School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Languages and Grammatical Concepts 3A: ItalianWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101711.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 20

Assumed Knowledge
Successful completion of 40 credit points of Italian Language at Level 2.

Equivalent Units
102011 - Italian 301, 102012 - Italian 302

Incompatible Units
100136 - Italian 301, 101269 - Languages 303: Grammatical Concepts Across Languages

About this Unit
In 2013 this unit replaced by 102011 - Italian 301 and 102012 - Italian 302. This is an advanced Level 3 language and linguistics unit for students of modern Italian. Lectures for the grammatical concepts component are held in English for students of all languages while other activities are language-specific. The aim of the unit is twofold. On the one hand it aims, to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the ways in which major concepts used in everyday speech and writing are mapped and organized in the lexicon and the grammar of human languages, and how these forms develop in learners and users. On the other hand, it aims to develop advanced comprehension and production skills in Italian language, including higher stages optional structures, through critical examination of contemporary and historical text and discourse samples from a variety of registers. An understanding of contemporary Italian culture and society is also fostered through comparative research projects on specific cultural, social and/or linguistic, aspects that are of interest to students. A range of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) activities are utilised for this unit.

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