• Class Number 2995
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Catherine Travis
    • Bruna Carboni
    • Dr Julie Robarts
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course develops students' language competence while extending their knowledge of contemporary Italian culture and society through study of a selection of written texts and films. The course integrates written and multi-media materials to increase students' fluency and accuracy in oral and written forms, including recognition and ability to use appropriately idiomatic forms of the language within their cultural context. Active language production is encouraged in classroom situations, structured conversations and oral presentations. Class time is divided between interactive language work using information from the Italian media, focus and reflection on form, and analysis of written and audiovisual materials.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate their understanding of extended speech, including lectures in Italian, TV news, current affairs programs and films using a variety of registers and spoken Italian;
  2. apply their clear grasp of the major aspects of Italian grammar and related linguistic terminology by identifying and producing complex linguistic structures orally and in writing;
  3. demonstrate their command of a wide range of vocabulary, idioms and Italian gestures; phonetics and phonology of Italian; and
  4. understand salient issues, events, figures and texts of Italian culture.

Required Resources

A Linguistic History of Italy. John J. Kinder & Grazia Scotellaro (ANU ePress: Canberra, 2020). Available through Wattle and online.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

All work submitted must be the student's own work, completed without the help of others (including others with language abilities), and without the use of Google translate (or other similar websites). Improper collaboration or use of external materials of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lez. 1: Introduzione al corso– cultura, genere (gender) e società; e l’antica Roma Lez. 2: Il passato remoto; le vacanze, i viaggi, un luogo del cuore
2 Lez. 1: The Middle Ages Lez. 2: Il passato remoto; alcune fiabe
3 Lez. 1: Il Due e Trecento (1) Lez. 2: I pronomi diretti, indiretti, ‘ci’, ‘ne’; Il congiuntivo con malgrado, benché, nonostante, “La famiglia cambia faccia”
4 Lez. 1: Il Due e Trecento al femminile (2) Lez. 2: I pronomi relativi , Lettura “I mammoni”, Scene tratte dai film “Gli immaturi”, “Figli di papà”
5 Lez. 1: Il Rinascimento (1) Lez. 2: “Salviamo il pianeta” (video e ascolti con esercizi di comprensione) Test 1 (Lez. 2)
6 Lez. 1: Il Rinascimento al femminile (2) Lez. 2: “La Commedia dell’Arte” Seminario e workshop tenuti dall’attrice Bianca Bonino
7 Lez. 1: Il Seicento (1) Lez. 2: I comparativi irregolari; La Festa della Liberazione, la canzone Bella Ciao, Anzac Day, le feste in Italia e in Australia Written assignment 1 due
8 Lez. 1: Il Seicento al femminile (2) Lez. 2: Il congiuntivo presente e passato; i social media
9 Lez. 1: Rivoluzione e Risorgimento Lez. 2: I connettivi concessivi; “Meglio soli che mal accompagnati”
10 Lez. 1: L’Italia Unita Lez. 2: Il congiuntivo imperfetto e trapassato; l’importanza della lettura
11 Lez. 1: L’Italia transnazionale: immigrazione ed emigrazione Lez. 2: Il periodo ipotetico; l’importanza delle lingue Test 2 (Lez. 2)
12 Lez. 1: l’Italia contemporanea – La crisi dei migranti e rifugiati Lez. 2: Orale Orale (Lez. 2)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. In class test 1 (15%) 15 % 1, 2, 3, 4
2. Written assignment (15%) 15 % 1, 2, 3, 4
3. In-Class Test 2 (10%) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Orale / Dialogues (25%) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4
5. Written assignment 2 (20%) 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
6. Participation (15%) 15 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

1. In class test 1 (15%)

The test will be based on the linguistic structures studied up to this point of the course (10%), and a short written answer to an assigned question relating to the cultural content (5%) Duration: 50 mins

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

2. Written assignment (15%)

A composition of 500-700 words based on one of the literary or historical texts studied, written as a first-person response in the voice of, and from the perspective of, a contemporary outsider to that culture. You will present a 3-5 minute draft your assignment to a small group in class before submission, and provide peer assessment of others' presentations against a rubric. (Week 5, included in your participation mark.)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

3. In-Class Test 2 (10%)

The test will be based on the linguistic structures studied throughout the semester. Duration: 40 mins

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

4. Orale / Dialogues (25%)

The oral assessment will consist of two parts, conducted in Week 12

1.    Dialogues with your chosen partner. You will revise all the topics of the course and prepare dialogues on them. You will start the orals with 2 topics of your choice and you will have about 12/15 minutes to talk about them in pairs then you will select blind a third topic (6/8 minutes).

2.    A dialogue with the examiner about the content of the course

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

5. Written assignment 2 (20%)

Students will write a reflective composition of between 600-800 words, on a topic chosen from a set of topics provided, deriving from the cultural content of the course. (Period/theme chosen must be other than that of Written assignment 1.) You will present a 3-5 minute draft your assignment to a small group in class before submission, and provide peer assessment of each other’s presentations against a rubric. (Week 11, included in your participation mark.)

Assessment Task 6

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

6. Participation (15%)

Culture (10%): online reading quizzes, presented weekly from week 3; group presentations of 3 readings; oral presentation, and oral feedback on classmates’ presentations, of written assignments; participation in class discussions and activities

Language (5%): Participation and class engagement

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Catherine Travis

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics, language variation and change, language contact, bilingualism, Spanish, Australian English, Australian migrant communities

Catherine Travis

By Appointment
Bruna Carboni

Research Interests

Bruna Carboni

By Appointment
Dr Julie Robarts

Research Interests

Dr Julie Robarts

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