Italian Language I

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's study programme Cultural history (1st level)

Objectives and competences

Students learn the Modern Italian language by studying all linguistic levels – from the phonological level to the textual-syntactic level, and thus practise communicating in the Italian language. A contrasting approach is used, which means that the students learn the Italian language system by comparing it to the Slovene language system.


No prior knowledge is required.


The basic level of the Italian language offers grammar knowledge and communication skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students acquire vocabulary, learn the basic principles of the Italian language, and get an insight into the Italian country and culture through a selection of texts and appropriate audio-visual aids. Various teaching methods and topics on everyday life help students develop basic communication skills (greetings, presentations, ordering drinks and food, conversation about habits, description of family members and friends, description of leisure activities, shopping, holidays, travelling, weather, in the city, giving instructions, festivities and celebrations, recipes, giving and collecting information, descriptions of past and future events, etc.).

Intended learning outcomes

The students acquire the knowledge and the ability to communicate in a foreign language; the comprehension of texts, expressing and explaining notions, facts, emotions, thoughts and opinions; they learn how to compose texts in appropriate communicative situations; they understand and accept cultural differences.


  • Matteo La Grassa: L'Italiano all'Università 1, Edilingua Catalogue
  • M. Dardano, P. Trifone: La nuova grammatica della lingua italiana, Zanichelli, Bologna, 1997
  • Other study materials provided during the lectures and tutorials (mono- and bilingual dictionaries, commercial advertisements, brochures)
  • Crosswords, posters, worksheets


  • Active participation at lectures and tutorials 30 %,
  • written exam 50 %,
  • oral examinations, home assignments 20 %.

Lecturer's references

Urška Ščuka Buršić je diplomirala iz prevajalstva na Filozofski fakulteti Univerze v Ljubljani in magistrirala iz mednarodnih odnosov na Univerzi v Bologni. Vrsto let je poučevala italijanščino in angleščino, organizirala jezikovne tečaje in pripravljala interne specializirane učbenike za italijanščino in angleščino. V Italiji je opravljala raziskovalno delo na Italijanskem inštitutu za družbene vede.


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Ščuka, Urška (2015). Italijanski jezik za začetnike: interno gradivo.
Ščuka, U. (2009). Položaj priseljencev iz tretjih držav na slovenskem trgu dela in njihova integracija. V: Primorska srečanja: revija za družboslovje in kulturo. Nova Gorica, Koper, Idrija: Društvo sociologov in politologov severnoprimorskih občin. Letn. 33, št. 328/329,
Ščuka, Urška, Silj, Alessandro (2009). Hidden Minorities in the Balkans. Roma: Consiglio Italiano per le Scienze Sociali, The Ethnobarometer Working Paper Series, no. 3, 2009.