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Class contents and exam requirements
Code 30303
Italian Language – First Language
Class contents and exam requirements are the same for both attending students and non-attenders
Program
Bachelor
Degree course
BIEM, BIEF (taught in English)
Teaching activity
1st year, annual course, “B2*”; (total classroom teaching hours
96).
The course is activated if an appropriate number of participants
is met
Final Exam


Bocconi internal exam (B2 level*) or an international
certification among those recognized by the University
4 credits, 2nd semester
Objective
The acquisition of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
required to interact at an B2 level*
Head Teacher
Elisa Turra
*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Set Textbook

La Grassa, M., Delitala, M., Quercioli, F. L’Italiano all’Università 1 e 2, Edilingua, Roma, 2013
Recommended textbook
 Nocchi S., Italian Grammar in practice, Alma Edizioni, Firenze, 2007
We remind you that the Language Center offers to all students an information and consultancy service for the study
of languages. In addition, at its language laboratories, multimedia library, and online a variety of materials for
students wishing to prepare for international certificates recognized by the University also for Bocconi exams(visit:
www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, in Language Laboratory).
Resources
Materials prepared by professors
Self-study programme
Past exams
Extra teaching materials
Language tutors
Office Hours for Bocconi teachers
International certificates recognized
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Course program
Objectives
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
 understand the main ideas of some authentic texts and all level-adapted texts on a range of
subjects
 interact spontaneously with native speakers, on subjects (s)he is familiar with, in comprehensible
Italian
 write a clear, structured text on a variety of familiar subjects, also referred to a professional context
 express a point of view and arguing for and against different opinions
Contents
The teaching will propose the following activities:
 grammatical revision: consolidation and extension of intermediate grammatical forms and
structures
 vocabulary extension: the reading of authentic and adapted texts drawn from textbooks,
newspapers and the Internet
 written assignments: tasks will be set to develop individually or in small groups, at times requiring
presentation to the whole class, editing professional documents (report, formal letter, e-mail)
 reading comprehension: presentation and analysis of texts in Italian indicated by the professor
 oral interaction: discussion of concepts relating to everyday and academic topics
 mock exams and testing: exercises taken from past exams and also full mocks will be given and
corrected either in class or at home by the professor
First semester
Topics/Units
(see textbook Italiano all’Università 1)
UNITA’ 1
Presentarsi, salutare, fare domande in maniera
formale e informale.
Studenti italiani nel mondo
UNITA’ 2
Lavori o studi?
Presentare qualcuno
Parlare del proprio lavoro
Grammar/Skills & Activities
Italian Grammar in Practice p. adjectives p. 24
Italian Interactive grammar: adjectives
Italian Grammar in Practice:
Articles p.12-18
Nouns p. 6-9
Present tense p.28
Progress test p. 33
Italian interactive grammar: articles, nouns,
present tense
UNITA’ 3
Ordinare
Chiedere e dire il prezzo
Esprimere gusti e preferenze
Chiedere a qualcuno di fare qualcosa
UNITA’ 4
Chiedere e dare informazioni stradali.
Esprimere incertezza, capacità di fare qualcosa.
Informarsi sugli orari di apertura di negozi e uffici
Italian Grammar in Practice: irregular verbs p. 3638
Italian Interactive grammar: irregular verbs in the
present tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: present indicative
(irregular verbs) pp. 36-38
Italian Interactive grammar: present tense
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UNITA’ 5
Descrivere una casa.
Collocare nello spazio, parlare della convivenza con
coetanei, prenotare una camera d’albergo
UNITA’ 6
Descrivere la giornata tipo, descrivere azioni
abituali al presente
UNITA’ 7
Chiedere e dire che tempo fa.
Descrivere le condizioni climatiche.
I mesi, le stagioni
UNITA’ 8
Descrivere un evento al passato. Raccontare il fine
settimana, un viaggio ecc.
UNITA’ 9
Esprimere rapporti di parentela.
Parlare della famiglia e dei rapporti familiari
Fare progetti per il futuro
UNITA’ 10
Descrivere qualcuno fisicamente e
caratterialmente. Esprimere accordo e disaccordo
UNITA’ 11
Descrivere vantaggi e svantaggi dei vari mezzi di
trasporto. Chiedere informazioni. Descrivere un
luogo
UNITA’ 12
Chiedere e dare un parere. Chiedere e dire la
taglia. Chiedere uno sconto. Dare consigli.
Italian Grammar in Practice: p. 36-38, prepositions
p. 82-88
Italian Interactive grammar: prepositions
Italian Grammar in Practice: p. 36-38. Prepositions
p. 82-88.
Italian Interactive grammar: prepositions
Italian Grammar in Practice: Direct and indirect
object pronouns p. 76-82
Italian Interactive grammar: direct and indirect
object pronouns
Italian Grammar in Practice: past tense p. 68
Italian Interactive grammar: past tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: possessive adjectives
p.50-52
Italian Interactive grammar: possessive adjectives
Italian Grammar in Practice: future tense p.138141
Italian Interactive grammar: future tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: imperfect pp. 100-104
Italian Grammar in Practice: Indirect pronouns p.92
Italian Interactive grammar: indirect pronouns,
imperfect
Italian Grammar in Practice: imperative form pp.
164-166 and combined pronouns pp. 106-109
Italian Interactive grammar: imperative
Italian Grammar in Practice: imperfect p.100-104
Italian Interactive grammar: imperfect
Second semester
Topics/Units
(see textbook Italiano all’Università 2)
UNITA’ 1
Abbigliamento, calzature, accessori.
La moda italiana.
La Benetton.
UNITA’ 2
Attività sportive. Le parti del corpo.
Lo sport in Italia.
UNITA’ 3
I diversi ruoli di uomini e donne nella società
italiana.
Grammar/Skills & Activities
Italian Grammar in Practice: past tense p. 68, 100104
Italian interactive grammar: past tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: Future tense: 138-141
Italian Interactive grammar: future tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: past tense p. 68, 100104.
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Italian interactive grammar: past tense
UNITA’ 4
Migrazione, Composizione della popolazione
italiana. La scuola in Italia.
UNITA’ 5
Superstizione e credenze.
UNITA’ 6
Cucina italiana e gastronomia. L’alimentazione. I 5
sensi.
UNITA’ 7
La musica e gli strumenti musicali.
UNITA’ 8
Le abitudini di lettura in Italia. Fra tradizione e ebook.
UNITA’ 9
Stereotipi e italiani all’estero. Criminalità
Fare progetti per il futuro
UNITA’ 10
Computer e internet.
La lingua degli sms e delle chat
Italiano professionale:
Il cv, la lettera di accompagnamento e il colloquio
Documenti professionali: la lettera formale, il
memo, la relazione
L’Economia italiana
Aziende familiari e brand del Made in Italy
Italian Grammar in Practice: historical past
Italian Interactive grammar: historical past (passato
remoto)
Italian Grammar in Practice: subjunctive p. 70-80,
Italian Interactive grammar: subjunctive
Italian Grammar in Practice: imperative p. 164-166
Italian Interactive grammar: imperative forms
Italian Grammar in Practice: Subjunctive p. 70-80
Italian Interactive Grammar: Subjunctive
Italian Grammar in Practice: Subjunctive p. 70-80
Italian Grammar in Practice: future tense p.138Italian Interactive grammar: future tense
Italian Grammar in Practice: if clauses p. 80-90
Italian Interactive grammar: if clauses (periodo
ipotetico)
e-learning: professional documents
e-learning: professional documents
e-learning: vocabulary
e-learning: moduli di autoapprendimento
Exam content and description
The exam is scored out of a maximum of 30 points, which will go into the calculation of your grade point
average, and evaluates your ability to:
 listen and understand short passages, making notes and reworking the information heard
 write a complex text following the recommended text style
 oral interaction: presentation and discussion
 demonstrate your knowledge of the language, by correctly using a range of vocabulary and
grammatical structures
Contents
Students cannot sit the second year exam until they have passed the first year exam.
The second year exam consists of a written paper and an oral exam. Both need to be passed for the grade
to count towards the final average. In order to take the oral exam, it is necessary to:
 pass the written exam (minimum mark 18/30)
 have a test score that hasn’t expired, i.e. that is still valid (see Written Exam, Validity)
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Students can choose to retake the written exam before the taking the oral exam but must remember
that handing in their paper annuls any previous grade given.
The oral exam is compulsory and bring the written exam mark up to date.
We would like to remind students that, in order to take the exam, they must register for the exam session
in question at the Punto Blu.
Written exam
First part
Objective
Test
Listening to one or more passages – monologues and dialogues – containing data,
opinions, descriptions, explanations
Check candidates’ ability to:
 understand a listening passage and make brief notes on the information
contained therein;
 grammar and vocabulary
1. Sentence completion and/or tables; true/false questions; multiple
choice answers
2. Sentence completion and/or cloze test (grammar and vocabulary)
Second part
15/30
Writing
Objective
Checking candidates’:
 ability to report accurately the information expressed in texts adequate to a
professional context
Test
Writing a short report on the topic given, according to a personal standpoint
15/30
and following the recommended format
Duration
120 minutes
Dictionary
Monolingual dictionary can be used
Validity
it is valid for the 3 subsequent oral exams, and it is also valid for the subsequent 12
months but there is a penalty that must be paid (see Oral Exam, Validity)
Oral exam: for attending students
Objective
Presenting and discussing the selected topic, answering examiners' questions
Skill
Presentation and discussion
Test
The student presents a dossier of 3-4 articles (taken from Italian press) which relate to
each other concerning one of the topics contained in the course and approved by the
teacher during the students consultation hours prior the exam.
It is indispensable that the above-mentioned items are prepared thoroughly for the oral
exam and students are advised to prepare themselves well in advance of the date.
Details on how to prepare for the exam are to be found online in the library for each
language (Bocconi e-learning platform) or at:
http://www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Self-Study > Online Materials
Duration
15 minutes
Dictionary
Dictionaries are not allowed
The oral exam can only be taken once you have passed the written exam. Students will
be assessed in terms of their practical ability to communicate. During the oral exam
marks can be added to or subtracted from the written exam result in the following way:
 by +3 or -3, if the oral exam is passed within the 3 oral exams subsequent to the
Validity
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
written exam;
by +1 or -3, if the oral exam is passed after the first 3 subsequent oral exams,
but still by 12 months subsequent to the written exam (this option is possible
only for students who take the written exam after 1st June 2013)
Oral exam: for non-attending students
Presenting and discussing the selected topic and readings contained in the course
program, answering examiners' questions
Skill
Presentation and discussion
Test
The student presents of one or more readings which are related to each other
concerning of the topics contained in the textbook and approved by the teacher during
the students consultation hours
Readings, comment and discussion of around 10 readings contained in the textbook
and indicated on the e-learning (readings scheduled for the oral exam).
It is indispensable that the above-mentioned items are prepared thoroughly for the oral
exam and students are advised to prepare themselves well in advance of the date.
Details on how to prepare for the exam are to be found online in the library for each
language (Bocconi e-learning platform) or at:
http://www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Self-Study > Online Materials
Duration
15 minutes
Dictionary
Dictionaries are not allowed
Validity
The oral exam can only be taken once you have passed the written exam. Students will
be assessed in terms of their practical ability to communicate. During the oral exam
marks can be added to or subtracted from the written exam result in the following way:
 by +3 or -3, if the oral exam is passed within the 3 oral exams subsequent to
the written exam
 by +1 or -3, if the oral exam is passed after the first 3 subsequent oral exams,
but still by 12 months subsequent to the written exam (this option is possible
only for students who take the written exam after 1st June 2013)
As an alternative to the Bocconi exam, students may choose to register one of the international
certifications recognized by the University. The achieved result is converted into a number grade out of a
possible thirty and is registered in the academic career.
Objective
Additional Points
The assessment of language skills depends both on the result of the final exam and on marks awarded
during the year:
1. Positive participation in the course and completion of self-study activities
2. Partial exam
3. Exam passed the first time it is taken
Points are registered at the same time the oral exam is passed
1. Positive participation in the course and completion of self-study activities
Objective
To encourage constant and active improvement in the language
Maximum points
 1 thirtieth for active participation in at least 75% of lesson hours +
awardable
completion of the self-study programme
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Assignment of points
Validity
2. Partial exam
Objective
Maximum points
awardable
Assignment of points
Defined by professor at the end of the course on the basis of quality of work
performed and respected due dates as indicated the professor in the classroom
and also online
From June to the December immediately following the course. These months
are included
Evaluate progress in language learning
 1 thirtieth is awarded on the condition that students pass their final written
and oral exam within the first or second scheduled exam session
The final grade is expressed by “pass” or “fail”; the extra points will be awarded
in case of positive result (“pass”)
Duration
from June to July immediately following the course. These months are
included
Skills:
 Grammar – Grammar exercises in the following formats: multiple choice
answers, sentence completion, transformation
 Vocabulary exercises in the following formats: sentence completion, cloze
test, multiple choice answers and possibly a short writing
15 minutes
Dictionary
Dictionaries are not allowed
Note
The exam can be taken by attending and non-attending students. It will be held
once per academic year in January after classes have finished for the first
semester (see General Exams calendar for exact date)
Validity
Exam
3. Exam passed the first time it is taken
Objective
Reward students who sit for the exam only when really well prepared
Maximum points
 1 thirtieth
awardable
Assignment of points
Automatically, when the student registers for the written exam and hands in
the exam for the first time, and passes it (minimum 18/30) and take the oral
exam on the first available date subsequent to the written exam
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