Italian I

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 105
Type: P, V

Course Description

Objectives and competences

The students develop the following:

  • advanced competences in Italian;
  • competences in language problem solving;
  • the ability to describe and theoretically analyse language principles;
  • competences in the use of adequate language resources;
  • the ability to identify the grammatical structure of Italian as the basis for practical translation;
  • the ability to analyse grammatical elements in a text;
  •  competences in Italian phonetics/phonology
  •  the ability to analyse prosodic features and sentence intonation
  • reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.

Content (syllabus outline)

The course is divided into three units:

  1. a) Italian Grammar 1
  2. b) Italian Phonetics
  3. c) Italian Language Practice 1


a) Italian Grammar 1:

Students gain familiarity with the rules of grammatical construction and the relationships between the constituents of a sentence. The course focuses on the noun and article as constituents of the nominal phrase. 

b) Italian Phonetics: The students gain familiarity with the fundamentals of Italian phonetics/phonology, the standard pronunciation of Italian, the features of the Italian vowels and consonants, as well as the prosodic features of the Italian language.

c) Italian Language Practice 1:

Speaking: pairwork, group discussion. Reading: working with original texts, comprehension exercises. Listening: working with audio texts, comprehension exercise. Writing: exploring the process of writing. The focus is on general and specialised vocabulary building, collocations, idioms etc.


  • Dardano, M. in P. Trifone (1995). Grammatica italiana con nozioni di linguistica. Bologna: Zanichelli.
  • Ignone, A. (2002). Primi piani sugli italiani. Perugia: Guerra.
  • Canepari, L. (1999): Manuale di Pronuncia Italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli.
  • Costamagna, L. (1996). Pronunciare l’italiano. Manuale di pronuncia italiana per stranieri, livello intermedio e avanzato. Perugia: Guerra.
  • Renzi, L., G. Salvi in A. Cardinaletti (2001). Grande grammatica italiana di consultazione. Bologna: Il Mulino.


  1. Enrollment in the first year of Interlingual Communication.


The final grade consists of the average from the two subjects (Italian Phonetics and Italian Language Practice). To pass, students must get a positive grade in two subjects.

  • Italian Phonetics: Exam (40 % of the final grade).
  • Italian Language Practice: Midterm tests (40%) and final exam (60%) – 40 % of the final grade.
  • Italian Grammar 1: Midterm test (20 % of the final grade)
  1. Forms of marking: 6-10 or A-E (positive grade), 1-5 or F (negative grade). The assessment is in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the examination regulations of the Faculty of Arts.