Introductory Italian A
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course introduces the study of Italian language and contemporary Italian culture and society. While its primary purpose is to lay the foundation for all subsequent Italian language courses at Griffith, the introduction it provides to another language and culture makes it also interesting and useful to those who do not intend to continue with Italian. Assessment is by language quizzes during semester and oral and written examinations at the end of semester.Course IntroductionIn this beginner course students start developing listening comprehension skills through a variety of authentic audiovisual materials and learn key linguistic functions enabling them to conduct basic conversations on a number of everyday topics. The course also focuses students? attention on basic grammatical structures and patterns required for writing the language. Students learn about aspects of Italian culture and society through observation and analysis of language and its use in a variety of contexts. By the end of this course students' proficiency in oral and written Italian will progress towards the "A1 Breakthrough" (Beginner) level of linguistic competency described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)Course AimsThis course is for complete beginners. It introduces the study of Italian language and culture and lays the foundation for subsequent Italian courses. It develops students? listening comprehension skills and fluency and accuracy in speaking. It also introduces basic patterns required for writing the language. The course focuses also on the development of learning strategies.In particular the course aims to:expose students to a variety of authentic audiovisual and written materials for the study of language in context;familiarise students with linguistic functions used in a number of everyday situations;develop students? ability to conduct basic conversations on a number of everyday topics;focus students? attention on basic grammatical structures;introduce students to aspects of Italian culture and society through the analysis of various linguistic features and contexts of language use.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 understand basic oral and written Italian in a number of everyday situations;2 produce basic spoken and written Italian for a variety of purposes in a number of contexts;3 demonstrate awareness of the fundamental grammatical, syntactic and semantic structures of the Italian language;4 employ a range of language learning strategies to manage the learning of Italian.
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Log of Learning Activities
Test or quiz
Language Quiz 1
Test or quiz
Language Quiz 2
Test or quiz
Exam - selected and constructed responses
Final Written Exam
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