Basic Modern Italian I

lfial1175  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Basic Modern Italian I
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h + 30.0 h
Giusto Carmela (compensates Maeder Costantino); Maeder Costantino;
Having learned any language at secondary school level
Main themes
Beginner students, thanks to teaching methods derived from research into intercomprehension, will in just a few weeks learn to read scientific or journalistic texts written in modern Italian. They will independently discover the rules and conventions which enable communication between French and Italian. During practical sessions, they will be encouraged to speak, debate and write in Italian. Practical tasks will be undertaken in small groups.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • To know how to read, summarise and translate a newspaper or scientific article written in modern Italian without using a grammar or dictionary.
  • To master standard communication situations.
  • To know how to use basic grammar and vocabulary.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The aim of this course (along with course LROM1751 in the second semester) is to attain a basic knowledge of the Italian language (normative grammar, essential vocabulary, introduction to the culture). Comprehension and written and oral compositions will be developed.
Thanks to intercomprehension, the student will be able, from the beginning, to read texts at B1 level (Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The course also aims to develop students' ability to understand texts dealing with Italian culture. 
Teaching methods
The course encourages students to learn independently. Intercomprehension allows the students to take an active part in their discovery of the Italian language thanks to the close similarities between the romance languages, including French, but also to develop their knowledge of metalinguistics.
Students will acquire knowledge of grammar through focussed noticing activities. Online exercises enable them to develop the automatic reflexes necessary to compose texts or maintain a conversation.
Tutorial sessions will assist the students in developing the independent learning skills required by this course.
Evaluation methods
The student will be evaluated as follows:
  • January Session
- Continuous assessment with tests during the course (Grammar)     (1/3)
- Written exam during the examination session  (Intercomprehension)     (1/3)
- Oral exam during the examination session (Exercice sessions)                (1/3)
  •  June Session
- Written exam during the examination session (Grammar & Intercomprehension) (2/3)
- Oral exam during the examination session (Exercice sessions)                       (1/3)
  •  September Session
- Written exam during the examination session (Grammar & Intercomprehension) (2/3)
- Oral exam during the examination session (Exercice sessions)                           (1/3)

The student must pass all the three sections of the course.
A student has to resit the sections he failed.
Manuel Capire
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Italian Studies