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.

Readings

  • 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.

Prerequisites

  1. Enrollment in the first year of Interlingual Communication.

Assessment

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.