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ITALIAN at NUI GALWAY

SECOND YEAR ARTS BOOKLET



2015-16

ITALIAN,


SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND CULTURES

Top Floor, Arts Millennium Building, NUI, Galway. Telephone 091 - 493792

E-mail italian@nuigalway.ie

Website http://www.nuigalway.ie/italian





SECOND YEAR


COURSE DETAILS

Students are required to take all modules


Code

Module

Semester

ECTS

IT235

Intermediate Language I

1

5

IT236

Intermediate Language II

2

5

IT210

Oral

1 and 2

5

IT237

Applied Language Skills

1

5

IT238

Italian Culture and Society I

1

5

IT239

Italian Culture and Society II

2

5


Individual Course Details:


Course Semester Contact hours per week ECTS
IT235 Intermediate Language 1 1 3 5

Coordinator: Dr Laura McLoughlin

Course description: This is the core language course. Emphasis will be placed on significantly increasing competence in all aspects of language skills. In the Multimedia Lab classes students will develop both receptive and productive skills. Regular attendance will be required and attendance marks will be given as a portion of the final language marks. Learning Objectives: achievement of Level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisites: A pass in First Arts Italian or its equivalent.

Min./max. no. of students: No restriction apply.

Method of assessment & examination:

Continuous Assessment – 20% Active Participation – 10 %

Multimedia Lab – 20% Christmas exam – 50%

Languages of instruction: English and Italian.

Core texts: 1) The Italian Project 2 A, Edilingua.

2) Parliamo Italiano, Suzanne Branciforte, Anna Grassi (from 1st Year), as grammar reference.






Course


Semester


Contact hours per week


ECTS


IT236 Intermediate Language II

2

4

5



Coordinator: Dr Laura McLoughlin

Course description: This is the continuation of the language course in the second semester. Emphasis will be placed on significantly increasing competence in all aspects of language skills. In the Multimedia Lab classes students will continue to develop both receptive and productive skills. Regular attendance will be required and attendance marks will be given as a portion of the final language marks.

Learning Objectives: achievement of Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for

Languages.

Prerequisites: A pass in First Arts Italian or its equivalent.

Min./max. no. of students: No restriction apply.

Method of assessment & examination: Continuous assessment – 20 % Active participation – 10%

Multimedia Lab - 20% Summer exam – 50%



Languages of instruction: English and Italian.

Core texts: 1) The Italian Project 2B, Edilingua.

2) Parliamo Italiano, Suzanne Branciforte, Anna Grassi (from 1st Year), as grammar reference.



Course Semester Contact hours per week ECTS



IT210 Oral

Communication &Presentation

Skills

1 & 2 2 hours in Sem 1 5

2 hours in Sem 2



Coordinator: Dr Laura McLoughlin

Course description: This course focuses on students’ communication and presentation skills in the target language. Regular attendance will be required and attendance marks will be

given as a portion of the final language marks.



Learning Objectives: achievement of Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for

Languages at the end of Semester 2.

Prerequisites: A pass in First Arts Italian or its equivalent.

Min./max. no. of students: No restriction apply.

Method of assessment & examination: Oral exam – 50%

Active participation -10%



Presentations & Project Work during the year - 40%

Languages of instruction: Italian

Core texts: The Italian Project 2A (Sem 1) and 2B (Sem 2), Edilingua

Course Semester Contact hours ECTS
IT238 Italian Culture and Society I 1 24 hours per semester 5


Course co-ordinator: Prof. Paolo Bartoloni
Students must choose TWO out of the following THREE courses. Marks will be allocated on a 50/50 basis to the two courses that you choose.
1. Italian Short Stories

Lecturer: Dr Lindsay Myers

Course description: This course will focus on the rich and diverse tradition of the Italian short story. Classes will involve close reading and discussion of selected short stories by some of the most representative writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Method of assessment & examination: 1 final take-home essay (70%); 1 class presentation (25%); Attendance, participation and Discipline engagement (5%).

Language of instruction: Italian.

Core text: Booklet to be specified by the Department.

2. Cinema and Literature

Lecturer: Prof. Paolo Bartoloni

Course description: The relationship between cinema and prose in the Italian context is long and illustrious, giving rise to exceptional adaptations but also a debate that has divided artists and intellectuals over many years. Do cinema and fiction speak the same language? Do they employ comparable techniques? Who copies whom? This unit investigates these and other questions by zeroing in on the adaptation of selected Italian novels into film.

Teaching and learning methods: Lecture-based course.

Method of assessment & examination: 1 final take-home essay (70%); 1 class assessment (25%); attendance, participation and Discipline engagement (5%).

Languages of instruction: English.

Core texts: Alberto Moravia, Il conformista, Milano: Bompiani, 1995.

3. Dante

Lecturer: Prof. Paolo Bartoloni
Course description: This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the work of Dante Alighieri, and present a selection of the most important and most famous cantos of the Divine Comedy (Part I: Inferno).

Teaching and learning methods: Lecture-based course.

Method of assessment & examination: 1 final take-home essay (70%); 1 class assessment (25%); attendance, participation and Discipline engagement (5%).

Language of instruction: English.

Core text: Dante, Inferno Dual Language Text, (Trans. M. Palma).


Course Semester Contact hours ECTS
IT239 Italian Culture and Society II 2 24 hours per semester 5


Course co-ordinator: Prof. Paolo Bartoloni

Students must choose TWO out of the following THREE courses. Marks will be allocated on a 50/50 basis to the two courses that you choose.

Please note, for students taking two languages, you may take the Linguistics option in one language only.

1. The Life of Things: Objects in Italian Cinema and Life



Lecturer: Prof. Paolo Bartoloni.

Course Description:

The relationship between individuals and objects shapes our everyday life, and informs modalities of creative expression as well as processes of identity-making. This course provides an introduction to the significance of the mediation between the life of humans and the life of objects, with particular reference to the cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni, and the constitution and development of symbolic representations in the urban arena in the context of Italian migration and the commercialization of Italian tradition.



Teaching and learning methods: Lecture-based course.

Method of assessment & examination: 1 final take-home essay (70%);

1 class assessment (25%); attendance, participation and Discipline engagement (5%).



Languages of instruction: English.

Core texts: Booklet to be specified by the Department.

2. Introduction to Linguistics



Lecturer: Dr. Mel Boland.

Course description:

What do we mean when we say that we ‘know’ a language? These introductory classes on the field of linguistics examine the idea of native speaker competence, exploring key areas such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, and the meaning of language.



Teaching and learning methods: Lecture-based course.

Methods of assessment and examination:

The course is assessed by two in-class exercises.



Language of instruction: English.

Core text: Keith Allan et al, The English Language & Linguistics Companion

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

3. Translation Techniques



Lecturer: Dr. Anne O’Connor

Course description: This course introduces students to the basics of translation and looks at the approaches and methods used when translating a variety of texts. Working on translations on a weekly basis students will learn different techniques in translating. Translations are made from Italian into English. The course is not available to visiting Italian students.

Method of assessment & examination: Class participation and weekly translation work 20%. Translation tests and exams 80%.

Language of instruction: English.

Core text: Translation Techniques Booklet.

Course Semester Contact hours ECTS
IT237 Applied Language Skills 1 24 hours per semester 5

Lecturer: Dr. Anne O’Connor

Course description: This course will enhance students' language skills and intercultural communication though a series of tasks which are designed to investigate linguistic and cultural difference. Students will be required during this course to discuss, debate and reflect on these issues both in person and online.

Method of assessment & examination: Continuous Assessment including conversation exchange journal.

Languages of instruction: Italian and English.

Core texts: To be supplied by the lecturer.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Regular attendance is mandatory and a proportion of the final marks will be given for this requirement. Students might not be allowed to sit exams, should the attendance be less than

70%.
Students must obtain 40% in the language requirements (language written and oral, semester tests, language laboratory, conversation and class attendance) in order to progress to the next year.
Essays: All essays for assessment must be placed in the Italian Department Essay Box in AM 334 (the photocopying Room on the third floor of the Arts Millennium Building) by the DEADLINES assigned by the Lecturers.

Note - essays sent by e-mail will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Plagiarism:

Submission of each assessment item constitutes a declaration that:

• no part of this work has been copied from any other person’s work, except where due acknowledgement is made in the text;

• no part of this work has been written by any other person except you (unless this in a group project)

• no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in another course
Further information about the College of Arts policy on plagiarism can be found at http://www.nuigalway.ie/student_life/university_code_conduct/code.html#7
THE RORY KAVANAGH BURSARY

One second year student will benefit from this generous bursary set up by the family of an NUI, Galway graduate in Italian. It is named the Rory Kavanagh Bursary in memory of Rory Kavanagh, a 1993 B.A. graduate who died tragically in 1996. Rory spent one year as an Erasmus student in Bologna, Italy (1991-1992) and whilst there developed a great fondness and understanding of Italian culture, language and life. Because of this, his family considers that the most meaningful memorial to him would be to enable another young person to have a similar enriching experience. Accordingly, they are making available an annual bursary of €2,540. There will be open competition for this award among all students eligible for a Socrates placement. The selection will take place in March, 2016.


B.A. INTERNATIONAL

The B.A. International is a four year programme involving the study of at least one modern continental language to degree level and a one year period of study in a country in which that language is spoken.


Objective

The B.A. International will enable suitably qualified students to study, in the third year of the programme, both of their academic subjects in a University of a continental European Union country. It will offer students the facility to study a Modern Continental language, and its literature, in a country where it is spoken, and also to study approved courses for their second subject through that same language with emphasis on the European/Continental dimension.


Admission

Admission to the programme takes place during the Second Arts year.


Quota of Places

The overall number of places on the programme is limited and there is also a limitation on the number of places available for each modern continental language. Selection will be made in accordance with criteria determined by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts. An overall pass at the Second Arts Summer Examination will be a prerequisite. The Department has exchanges with the following universities: Bologna, Genova, Torino, Trento, Udine, Urbino and Verona.


Year Abroad

Places will be allocated by the ERASMUS coordinator in December 2015 for the academic year

2015/2016. Placement and details will be fully discussed at that time and again in March 2016. Additionally students will be put in contact with our 3rd year students who are now in Italy and with our Final Year students who were there last year.
Fee payment

During their year abroad students will not be required to pay fees at the host university.


Courses taken abroad

Subject to approval of the relevant departments, full credit will be given for courses taken and examinations passed by the student while in the host university. Students must return with credits of 40 ECTS in order to progress to Year 4 of this programme. If students return without the requisite credits they will be deemed to have failed the year and will be awarded a BA degree instead of a BA International. They will also be liable for fees in their 4th year.



Other Year Abroad Options

Students in 2BA (and 3/4BA) may apply to spend a year (9 months approx.) as English



Language Assistants in Italy.
Important Note for 2BA Students: In the past the "BA Intl" degree was awarded exclusively to students who spent their year abroad studying at one of our partner ERASMUS universities (where during the year they had successfully completed the required examinations and coursework). As of September 2009 students who have passed Second Arts and who are successful in obtaining a placement abroad as a language assistant for the subsequent academic year, will also be entitled to the "BA Intl" award, subject to College and departmental approval of the placement and successful completion of the year abroad (including satisfactory submission of all reports, assessments, etc. required). As with students who go abroad on ERASMUS, students are liable for fees (at NUI, Galway) for their third BA year abroad. Students who are normally in receipt of a grant should liaise with the relevant County Council in relation to their grant.


Department of Education and Science:

English Language Assistant posts are on offer within the primary/secondary education system in Italy. Assistants normally do not work more than 12 hours per week. The function of the English Language Assistant is to help the pupils to see the foreign language as a living language of millions of people rather than as a "school language". The basic duties of an Assistant are:


(a) To assist the regular staff of the school;
(b) To conduct conversation classes in the foreign language;
(c) To supplement such classes by exercises in reading, dictation and oral composition; (d) To give the pupils an insight into the institutions and way of life in his/her country.

The programme is open to Irish nationals aged under 30. The application may be downloaded from the Department of Education and Science website. The deadline for return of applications is usually in early March.



Students wishing to apply for these posts should note that a considerable amount of paperwork is involved. It is wise to start the completion of the required paperwork as soon as possible.
Period Abroad for Students of Modern Languages

Final Year in French/German/Italian/Spanish assumes a deep understanding of language and society. Students studying these languages to degree level normally spend an academic year (Year 3) studying at university in the country of their chosen language, and thus obtain the BA (International).

In all cases, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures strongly

recommends that modern language students spend a prolonged period immersed in a culture where the language is widely spoken.

The School’s preferred option for all students is, therefore, the BA (International) which is obtained by one of the following routes:
(i) A formal period of study (normally, one academic year) in a foreign University that is integral to the programme;

(ii) An extended period (normally, one academic year) spent working or on voluntary service overseas, including placements on BA CONNECT programmes or as a foreign language assistant.


In exceptional circumstances, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, in consultation with the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, may grant permission to allow a student to spend a shorter period of residence abroad and to continue with the BA (Omnibus) programme. In such cases, prior to entering the Final Year, students are required to spend an approved period of time in a country or region where the language is widely spoken. This period ought be a minimum of three months. Students who think that they might not be able to fill this requirement due to personal or financial reasons should contact their language coordinator or the Head of Italian as soon as possible to discuss their situation. In special circumstances the Discipline of Italian Studies might allow students to complete their Omnibus Degree by reducing the minimum period of residence abroad and offering additional support structures in Galway.
In the case of students taking two modern languages a minimum of three months residency is required in each country for each language.
Furthermore, students who have not followed either of the preferred routes (detailed at (i) and (ii) above) will be required to furnish the School with satisfactory documentary evidence of the time spent abroad before they will be permitted to register for Final Year. (A list of suitable evidence is available from the School Office and website). Students completing the preferred routes will be deemed to have satisfied this requirement.

MARKS AND STANDARDS

NB : Please Note that in accordance with NUI Galway Marks and Standards Regulations:
At degree level, honours will be calculated on the basis of 30% of the aggregate mark obtained at the second year Examinations and 70% of the aggregate mark obtained at the final year Examinations. Students should thus be sure to do the best that they can in their Second Year Examinations as second year marks will impact on the Final Degree Grade.

Honours will be calculated based upon the following table: H1 70% on the aggregate

H2.1 60% on the aggregate H2.2 50% on the aggregate H3 40% on the aggregate

LecturersConsultation Hours

Lecturers’ consultation hours are available on Italian Studies website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/italian and on Blackboard. In the event of these times not being suitable, alternative arrangements can be made by emailing the lecturer directly.




Semester Dates 2015-2016


Teaching Examination Period

Semester 1: 07/09/2015 – 28/11/2015 07/12/2015 – 18/12/2015

Study week:

30/11/2015 – 05/12/2015



Christmas holidays:

19/12/2015 – 10/01/2016



Semester 2: 11/01/2016 – 16/04/2016 25/04/2016 – 11/05/2016

Easter:

25/03/2016 – 29/03/2016



Study week:

18/04/2016 – 23/04/2016



Contact Information
Head of Discipline

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni

Office: Room 311, Arts Millennium Building Tel: +353-91-492390



E-mail: paolo.bartoloni@nuigalway.ie
Mr. Andrea Ciribuco

Office: Room 327, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-493979

E-mail: : andrea.ciribuco@nuigalway.ie


Dr. Francesca Magnoni

Office: Room 314, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-492240

E-mail: francesca.magnoni@nuigalway.ie
Dr. Laura McLoughlin

Office: Room 314, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-492240

E-mail: laura.mcloughlin@nuigalway.ie


Dr. Lindsay Myers

Office: Room 315, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-492396

E-mail: lindsay.myers@nuigalway.ie
Dr. Anne OConnor

Office: Room 333, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-493794

E-mail: anne.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Administrative Assistant

Office: Room 313, Arts Millennium Building

Tel: +353-91-492397

E-mail: italian@nuigalway.ie












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