ULIT51010 - LEAP Italian 1 (A1/A2)

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Course: ULIT51010 - LEAP Italian 1 (A1/A2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Italian before. 
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure. 
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May). 
  • Level of attainment: (A1/A2) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework. 
  • Timetable: Click here


This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Italian language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the basics of language structure and the basics of Italian grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Italian;
  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday
  • situations and write simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of Italy and it’s culture.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1/A2 of the Common
European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online
resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching Hours

  • 69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time
  • Independent Study Hours: 140 hours (not including assessment time)


Semester 1:

  • Written 30% January, during the University exams’ period

Dates to be confirmed

Semester 2:

  • Listening 10% Week 11
  • Speaking 30% Week 12
  • Written 30% May/June, during the University exams’ period

Dates to be confirmed

*All assessments are summative. Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from classbased learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by


Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts


Recommended texts



LEAP Italian 2 – This is subject to confirmation as the course LEAP Italian 2 may not be offered in 24/2.