At the end of the course the students will have acquired and will be able to use, linguistic and cultural structures, skills and strategies in oral and written interaction in Italian language for academic purposes.
A2+ or B1 language competence level in Italian.
Course unit content
The course leads foreign students to the acquisition of linguistic and communicative competences in Italian as an L2 of an intermediate or upper-intermediate type, according to the entrance level of students. In particular the course aims to develop linguistic structures, strategies and skills used in the oral and written comprehension and communication in Italian Language for academic purposes. The syllabus is drawn upon the levels as in the Commom European Framework of References for Languages modified in order to cover skills and language structures found in the academic language.
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Textbooks will be chosen after testing students on arrival in Parma according to their language competences.
Lectures; interaction in couples or/and groups; workshops.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written Exam. It lasts 3 hours and is divided in three sections. The first session is an oral comprehension with two possible activities chosen among: multiple choice or true/false, open questions, charts, diagrams and/or summaries to be filled in with single words, titles selection. The second part includes the comprehension of two different kinds of text. The first text demands the insertion of titles, paragraphs and/or whole text as well as the completion of a chart. Second text: a close activity. The third part is testing the use of language using a fill into the blanks activity, multiple choice, matching activity, vocabulary activities focused upon synonyms, antonyms, etc. Activities testing the use of conjunctives and punctuation. The forth part is focused on the writing of a text based upon images, charts, diagrams, lists of information, etc.
The course is blended, ie. based on lessons and language instruction hours in class accompanied by guided self-access work aimed at the acquisition of competences in Italian for academic purposes to be done using the distance learning platform of the University of Parma.