Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

ROMA1117 - Italian I


Credits : 5

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 15 hours of theory and 60 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
First term
Tuesday from 08:30 to 10:30 at 109 Marais 512
Second term
Friday from 14:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 310
Monday from 13:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 610

Language of instruction :
Italian and French

Learning outcomes :
Learning Italian language in its social and cultural context and in a comparative and reflexive dimension.
At the end of the first course, the student will be able to express in most everyday situations. S/he will have a good command of Italian grammar and morphology as well as a good knowledge of everyday vocabulary. The student will attain level A2 (CEFR)

Learning the history of Italian civilization from the 13th century to the end of the 19th century. At the end of this course, the student will have an analytical and synthetic understanding of Italian history and culture (art, literature, science and philosophy). S/he will learn the basic concepts of Italian civilization which are essential to integrate new knowledge.

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Co-requisites :

Course contents :
Philological introduction and common language learning. Oral and written comprehension and expression exercises. Nominal and verbal morphology. Basic vocabulary. Reading and translation of short literary texts.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Dr Ferrari is in charge of language courses. Classes are 2 hours per week (Semester 1 and Semester 2) and based on a hybrid methodology in which language teaching is combined with a cooperative and interactive learning in order to improve both the linguistic competence (grammar, vocabulary, syntax etc.) and productive ability (oral and written skills). Over the entirety of the course, students are expected to actively participate in lectures.

Professor Nannicini is in charge of the Theory part. Lectures are 1 hour per week in Semester 2 and consist of frontal classes, delivered with the aid of Power Point, allowing however space for interaction and discussion. The languages of instruction are French and Italian.

Attendance is compulsory. Two unjustified absences per Semester are permitted. As from the third unjustified absence, the student will not be allowed to take the exam.

In the event that part of the teaching may be carried out remotely, students will receive their instructions by Moodle. Students' active participation in these activities is strongly required.
Any modification (contents, evaluation, schedule, and so forth) related to external circumstances (health situation, etc.) will be notified via Moodle.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Semester 1: a two-hour and a half written examination in January.
Semester 2: a written examination, including the Language and Theory parts as well as an individual oral examination (Language plus Theory) in June.
Semester 1 result is exclusively based on the Language part, while in Semester 2 the final result is the average of both Language and Theory parts.

Recommended or required reading :
As for the Language Part (S1 and S2):
- course textbook: T. Marin Nuovissimo Progetto italiano 1, Roma: Edilingua, 2019,

As for the Theory part (S2) :
- Booklet (syllabus) ‘Storia della civiltà italiana' by Chiara Nannicini, available for sale at the reprography office of the university. With regard to the exam, the student will be required to study the chapters 1-12.

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