|Politecnico di Torino|
|Academic Year 2017/18|
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Italian language 3rd level
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Material Engineering - Torino
The course will be held by teachers from Societΰ Dante Alighieri, an institution which preserves and spreads Italian language and culture throughout the world, qualified to deliver Italian language and culture courses in various countries. Teachers from Societΰ Dante Alighieri are specially trained by the Society for Italian language courses for the PLIDA certificate (https://plida.it/). The PLIDA certificate assesses students proficiency in the Italian language, and was adopted by Politecnico in compliance with the resolution of the Academic Senate in the session of 6/07/2017. The PLIDA certificate is recognised at national level by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). In the transition period pending full adoption of PLIDA, students can take the Politecnico internal exam to fulfil their Italian language requirement.
This course prepares students for the PLIDA B1 certificate and for the Politecnico internal exam "Lingua Italiana III Livello".
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course learners acquire a B1 level (CEFR). Learners can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.. Learners deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Learners can write simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. They can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. They can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Before registering for this course students must take the Italian language level placement test. Students can book an appointment to take this test from their personal page of the Teaching Portal (Portale della Didattica) some weeks before the beginning of the course. This course is suitable for students who obtain a B1 score in the level test.
Recounting a cultural or language anecdote;
Inviting, proposing, responding to a proposal;
Expressing an opinion, agreement and disagreement, asking for an opinion;
Expressing doubt, surprise, relief, joy, understanding and disapproval;
Expressing hope and desires;
Making comparisons, comparing alternatives, expressing a preference;
Describing a product (materials, characteristics and functions);
Making a supposition;
Expressing feelings and moods;
Expressing a condition;
Making a complaint, blaming, apologizing, justifying yourself;
Giving an explanation, reporting an error;
Starting a telephone conversation, reporting the words of another person, transcribing a message;
Illustrating real or abstract facts: telling the plot of a book, sequencing, summarizing, specifying details, concluding a story;
Expressing interest, lack of interest, preference;
Giving suggestions and judgments;
Discussing, requesting confirmation and confirming, stating the reasons for a thesis;
Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of a condition;
Making fun of someone, being ironic;
Talking about embarrassing situations;
Talking about a historical character;
Recounting a journey;
Asking an indirect question;
inquiring about a place, expressing the beauty of a place;
Requesting and providing information, requesting further explanations;
Talking about one's own language mistakes, reflecting on language learning;
Making hypotheses in the past.
Personal identity: words related to feelings and moods;
Places: terms related to the description of cities and services, the countryside, Italian tourist resorts and regions;
Shapes, sizes, colours: words related to the description of products, in particular those "made in Italy" (shapes, dimensions, materials, functions);
Leisure and entertainment: terms related to media and social networks, books and literary genres, art;
Education: vocabulary related to school, language courses, enrolment procedures;
Family: words used to describe social changes: "the new family";
Festivities and gifts: words for the main Italian religious and non-religious festivities, traditions, behaviour and common gifts;
Culture: words used to describe Italian historical characters;
The Italian language today: words used to describe common errors and important changes in the Italian language
Grammar (morphology and syntax):
o irregular comparative and superlative adjectives
o ending in bile
o possessive pronouns
o use of the pronouns ci and ne
o indefinite pronouns
o combined pronouns (use and position with simple verb tenses and compound verb tenses and with modal verbs)
o relative pronouns (review and follow-up)
o the Trapassato prossimo
o the verb dovere to express hypotheses
o the Condizionale passato to express a desire that has not come true and to talk about the future in the past
o some pronominal verbs
o the Congiuntivo passato, imperfetto, rapassato and grammar agreement between tenses and forms
o the passive voice with the verbs essere, venire, andare
o impersonal verbs: impersonal si with reflexive verbs
o conditional sentences type 2 and 3
o reported speech with main clause in the present and past tense
o the Passato remoto and the Presente storico,
o the Gerundio presente and passato
o the Infinito passato
Conjunctions: a patto che, a condizione che, come se, sebbene, nonostante, malgrado, benchι + Congiuntivo, anche se + Indicativo, prima che/prima di,
adverbs: ending in mente, mica, other adverbial particles
Sentence syntax: clauses of reason and time with the Gerundio semplice; explicit subordinate clause of time; explicit conditional sentences with the preposition se, explicit clauses of reason, comparative clauses, agreement between subordinate clauses that are simultaneous or prior to the main clause (which expresses an opinion, feeling, need, etc.); agreement of subordinate clauses which have the same subject as the main clause.
Culture and Society
Geography: Italian regions and tourist areas, cities/countryside, facilities and lifestyles in cities;
Made in Italy products: Italian design and fashion;
Media and social networks;
Italians and reading: literary genres, novels and favourite authors;
The Italian family: values, roles, being a single child, State family policies;
Italian festivals and traditions: the way Italians behave, gifts and giving;
Italians throughout history: famous people, their biographies and contributions to culture;
Modern Italian language: changes in the language and the approach of Italians to their language.
The course consists of 60 hours of lesson time, approximately spread over 3 weekly meetings of 1.5 hours each between 19:00 and 20:30 (with the option of Saturday morning).
The course schedule will be available in the Timetable of Classes:
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Students must buy their own course materials.
Textbook: Maria Balμ, Luciana Ziglio - Nuovo Espresso 3 (Book) Publisher: Alma Edizioni - ISBN: 9788861823396
Books will be provided to course participants at a student price.
Textbooks will be available for purchase at Societΰ Dante Alighieri, Turin in Corso Re Umberto 65 on 15th and 16th March 2018 from 12:00 to 15:00.
Any additional learning material will be available for loan or consultation at the CLA of Politecnico di Torino.
Assessment and grading criteria
The internal exam consists of a computer-based multiple choice test. The pass score is 30/50.
Students who achieve 29 correct answers will only be able to ask for an additional oral test if they have registered all the other exams required by their Personal Study Plan.
Politecnico di Torino organizes PLIDA exam sessions to obtain the PLIDA B2 certificate.
The calendar of the PLIDA exam sessions and information on how to register for PLIDA will be available on the CLA website (https://didattica.polito.it/cla/) in May 2018.
The payment policy for the PLIDA exam will be illustrated in the Tuition Fee Regulations.
Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18