Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Laboratorio di scrittura

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Although students registering for study-units offered by the Dept of Italian have obtained at least a Grade C at Advanced Level (Matsec), during the first year they usually find it difficult to improve their written competence up to the level expected at university. The first part of this study-unit will expose the students to different linguistic registers and help them to recognize and use them appropriately. During the second part of the study-unit students will produce different samples of written material and will be introduced to creative writing and shown how to plan their own stories. Writing about a familiar topic will help them to be more confident and develop their potential. They will then proceed to write general and literary essays, book reviews and features. These skills will help them write assignments as required throughout their 3-year BA course. Since dissertations comprise an important part of the final year for the Honours degree, special attention will be given to the technique of writing a dissertation, including bibliography, footnotes, and references.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is for the student to discover and realise their abilities in writing creatively and critically, and the improvement of academic writing skills by helping them understand the way in which essays should be written. The further aim is to ensure the student increases their abilities in the Italian language.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write original and critical pieces in an academic manner.
- Identify different Italian linguistic registers.
- Master the concept of original writing in a logical and structured manner.
- Know how to carry out research in a particular field of study.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write an essay in an academic manner and have the required skills through Italian.
- Compile a bibliography.
- Insert footnotes and quote references in the correct academic format.
- Produce essays, reviews and articles in an appropriate academic format.
- Complete independent academic research into a given subject.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Umberto Eco. Come si fa una tesi di laurea. Bompiani, 1995.
- Giovanni Falaschi - Roberto Fedi. Avviamento alla letteratura italiana e manuale di stile. Guerra Edizioni, 1998.

Handouts as supplied and suggested.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: A pass at Intermediate Level in Italian language or ask permission from the lecturer holding the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 20%

LECTURER/S Matthew Scerri

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.