Faculty of Arts


Introductory Italian Language


Learn Italian culture, language structures and communication skills for beginners. ITALIAN 100 will allow you to continue with Italian and is prerequisite to ITALIAN 107.

The course is delivered through a combination of two hours in class per week and an app available online through digital fixed and portable devices for ease of access and flexibility.

The in-class component focuses on oral and written production, fostering the development of individual language and communication strategies.

The app component, In Italia con Giacomo, involves you in a language adventure: Giacomo is an electric Vespa 2018 model, who acts as a travelling companion and learning guide. Giacomo and you travel together from North to South of Italy, acquiring language and culture in the process. The next best thing to learning Italian in Italy.

Learning outcomes

Cultural competence: 

  • Regions and cities
  • Regional traditions and festivals
  • Historic cafes
  • Regional cuisine and products
  • Everyday lifestyle
  • Means of transport

Communicative competence:

  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • Introduce and describe yourself and others and ask and answer questions about yourself regarding provenance, family, home, work or study, interests and hobbies
  • Ask and provide information regarding your surroundings and travel
  • Invite and accept/turn down invitations of various types
  • Express wishes, plans and desires for the future
  • Make phone calls and write simple emails

Topics covered

  • Basic knowledge of grammatical gender and number
  • Definite and indefinite articles and agreement in gender and number
  • Forming the plural of nouns and articles
  • Forming and distinguishing between definite, indefinite and partitive articles
  • Subject pronouns
  • The auxiliary verbs to be, to have
  • Present of first-, second- and third-conjugation verbs
  • Present-tense conjugation of common irregular verbs
  • Present perfect tense of first-, second- and third-conjugation verbs
  • Future and future anterior tense of first-, second- and third- conjugation verbs

Please note that if you are a Native Speaker of this subject, or have passed a more advance language acquisition course in this subject, you cannot take this course.

If you are a Native Speaker and enrol into this course it could be considered cheating which may result in you being found to have committed Academic Misconduct.

Native Speaker refers to those who can speak fluently and read and write without difficulty. You may have acquired this language from early childhood and speaking this language remains one of your primary means of communication.

Students enrolled into this course will need to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration.


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Semester 1, repeated Semester 2


Lecturer(s)  Barbara Martelli


T. Marin and S. Magnelli. The Italian Project 1a, Edilingua. 


ITALIAN 100: 15.0 points


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

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