Course unit partition: Primo Semestre

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
of face-to-face activities
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, 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 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 at a pre-intermediate and an intermediate level, according to the entrance level of students. In particular the course aims to develop linguistic structures, strategies and skills used in 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.

Full programme

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Textbooks will be chosen after testing students on arrival in Parma according to their language competences.

Teaching methods

Lectures; interaction in couples or/and groups; workshops. This will be applied also to online classes.
Classes will provided in two ways:
1 blended
2 online only, for students who are not in Parma at the moment or who cannot attend face-to-face classes.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written Exam. It lasts 2 hours and is divided in three sections. The first session is an oral comprehension with 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 connectives and punctuation. The forth part is focused on the writing of a text based upon images, charts, diagrams, lists of information, etc.

Other information

The extensive course is supported by self-access material provided online which allow students to acquire language competences for academic purposes under the teachers' supervision. This will be done using the distance learning platform of the University of Parma.