Course Overview

Welcome to the Diploma in Italian Online: Intermediate. You are going to be part of a ground-breaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners. Unlike many distance learning courses designed for individual and totally independent learning, this diploma course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach and students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their peers and e-tutor. Three on campus sessions per year are also included.

The Diploma in Italian Online: Intermediate concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses carefully selected authentic material to introduce or consolidate the structures and functions of the language. In addition, a cultural module will explore aspects of Italian life from an intercultural perspective and stimulate discussions about them.

Students will be guided through more advanced structures and functions of the language. By the end of each semester/year you should be able to interact confidently in a variety of situations.

Visit our Diploma in Italian Online blog where you can sample some course materials and experience what it is like to learn in an online environment.

Applications and Selections

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Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

The Diploma in Italian is open to everybody and is particularly suited to those who need flexibility in their time and mode of study and/or live away from Galway. Workload will amount to approximately 6 hours per week. 

Basic computer skills are sufficient: ability to download and upload files, navigate websites, use emails and Skype-style applications. An introductory on-campus session at the beginning of the course will explain in very simple terms how to use these applications and will take you through all the steps necessary to become familiar with our intuitive tools.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Diploma in Italian Online {Intermediate} must have already obtained a level A2 of fluency in Italian. Evidence of this langauge competency can be submitted as part of your application. Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements

Duration

2 years, part-time

Next start date

September

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

NFQ level

7

Mode of study

Online

ECTS weighting

30

Award

Diploma in Italian, NUI Galway

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

All teachers and e-tutors on this course are native speakers. They will guide you through the interactive and participative modules, which emphasize collaborative learning in order to avoid any feelings of isolation. Lecture packages will be delivered weekly online and will include comprehension tasks, individual and group work, conversation and intercultural aspects.

By the end of year 1, students will achieve level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

By the end of year 2, students will achieve level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (15 Credits)

Required IT8100: Italian Communication Skills 1 - Part 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module continues to develop the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) using regular practice based, as much as possible, on authentic material. At the end of the module students will have consolidated and expanded on level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize and utilize formulaic expressions.
  2. React appropriately to pragmatic aspects of communication.
  3. Recognize and produce oral sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment), routine tasks and aspects of his/her background
  4. Compose short and simple written texts relating to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment), routine tasks and aspects of his/her background.
  5. Articulate simple conversation relating to persons and events in the present and the past.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Italian-English Dictionary" by Collins
  2. "Italian Grammari in Practice" by Susanna Nocchi
    Publisher: Alma Edizioni
The above information outlines module IT8100: "Italian Communication Skills 1 - Part 1" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required IT8102: Italian Cultural Landscape 1


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The course will introduce students to aspects of Italian culture and society from both a linguistic and intercultural perspective, exploring arts, music, cinema and literature as well as societal issues
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Acquire an understanding of cultural and societal issues relating to Italy.
  2. Reflect on intercultural similarities/differences between Italy and their Home/Adopted country.
  3. Read adapted literary/journalistic texts.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Storia e testi di letteratura italiana per stranieri" by Balboni-Cardona
    Publisher: Guerra Edizioni
  2. "Storia italiana per stranieri" by Balboni-Santipolo
    Publisher: Guerra Edizioni
The above information outlines module IT8102: "Italian Cultural Landscape 1" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required IT8101: Italian Communication Skills 1 - Part 2


Semester 2 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize clear, standard input (oral/aural/written) on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  2. Produce clear and understandable standard output (oral/written) on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  3. Conduct meaningful communicative exchanges during most situations likely to arise when travelling in Italy.
  4. Manage situations requiring understanding of basic bureaucratic procedures.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Italian-English Dictionary" by Collins
  2. "Italian Grammar in Practice" by Susanna Nocchi
    Publisher: Alma Edizioni
The above information outlines module IT8101: "Italian Communication Skills 1 - Part 2" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 2 (15 Credits)

Required IT8103: Italian Communication Skills 2 - Part 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module continues to develop the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) using regular practice based, as much as possible, on authentic material. At the end of the module students will have progressed through level B1 of the European Frameworfk of Reference for Languages
(Language of instruction: Italian)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize the main ideas of texts (oral/aural/written) on various matters.
  2. Produce clear and understandable output (oral/written) with a degree of spontaneity.
  3. Conduct meaningful communicative exchanges during most situations likely to arise when travelling or working in Italy.
  4. Express opinions, hopes and ambitions.
  5. Formulate explanations and plans.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Advanced Italian Grammar in Practice" by Susanna Nocchi
    Publisher: Alma Edizioni
  2. "Italian-English Dictionary" by Collins
The above information outlines module IT8103: "Italian Communication Skills 2 - Part 1" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required IT8105: Italian Cultural Landscape 2


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The course will introduce students to aspects of Italian culture and society from both a linguistic and intercultural perspective, exploring arts, music, cinema and literature as well as societal issues
(Language of instruction: Italian)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Read Italian literary/journalistic texts.
  2. Reflect on intercultural similarities/differences between Italy and their Home/Adopted country.
  3. Read adapted literary/journalistic texts.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Storia e testi di letteratura italiana per stranieri." by Balboni-Cardona
    Publisher: Guerra Edizioni
  2. "Storia italiana per stranieri" by Balboni-Santipolo
    Publisher: Guerra Edizioni
The above information outlines module IT8105: "Italian Cultural Landscape 2" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required IT8104: Italian Communication Skills 2 - Part 2


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

his module continues to develop the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) using regular practice based, as much as possible, on authentic material. At the end of the module students will have achieved level B1 and acquired some elements of B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
(Language of instruction: Italian)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize the main ideas of texts (oral/aural/written) on both concrete and abstract topics, including simple technical discussions on his/her field of specialization.
  2. Produce clear and understandable output (oral/written) with a degree of spontaneity and fluency, using connectives and complex syntax.
  3. Conduct meaningful communicative exchanges spanning a variety of topics and situations.
  4. Express detailed opinions, hopes and ambitions.
  5. Formulate detailed explanations and plans
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Adanced italian Grammar in Practice" by Susanna Nocchi
    Publisher: Alma Edizioni
  2. "Italian-English Dictionary" by Collins
The above information outlines module IT8104: "Italian Communication Skills 2 - Part 2" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give people enhanced language skills whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. At the end of the course, students will have an additional transferable skill with the knowledge of a new language. They will also have improved communication ability both in written and oral tasks, and a recognized university qualification in the Italian language.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a.

 
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form ‌ for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Laura Incalcaterra McLoughlin

Italian Department
NUI Galway
Tel: 091-492240
E-mail: laura.mcloughlin@nuigalway.ie
https://italianonlinenuig.wordpress.com/