• Class Number 3630
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
    • Bruna Carboni
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

The aim of this course is to deepen and build upon the introductory grounding in Italian that students have gained by completing their first year of Italian, or equivalent. Audiovisual material and computer aided language teaching are incorporated into the classroom, and the course includes study of cultural texts to further students' linguistic and cultural learning. Active language production is encouraged in classroom situations such as role playing, structured conversations, and reading and writing activities. Class time is divided between interactive language work, linguistic reflection, and study of Italian culture and society. The assessment is designed to optimise learning through tasks that presume a holistic conception of language and culture learning.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand a range of short written, aural and visual texts, on linguistic and cultural aspects of Italian history, society, and everyday life;
  2. converse spontaneously on familiar topics;
  3. produce brief, fluent and accurate oral and written texts, describing experiences, and expressing their critical opinion on events, people and texts;
  4. demonstrate increasingly broad expertise in critical thinking by extracting, synthesising and analysing information from a variety of cultural texts and communicating their own reactions, opinions and arguments.

Required Resources

Textbook and Workbook for: New Italian Espresso 2 (Intermediate and Advanced Italian course for English speakers), Italy, Alma Edizioni, 2018 (Also available in E-book format). We will also still be using the first volume of New Italian Espresso - if you don't have it you don't need to purchase it, but please let Bruna know.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Further material will be provided on Wattle.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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 Introduction to ITAL 2005Course Proposed/agreed assessmentDal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 13 “Come siamo”Contenuti di lingua: I superlativi assoluti, il passato prossimo con i verbi modali, la forma progressiva (stare+gerundio), la descrizione fisica e della personalità.
Contenuti di cultura: Introduzione alla componente di cultura: la letteratura e l’arte italiana dalle origini al Rinascimento. I primi documenti letterari in lingua volgare.
Pre-,in-, and post-class activities start (weekly)
2 Dal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 13 “Come siamo”Contenuti di lingua: Invitare qualcuno, accettare/rifiutare, la forma progressiva (stare+gerundio), Caffé culturale e videocorso. Contenuti di cultura: Il Duecento, la Scuola Siciliana e Giacomo da Lentini Continous Assessment starts (weekly)
3 Dal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 14 “Casa dolce casa”Contenuti di lingua: Descrivere una casa, comparativi di minoranza, uguaglianza e maggioranza, i comparativi irregolari, il condizionale presente dei verbi regolari e di alcuni verbi irregolari.  Contenuti di cultura: San Francesco e il Cantico delle Creature
4 Dal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 14 “Casa dolce casa”Contenuti di lingua: Il condizionale presente per dare dei consigli, esprimere desideri. Caffè culturale e videocorso.Contenuti di cultura: Dante e La Divina Commedia
5 Dal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 15 “Vivere in Italia”Contenuti di lingua: L’imperativo (tu, voi), consigli per chi viaggia in Italia, L’imperativo (tu, voi) con i pronomi.Laboratorio di scrittura e ripasso in preparazione per il Test 1 Contenuti di cultura: Petrarca e i suoi Sonetti
6 Dal libro di testo NIE 1: unità 15 “Vivere in Italia”Contenuti di lingua: potenziamento dell'imperativo (tu, voi) con i pronomi, writing activities. Caffé culturale e videocorso. Breve ripasso per il Test 1.. Contenuti di cultura: Boccaccio e il Decameron In-class test 1
7 Dal libro di testo NIE 2: unità 1 “Ti ricordi?”Contenuti di lingua: Il passato prossimo e l’imperfetto (ripasso e potenziamento) parlare di ricordi. gli alterati (-ino, -one), videocorso. Contenuti di cultura: Angela da Foligno, Caterina da Siena e Trotula di Ruggiero/di Salerno
8 Dal libro di testo NIE 2: unità 2 “Come va?”Contenuti di lingua: L’imperativo formale, dare consigli in situazioni formali, le parti del corpo. Contenuti di cultura: I grandi artisti del Rinascimento
9 Dal libro di testo NIE 2: unità 2 “Come va?”Contenuti di lingua: l’imperativo formale con i pronomi , videocorso.Dal libro di testo NIE 2: unità 3 “Egregio Dottor…”Contenuti di lingua: leggere e capire un annuncio di lavoro e un cv, il futuro semplice per parlare di progetti o eventi futuri(ripasso). Roleplay di coppia e esercizi di consolidamento sull’imperativo e sul condizionale per dare consigli Contenuti di cultura: Caravaggio e Artemisia Gentileschi
10 Dal libro di testo NIE 2: unità 3 “Egregio Dottor…”Contenuti di lingua: il futuro semplice per fare supposizioni, il periodo ipotetico della realtà, ripasso di alcuni verbi irregolari al futuro, il verbo “bisogna + infinito”, il verbo “metterci”, caffè culturale e videocorso.Laboratorio di scrittura. Contenuti di cultura: Ripasso
11 Attività di ripasso per l'oral assessment e per il Test 2. In-class test 2
12 Oral assessment Oral assessment

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
In-class tests (45%) 45 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Continous Assessment (20%) 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Oral assessment (25%) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Pre-, in-, and post-class activities (10%) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

In-class tests (45%)

Two in-class writing tests, run in class in Weeks 6 (20%) and 11 (25%), to test knowledge of grammar, reading, listening and writing skills, and knowledge of Italian culture. No dictionaries or other aids are permitted. Both tests will also include an in-class composition (250-300 words) about a topic reflecting the content of the course. Please note you will need to bring your laptop in class, as the test will be completed via Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Continous Assessment (20%)

Weekly quizzes (2% each) to be completed at home on Wattle to test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and culture with a series of exercises such as T/F, multiple choice, fill-in the blanks, etc. You can attempt each quiz as many time as you like and only the best result will be recorded. Check class overview and Wattle for due dates.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Oral assessment (25%)

This oral assessment will consist of two parts:

1.      You will be asked to work with a partner to prepare 12-15 minutes of dialogues based on a set of topics relating to the material covered in the course (language component only). On the day of the oral you and your partner will be given three of those topics, and you will have 15 minutes to practice before presenting them to the examiner(s).

2.      Conversation with the examiner(s) about the content of the course, based on a set of questions/topics you are given.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Pre-, in-, and post-class activities (10%)

Attendance and active and informed participation in class discussion; completion of pre-class, in-class and post-class activities.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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.

Quizzes and In-class tests will be completed online via Wattle (you will need a laptop computer)

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Within two weeks, online and/or in class.

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).

Dr Francesco Ricatti

Research Interests

Migration, Transnational history, Transcultural Studies, Sport Studies

Dr Francesco Ricatti

By Appointment
Bruna Carboni

Research Interests

Bruna Carboni

By Appointment

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