ITALIAN 106G : Italian Language for Beginners 1


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students learn to speak, read and write Italian, studying aspects of contemporary Italian society and thought. This course does not count towards a major in Italian. For students with no previous knowledge of Italian.

Course Overview

This first-year language course follows the guidelines set out by the Council of Europe's official language policy document “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning,Teaching, Assessment” (Links to an external site.), and seeks a balance between the communicative and structural elements of language learning. Its aim is to guide learners to become aware of their personal learning style and strategies, and to support them in their independent learning while they are developing their individual linguistic system. The language acquisition process takes place and is reinforced through daily contact with the target language and through the interactive computer component. The structures of the language emerge from the linguistic encounters in class, where language teaching is embedded in the socio-cultural context of contemporary Italy. The multimedia component reinforces, tests and contextualises language learning done in the classroom.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if a 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: University

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, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Demonstrate understanding and use of familiar everyday expressions and phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  3. Describe yourself and others and ask and answer questions about yourself regarding provenance, family, home, work or study, interests and hobbies. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  4. Provide and request information regarding your surroundings and travel. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  5. Invite and respond to invitations of various type. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  6. Express wishes, plans and desires for the future. (Capability 1 and 2)
  7. Communicate by making phone calls and writing simple e-mails. (Capability 1 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Miniprogetti 10% Individual Coursework
Tests in class 20% Individual Test
CANVAS minitests 10% Individual Test
Oral test 20% Individual Test
Final Written Exam 40% Individual Examination

Important: A prerequisite for the oral test is to have a minimum class attendance of 80%. Thus, students who have accumulated 9 unjustified hours of absence by Week 11 are not entitled to sit the oral test in Week 12.

Next offered

Offered for the last time Semester1 2020

Learning Resources

• T. Marin and S. Magnelli. The Italian Project 1a, Edilingua (Revised edition of the workbook).

Recommended, available from Ubiq:
• M.Dominici. Dieci Racconti, Edilingua.

They are available to purchase either in store or online via the links below:

Online dictionaries and translators:
Use of online dictionaries and translators is allowed (and useful) only for one word at a time, NEVER for sentences or entire paragraphs. Use of online dictionaries and translators is NEVER allowed during in class tests and the oral exam.

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 4 hours of lectures, 4 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital 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.

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.

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.

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 at

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.

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.

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.