ITALIAN 100/100G : Introductory Italian Language


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Learn basic Italian language structures and communication skills, including common words and basic phrases concerning everyday life. Acquire skills of interacting verbally by asking and answering straightforward questions on familiar topics. The course is delivered through a combination of class instruction and interactive online activities. For students with no previous knowledge of Italian.

Course Overview

This first-year language course has a blended learning structure: 2 hours in class per week, 2+ hours online with the use of a specifically designed resource, 2+ hours of independent study in preparation for formal assessment.

The aim of this course is to guide learners to develop their learning style and strategies, and to contextualize language learning in the target culture, whilst developing linguistic abilities. The language acquisition process takes place and is reinforced through constant contact with the target language through the online resource. The structures of the language emerge from the linguistic encounters with contemporary Italy and are reinforced and applied in class. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: ITALIAN 106. May not be taken if an equivalent or more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Communicate in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.3)
  2. Demonstrate understanding and use of familiar everyday expressions and phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2 and 4.3)
  3. Describe yourself and others and ask and answer questions about yourself regarding provenance, family, home, work or study, interests and hobbies. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1 and 4.3)
  4. Invite and respond to invitations of various type. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1, 4.3, 5.1 and 6.1)
  5. Exhibit cultural competence: specific regions and cities, regional traditions and festivals, historic cafès, regional cuisine and products, everyday lifestyle. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic language structures: gender and number; articles and agreement; prepositions, partitive, possessives; subject pronouns; verbs in the present, passato prossimo and future tense. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1 and 6.1)
  7. Be able to communicate by making phone calls and writing simple e-mails. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 4.3 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 80% Group & Individual Coursework
Final Exam 20% Individual Examination

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, 2+ hours online on the learning resource In Italia con Giacomo (phone, tablet, computer), 2+ hours of Independent study: Revision, Learning Vocab & Verb Conjugation from textbook and Canvas modules; individual and group Practice; virtual Discussion with classmates (via Canvas and social media); Preparation for video presentations, online quizzes, in-class tests, and exams.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This is a Blended course. Some learning activities will be available as online materials and activities. 

This course is not open to offshore students.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. 

Attendance and class participation are expected.  

Lectures will NOT be available as recordings.

Attendance on campus is required for tests and presentations.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Prescribed TEXTBOOKS, available from Ubiq 
T. Marin, L. Ruggieri, S. Magnelli (2020)
The new Italian Project 1a:
An Italian Language and Culture Course for English Speakers

In Italia con Giacomo:
A learning resource available online, which you will access through Canvas. This is a trip you are undertaking - as you progress on your trip through Italy, your knowledge of the language will progress as well. It contains 4 lessons per week, and you are required to do them all to reach your destination for the week.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Based on the feedback collected in 2022, more time will be devoted to pair/group communication activities in the classroom aimed at improving speaking skills and fostering socialization among students. "In Italia con Giacomo" online activities will start only from the second week, while the first week will be a non-graded practice. An instructional video will help students navigate the resource and more easily resolve any eventual technical issues.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 29/11/2022 04:01 p.m.