Italian for exchange students

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The School offers Italian language courses that are specifically designed for international exchange students spending a study period at Ca' Foscari University. 

Contacts

I semester 2022/2023

During the first semester of the 2022/2023 academic year, Exchange students at Ca' Foscari will be able to take Italian language courses at the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Each course offers a total of 80 hours and attributes 6 ECTS. Attendance is mandatory in order to be allowed to take the final exams.

Each course is made up of two modules:

  1. 30 hours of a general language module which covers sociolinguistic, structural, cultural and historical aspects of the Italian language, in line with the language level of the course
  2. 50 hours of language skills and grammar (speaking, listening, reading, writing)

During course registration, all students need to take a placement test in order to confirm their level, and will be registered for the course level according to their placement test results.

N.B. The courses will only be activated if they reach a minimum number of students. Students are strongly advised to frequently check this page for any updates.

Module 1: General language module

A1 level students have a choice for their general language module (30 hours). Students can express their course preference during registration.

  • SIE070-A - Introduction to the Italian language A: communication and culture

    • For students with no prior experience with the Italian language, especially for those who come from a non-European/Romance linguistic background. The course will cover elements of Italian culture and language communication, with a particular focus on vocabulary, and will strengthen some basic grammatical notions that are taught in the language practice classes. The course will be taught mostly in English.

  • SIE070-B - Introduction to the Italian language B: structures, forms and meanings

    • For students who have some previous knowledge or understanding of the Italian language, and/or who have a good command of another Romance language. Compared to "SIE070-A Introduction to the Italian language A", the course will focus on developing more complex grammatical aspects which can be found in everyday conversations and short texts, and will draw attention to Italian language for academic purposes used in the classroom. The course will be taught in Italian where possible, supported by English where necessary.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will be assigned an A1 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

N.B. Beginners and absolute beginners spending the full year at Ca' Foscari who wish to take Italian in both semesters are advised to take SIE070-A (with A1) in the first semester, followed by SIE070-B with A2 in the second semester.

Module 1 - General language

  • Students at the A2 level will take SIE070-B - Introduction to the Italian language B: structures, forms and meanings:

    • For students who have some previous knowledge or understanding of the Italian language, and/or who have a good command of another Romance language. Compared to "SIE070-A Introduction to the Italian language A", the course will focus on developing more complex grammatical aspects which can be found in everyday conversations and short texts, and will draw attention to Italian language for academic purposes used in the classroom. The course will be taught in Italian where possible, supported by English where necessary.

Module 2 - Language practice

  • Students will take an A2 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

Module 1: General language module

  • Students at the B1 level will take SIE071 - Italian language pre-intermediate B1

    • For students with a knowledge and understanding of the Italian language at an elementary level (A2 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will focus on theoretical aspects concerning register variation and the history of the Italian language, and will develop students' metalinguistic awareness through the examination of current topics of relevance, as well as examples taken from a range of different texts. The course will be taught in Italian.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will take an B1 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

Module 1: General language module

  • Students at the B2 level will take SIE072 - Italian language Intermediate B2

    • For students with an intermediate knowledge and understanding of the Italian language (B1 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will give a general outline of the crucial moments in the history of the Italian language, and will examine contemporary Italian language and linguistic variability. Increasing attention will be drawn on the structures of academic and specialized texts, written in a formal register. The course will be taught in Italian.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will take a B2 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

How to register

Eligible students

  • Erasmus + exchange students
  • Overseas and other interuniversity exchange students
  • Double and Joint degree students

Registration

Eligible students will receive an email from the Incoming Mobility office with details on how to register (through an online form). Once you have registered you will then receive all necessary information about the course before classes start.

N.B. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

  • In order to complete registration, all students must take the online placement test (see below). Once we have your placement test result, you will be assigned to the correct class.
  • Students who attend an intensive summer Italian course at the School for International Education are not required to take the placement test.
  • Registration for Introduction to Italian Language A and B will be limited to a maximum number of students per class. Priority will be given in order of having filled out the online registration form. 

Placement Test

To take the placement test please visit the SIE Moodle Platform online and log in with your Ca' Foscari Enrolment number ("matricola") and password, and enter in the access code (sent by email and present in the Placement Test Guide below).

N.B. The test is progressive, that is it tells you your compatibility with the level of Italian language you are testing for. If you get over 70% in A2, for example, you will then proceed to test for your compatibility with a B1 class, but if you do not get over 60% at the B1 level, you should actually be placed in an A2 class. 

For more information see the Guide below.

Schedule and classrooms

The courses will run from September 26th until mid-December 2022. Italian language classes will be held over 8 weeks, whereas Language Practice will take place for 10 weeks. Classes falling on public holidays will be moved to a different date.

Attendance is mandatory: students who do not attend classes in the first 2 weeks of the course will be withdrawn, and their place will be given to any waitlisted students.

Exams

Exams will take place approximately between November 22nd and December 10th 2022. N.B. There is only one exam session. It is not possible to repeat the exam at a later date. Only students who have attended at least 80% of classes of both modules will be able to take the final exams (general language 30 hours + language practice 50 hours).

II semester 2021/2022

For the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, it has been confirmed that Italian language courses at the following levels will be activated:

Each course is made up of 30 hours of a general language module which covers sociolinguistic and historical aspects of the Italian language, as well as 50 hours of language skills and grammar (speaking, listening, reading, writing), for a total of 80 hours. The course attributes 6 ECTS. 

Covid-19 Provisions

We expect to offer our courses on campus, but as the pandemic continues to evolve, they may be offered online, if possible. 

Students can attend classes by booking their seat online. Each course will have a Moodle page detailing all course information, contacts, and activities, as well as online classes, if any. 

All on-campus lessons and activities are organised in safety and in accordance with the latest governmental regulations and restrictions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Schedule and classrooms

The courses will run from February 21st until the end of April, with exams taking place following the end of the course. Italian language classes will be held over 8 weeks, whereas Language Practice will take place 5 hours a week for 10 weeks (classes falling on public holidays will be moved to the following week).

Schedule

Classroom access

Students attending lessons in person are required to book their seat through the application MyUniVE. Further information will be sent by email.

Other opportunities to study Italian language at the SIE

Students can also register for standard Italian language classes which are organised three times a year and offer a special discount for Exchange students. Please note these courses do not provide credits (ECTS).

Last update: 12/08/2022