Italian - Intermediate level

lital1300  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Italian - Intermediate level
9 credits
90.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Scarpa Laura (coordinator);
A2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference is required.
Main themes
  • Revising basic skills in the context of communicative activities;
  • developing more complex functions such as expressing opinions and hypothesis;
  • improving both individual and interactive communicative skills;
  • developing listening comprehension skills.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  1. understand description of events, feelings and wishes expressed mainly in high-frequency everyday language;
  2. read simple articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems;
  3. understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters (job, school, leisure etc.) ;
  4. understand the main points of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs when the delivery is relatively slow and clear;
  5. take part into a conversation on familiar subjects without previous preparation;
  6. give a clear, detailed description of events and experiences;
  7. explain his/her viewpoint on a topical issue.
At the end of the course: B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
In the first weeks of the course the most important structures and functions of the language are soundly revised in the context of communicative activities. Subsequently, more complex structures and functions are presented (such as the expression of personal opinions, wishes, hypothesis etc.). Information on Italy, the Italian culture and society will be integrated in the material.
Teaching methods
The method gets its inspiration from the notional/functional approach and is mainly centered on developing communicative oral skills, not disregarding some forms of written skills like informal messages, formal letters, short news etc.
Hier are some activities in the classroom:
  • activities of anticipation and description based on images, textes or short videos;
  • conversations in pairs or small groups on topical subjects;
  • simple role plays on a given situation;
  • drills in the language lab or online;
  • listening comprehension activities (by means of audio and video material)
Moreover, in the first term each student will be asked to create his/her own language portfolio (language activities chosen by the student and performed outside the course timetable: language tandem, Italian film or tv series, books or comics, art exhibitions etc.) The language Portfolio will be included in the final assessment.
Evaluation methods
First term assessment (also for code LITAL1300E) includes the presentation of the individual Language Portfolio (to the class or the teacher), written continuous assessment (2 or 3 activities) as well as a final written test. (points distribution: 10 pts Portfolio, 3 pts continuous assessment, 7 pts written test).
Second term assessment includes a final written test and a short audio-video production on themes related to the course. (points distribution: 10 pts audio-vidéo production, 10 pts written test).
In the summer session, assessment will include the presentation of the student's Language Portfolio and the Audio-video production (with a conversation on these subjects) and will be completed by a written test on the most important language and grammar elements presented during the course.
NB1: a student with code LITAL1300E in the summer session will present only the Portfolio (and not the vidéo production)
NB2: in the summer session, the points of a previous continuous assessment will not be taken into consideration.
Other information
The students' reception will take place online (Teams) : please contact the teacher by e-mail to make an appointement.
Online resources
  • Learning material (such as the syllabus) will be available in Moodle
  • Références : the teacher will advise the students on links and tools to improve their learning activities
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Information and Communication