Specialist Subjects: Italian Language and Culture

Teaching

  • MLA140 Languages for All - Arabic 1

    This module is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the Arabic language. Students will be able to gain linguistic knowledge within the A1/1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Arabic. Special emphasis is given to the development of learners¿ communicative skills so as to allow them to use the language in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLA141 Languages for All - Arabic 2

    This module is designed for students who already have some basic previous knowledge of the Arabic language. Students will be able to gain linguistic knowledge within the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Arabic. Special emphasis is given to the development of learners¿ communicative skills so as to allow them to use the language in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLG140 Languages for All - German 1

    Students will be able to gain basic knowledge within the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listeneing, and speaking in German, and using German in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLG141 Languages for All - German 2

    Students will be able to gain basic knowledge within the A1 level of the Council of Europe scale in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German, and using German in an effective way in everyday situations.

  • MLI160A Italian Language 1A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI160B.

  • MLI160B Italian Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and in MLI160A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI160A.

  • MLI248 Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema

    This module introduces you to some classic Italian films (by Visconti, Fellini, Leone, and Antonioni) from a period between the 1940s and the 1970s when Italian film-makers were recognized as world leaders in their field. We also consider some more recent films (by Ozpetek, Moretti, Comencini. Virzì, and Rohrwacher) where the previous Italian cinematic tradition interacts with contemporary social developments, focusing on the impact of globalization and increasing social diversity on more traditional Italian concerns with local identity, family, and religion. Hence too themes of gender, sexuality, migration and race, prominent throughout the module, are especially so in the more recent films. There are also sessions on the social and historical context of the Italian cinematic tradition, and introducing you to descriptive and analytical concepts which help you write about the films studied. Assessment combines traditional essay work with guided exercises in film-reviewing which give you an opportunity to develop confidence in writing in a less purely academic and more practical style. The films studied are available on subtitled dvd's for use of students not studying for languages degrees.

  • MLI260A Italian Language 2A

    This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in Italian.

  • MLI260B Italian Language 2B

    This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLI260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian. This module aims to build on and consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired in MLI260A. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend inter-cultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to Italy. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in Italian.

  • MLI270A Intermediate Italian Language 2A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' Italian modules and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI270B.

  • MLI270B Intermediate Italian Language 2B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Italian which will equip students with the skills needed to use Italian in everyday situations and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' language modules and MLI270A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students' vocabulary in order to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Italian society and culture. The module aims to enhance students' employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Italian in contexts relating to sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLI270A.

  • MLI301A Italian General Language 3A

    A structured programme of mutually-supporting activities and exercises undertaken in class and privately is designed to develop and sharpen your skills in understanding and producing accurate, fluent and written Italian. Furthermore, this module offers practice and development of skills in translation from Italian (target language) to English, productive skills; writing in Italian (with a particular focus on essay writing) and speaking, as well as general communication skills. Writing and speaking classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, and will be supported by a series of grammar workshop that will reinforce your existing grammatical knowledge as well as introducing new concepts.

  • MLI301B Italian General Language 3B

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English to Italian (target language) and in the use of register in speaking and communicating in the target language. Writing and oral classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module and help you consolidate your theoretical knowledge of the Italian grammar, vocabulary and register.

  • MLI302 Italian for Professional Purposes 3

    You will be working on authentic material to further expand your knowledge of business terminology and familiarise yourself with a range of business-related topics. With the aim of improving your linguistic accuracy further, you will be practising various aspects of Italian grammar throughout the academic year. There is 1 hour per week + 1 hour every 2 weeks.

  • MLIM01 Advanced Translation (Italian - English)

    In 17 weekly two hour small-group seminars running through Semester 1 and into Semester 2, students will translate, discuss and annotate both non-technical and technical texts. Practice assignments will grow progressively longer to reflect real-world conditions and students will on occasion be expected to work together, critiquing and editing each other's work to produce a collaborative finished version. Techniques for discovering domain-specific knowledge and translating technical terminology will be explored and developed. Assessment will be by three test translations in different domains done through the year under exam conditions (2 hours with dictionaries and/or electronic resources), each counting for 25% of the marks of the module, plus one Terminology Project or Wikipedia Project counting for the final 25%.

  • MLIM60 Advanced English-Italian Translation for MA Exchange Students

    This module is only available to students coming to Swansea on an approved, single-semester M-level exchange from a translation and/or interpreting school in Europe (e.g. from the METS consortium). Teaching and assessment are identical to either the first or the second semester of the existing 20 credit, 2-semester Advanced Translation modules MLIM01 (Italian to English) OR MLIM30 (English to Italian), OR an approved mixture between them. Students taking MLIM60 will attend the same classes and submit the same two written assessments as those taking the corresponding semester of the longer module(s).

  • MLT307 Interpreting - Health Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Health, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other cultures studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); and Mental Health. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and language-laboratory based practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLT330 Interpreting - Local Government Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Local Government, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, and Education. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLTM30 Interpreting - Local Government Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), Conference Consecutive, and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Local Government and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, Education and Current Affairs of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies). Successful candidates will also be encouraged to apply to the European Commission Directorate General for Interpretation placement and freelance opportunities.