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Italian/English Language (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description

Italian/English Language (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy is to develop and educate their students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Italian and English Language you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

English Language at Cardiff has a distinctive character. You will be provided with a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the language and will learn such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. Since we take a broad approach to language, you will also learn how to analyse the types of multimodal texts (for example combining word, image and sound) that predominate in contemporary media. We also focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind.

Italy is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. Italian is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

In addition to developing high-level language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Italian cultures and communication and critical-thinking skills, which foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

We offer Italian for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Italian history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in an Italian-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year program, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Italian history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Distinctive features

  • Research-led teaching that allows you to engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of English Language and Italian studies.
  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers.
  • A vibrant program of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into Italian culture.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of Italian culture.
  • A structured skills program which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning.
  • All students have the option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in Italy or an Italian-speaking country.
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

BBB-BBC You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but applicants holding grade B in Italian at A-level will have access to the Languages advanced pathway. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context
  • How Language Works 1
  • How Language Works 2
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • Language and the Mind
  • Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
  • Developing English: History and Society
  • Understanding Communication
  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy
  • Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Children, Language and Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Sounds of Speech
  • Discourse
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Words and Meaning
  • History of English
  • Digital Literacy and Language
  • Style and Genre
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian)
  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in Italian)
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in English/Welsh)
  • Italian Women's Writing
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Functions of Grammar
  • Communicating in Relationships
  • Communication Disorders
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 1
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 2
  • Extended Dissertation
  • Patterns of Language
  • Media Discourse
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Professional and Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Phraseology in Theory and Application

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • The ability to articulate and exemplify scholarly approaches to defining what language is and how it can be studied.
  • Knowledge of syntactic terminology and description as well as an awareness of theoretical aspects of phrase and sentence structure.
  • How speech sounds work as a system in a language and explain how they vary in a non-accidental manner.
  • Analysis and description of the sound, structure and meaning of English clauses.
  • The ability to solve abstract analytical tasks.
  • Word construction patterns and show how regularities can be captured.
  • Communication and understanding of how words mean and what meaning is.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Italy and an Italian speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and Italian.
  • Knowledge and use of appropriate terminology in speech and writing.
  • A critical argument that is responsive to the particular conventions of the genre.
  • Research skills to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments and the ability to present information and ideas clearly and coherently both in the written medium (essay writing skills) and orally.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programs and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning program and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

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