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ITAN201 Intermediate Italian A or equivalent

Unit rationale, description and aim

Proficiency in an additional language enhances employment opportunities and cross-cultural awareness.

This unit is designed for intermediate level users of Italian progressing from concrete to more abstract language use. It is linked to B1+ on the expanded Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and it aims to provide students with the ability to express ideas and respond to suggestions, opinions, or advice and discuss matters related to their academic or professional field. Students at this level should be able to clarify misunderstandings in spoken interaction, write letters or emails and compare and contrast ideas in writing as long as the topic is familiar.

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to have a conversation in a professional setting, carry out a prepared interview and answer further questions (for example, having a job interview, writing formal correspondence, giving instructions and imparting basic knowledge).

While the focus is on language, the unit should include relevant cultural and social elements, to increase students’ intercultural awareness and their ability to effectively interact in Italian.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate knowledge and use of Italian (its sound system, vocabulary and grammar) in formal social and professional interactions such as interviews or meetings, with the ability to adapt to unexpected situations (GA5, GA6)

LO2 - Identify and apply knowledge of different cultural perspectives which influence intercultural interactions in Italian (GA4)

LO3 - Demonstrate the ability to communicate in Italian using discipline-related and persuasive language in in academic and professional settings (GA5)

LO4 - Communicate in Italian with members of Italian-speaking communities at the level of proficiency linked to the ‘can do’ statements at B1+ level of the expanded EAQUALS/Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (GA5, GA6)

LO5 - Identify learning skills and strategies to continue developing language proficiency and intercultural awareness, including individual and collaborative learning activities (GA7).

Graduate attributes

GA4 - Think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - Demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - Solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - Work both autonomously and collaboratively 


Topics may include:

  • Studying or working at a university
  • Professions and employment
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Formal letters
  • Italian history and historical sites
  • Opera and theatre
  • Emotions, health and wellbeing
  • Social and professional etiquette

Language Functions and Competencies:

  • Describing and explaining goals
  • Discussing cause and effect
  • Writing a culturally appropriate CV and a cover letter
  • Preparing for a job interview
  • Giving and accepting compliments
  • Expressing emotions and giving reassurance
  • Expressing sympathy
  • Expressing wishes and appropriate social responses
  • Expressing stati d’animo
  • Expressing and responding to advice or suggestions

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode: 4 hours per week (8 hours per week in intensive mode). The usual semester pattern is 2 hours by video conference/virtual classroom across campuses and 2 hours face-to-face laboratory sessions. Presentation of new materials will be available for review on LEO.

Duration: 12 week-semester or equivalent in intensive block mode.

Students should expect to undertake 150 hours of study for this unit, including class attendance, weekly online exercises in LEO, interactive language practice and assignment preparation.

The approach to language learning and teaching is communicative with new language material presented in context using video and audio dialogues and readings. Students are expected to be active participants in all class activities including individual, pair and group work. Students will develop their independent learning strategies and skills through beginning to develop an Italian Portfolio to record their learning strategies, reflections and achievements in Italian.

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Listening and Speaking task: prepared and impromptu scenario role play with partner


LO1, LO5

GA4, GA5, GA7

Writing task: write a CV, including a cultural comparison of professional practice


LO2, LO3

GA4, GA5

Proficiency test: Listening, Reading, Language Use, Writing


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA4, GA5, GA6

Students will begin to develop their Italian Portfolio to showcase their achievements in Italian, their learning strategies and their ability to reflect upon the cultural aspects of effective communication. The Italian portfolio will be submitted through LEO and specified times throughout the semester.

Hurdle task

LO4, LO5

GA4, GA5, GA6

Representative texts and references

Students will be advised of textbook requirements in the first week of semester.

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