Italian online (Diploma)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Welcome to the Online Diploma in Italian. You are going to be part of a groundbreaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners.
You will be introduced to the basics of the Italian language and will develop competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. Unlike many distance learning programmes designed for individual and totally independent learning, this diploma course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach and students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their peers and e-tutor. Three on campus sessions per semester are also included.
The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses carefully selected authentic material to provide a gradual introduction to the structures and functions of the language.
In addition, a module on oral and intercultural skills will introduce aspects of Italian life from an intercultural perspective and stimulate discussions about them.
Visit our Diploma in Italian Online blog where you can sample some course materials and experience what it is like to learn in an online environment: www.italianonlinenuig.wordpress.com
There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Next start date: September 2013
ECTS weighting: 30
Awards: Diploma in Italian, NUI Galway
Closing date: Friday, 12th July 2013
NFQ level: 7
Programme Content Year 1
• Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 1
• Italian Language Skills Level 1 - Part 2
• Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 1
Programme Content Year 2
• Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 1
• Italian Language Skills Level 2 - Part 2
• Oral and Intercultural Skills Level 2
The teachers and e-tutor – including native speakers – will guide you through this interactive and participative module, which will emphasize collaborative learning in order to avoid any feelings of ’isolation’. Lecture packages will be delivered weekly online and will include comprehension tasks, individual and group work, conversation and intercultural aspects.
By the end of each semester/year you should be able to converse and comprehend a variety of topics and situations normally encountered in everyday life.
Applications and selections
The Diploma in Italian is open to everybody and is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of the language. It is particularly suited to those who need flexibility in their time and mode of study and/or live away from Galway.Workload will amount to approximately 3/4 hours per week. Basic computer skills are sufficient: ability to download and upload files, navigate websites, use emails and Skype-style applications. An introductory on-campus session at the begining of the course will explain in very simple terms how to use these applications and will take you through all steps necessary to become familiar with our intuitive tools.