Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0107 (AF:401055 AR:217274)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
4th Term
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Italiano professionale is one of the core activities of the three-year degree course in Literature, but it can be attended with profit by all students dealing with humanistic and linguistic disciplines, since it analyses the notion of "text" in depth. In addition, the course is particularly suitable for those wishing to embark on a teaching career, and is an excellent starting point for another course in the Master of Arts degree programme in "Philology and Italian Literature", namely Didactics of Italian.
Italiano professionale aims to answer the following questions: What is a text? What in particular does an academic text look like? How does it differ from other types of text (a conversation, a literary text, etc.)? The course has a twofold objective: to master the theoretical notions that allow texts to be accurately described (logical relations, topic progression, text-context relationship, expository and argumentative function, etc.); to master the techniques of manipulation, reformulation, rewriting of texts (to this end, students will be invited to carry out regularly practical exercises). The two natures of the course, theoretical and practical, feed off each other: the manipulation of a text helps to better understand the abstract structures underpinning it, and theoretical knowledge is preparatory to a more conscious use of academic and professional writing.
At the end of the course, students will be more confident in the analysis, study and production of texts related to the academic field. These skills will be achieved through guided observation of real texts, through practical reformulation and rewriting exercises, and finally through the practical application of advanced notions of Text Linguistics. The analysis and production of texts will be enhanced by the ability to recognise the text typology to which a text can be attributed and the context in which the text is set. Students will be able to communicate the specifics of the discipline using appropriate terminology.
Knowledge of Italian language and basic knowledge of Italian grammar.
The course is designed as a journey into the analysis and production of texts. It will begin with the observation of various text types (narrative, expository, argumentative texts), arranged in order of increasing complexity. The regularities of these texts will be analysed by resorting to the conceptual tools derived from textual linguistics. The observation and analysis of the texts will be accompanied by rewriting exercises. Special attention will be paid to the practice of summarising. Among the writing skills, the use of vocabulary and punctuation will be enhanced.
Ugo Cardinale, L'arte di riassumere: introduzione alla scrittura breve, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015.
Other materials provided during the course, including some papers relating Text-linguistics taken from the online Enciclopedia dell'Italiano, edite by R. Simone ( ), that will be specified at a later stage.

In addition to the "attending students" materials, one needs to study the following text: Luca Serianni, Italiani scritti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012. Please get in contact with the teacher in order to clarify any aspect relating to the program.
The examination consists of an oral test, during which the students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the topics covered in class and their ability to integrate them with the notions contained in the reference texts. In particular, they will have to demonstrate that they can confidently orient themselves in the areas of textual cohesion, text types and reformulation practices.
Lectures and exercises. The texts distributed in class will be made available on the University's e-learning platform. Students' interventions in lectures will be solicited frequently.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 14/03/2023