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Italian Language


Italian Language


Academic year 2022/2023

Course ID
Paolo Nitti (Lecturer)
Emanuela Paterna (Tutor)
Marie Vezzoli (Tutor)
1st year
Teaching period
First term + Second term
For the final degree and for the knowledge of foreign language
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
L-FIL-LET/12 - italian linguistics
Formal authority
Type of examination
Practice test

Sommario del corso


Course objectives

The “Italian Language” Module aims at: 1) learn and use strategies for studying various aspects of the Italian language (e.g. vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and production); 2) enhance comprehension and production skills in Italian (the classes and the activities will be partly in English). The “Language practice” Module aims at practicing all the aspects of the Italian language that are necessary to reach the B1 (Intermediate) level according to the European Framework for Languages.

L'insegnamento di Lingua italiana si prefigge l'obiettivo di insegnare a utilizzare strategie di studio di diversi aspetti della lingua italiana (es. vocabolario, grammatica, produzione e comprensione) e perfezionare le abilità di produzione e ricezione in italiano. Parte delle lezioni sarà in inglese. La parte pratica, invece, è orientata al perfezionamento degli aspetti trattati durante il corso, con l'obiettivo di raggiungere il livello B1 del QCERL.


Results of learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to

  • identify, understand and interpret the main points of clear standard speech on familiar and professional matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • understand the main point of radio or TV programs on different affairs or topics.

  • understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or professional language.

  • understand and identify descriptions of events, feelings and wishes in personal and formal letters.

  • deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Alla fine del corso gli studenti e le studentesse saranno in grado di identificare i punti salienti del parlato e dello scritto e comprendere vari tipi e generi testuali.



1. Grammar

- uses and functions of the determinative and indeterminative articles

- regular and irregular noun forms

- possessive, personal, direct, indirect, relative, dimonstrative indefinite adjectives and pronouns

- adverbs

- double pronouns

- comparatives and superlatives

- verbs: (Indicative, Conditional, Subjunctive, Imperative)

- periphrasis

- passive form

- preposition

- conjunctions.


2. Vocabulary

- everyday life (shopping, transport, food and drink, clothes, music, cinema, family, relationships, free-time activities, sport, weather, citylife, hobbies, money, climate, internet)

- professional LSP.

1. Grammatica

- gli articoli determinativi e indeterminativi

- il sistema nominale

- aggettivi e pronomi

- avverbi

- pronomi doppi

- comparativi e superlativi

- verbi: (Indicativo, Condizionale, Congiuntivo, Imperativo)

- perifrasi

- passive form

- preposizioni

- congiunzioni.

2. Vocabolario

- Vita quotidiana

- Microlingue professionali


Course delivery

Students who regularly attend the exercises at SAC will be able to take one final test that will contribute to forming the final grade (credit: 1).
Those who do not attend the exercises will not have the credit. Lessons and exercises with native teachers during the year. 

Students are reminded that it is mandatory to follow the language practices (Prof. Vezzoli+Paterna).



Learning assessment methods

Written exam: competence in reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. A monolingual dictionary is permitted.
Oral presentation: during the course there will be occasions for an oral presentation concerning the description of an Italian town.

Students should always register for the exam via ESSE3. A few days before the exam day, ONLY enrolled students will be notified about the Webex link via their UniTo e-mail. For further details, please, click here.

Suggested readings and bibliography

Handout Materials

Paolo Nitti (2022), L'insulto. La lingua dello scherzo, la lingua dell'odio. Firenze: Cesati



[[ Lectures will be hold

22/10/2022 h 9.00-13.00 SAA

05/11/2022 h 9.00-13.00 SAA

03/12/2022 h 9.00-13.00 SAA

17/12/2022 h 9.00-12.00 ONLINE 

21/01/2023 h 9.00-14.00 SAA



28/01/2023 h 9.00-13.00 SAA (New group)

04/02/2023 h 9.00-13.00 SAA  (New group)

11/02/2023 h 9.00-12.00 ONLINE  (New group)

Attendance is mandatory for both lectures + Tutorato. Please, enroll on the course and the moodle webpage



Class scheduleV

Lessons: dal 06/10/2018 to 20/12/2018

  • Closed
    Enrollment opening date
    17/09/2022 at 00:00
    Enrollment closing date
    17/11/2022 at 00:00
    Maximum number of students
    170 (Once this number of students is reached, enrollment will no longer be permitted!)
    Last update: 05/11/2022 12:47
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