Care studentesse e cari studenti, benvenuti a Italian@leeds da Alessandra, Alessio, Chiara, Gigliola, Laura, Matthew, Olivia e Simone!!!!!
Lecturer in Italian Culture
Italian Language Teacher
Laura Lucia Rossi
Teaching Fellow in Italian
Chiara La Sala
Associate Professor of Italian
Associate Professor, Director of Italian
Lecturer in Italian
Professor of Italian Literature
We are delighted that you are joining us. To help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life, you can find more information about arriving at Leeds on the Languages, Cultures and Societies welcome website.
Here is what some of our students who graduated in 2020 said about studying Italian at Leeds:
Each module is worth a certain number of credits. Languages students normally take 120 credits per year. There are three categories of modules. On most programmes you will do some of each:
Through a wide variety of assessment and teaching methods (interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work; portfolio tasks, essay writing, audio-visual activities, oral presentation) you will become proficient in Italian language and acquire an in-depth knowledge of Italian history and culture. You will also develop an advanced understanding of communication and strong research skills, while being trained to think critically about the information you find and the work you produce.
You start as a student and you will become an independent, proactive researcher. This will happen gradually, year by year: with the close guidance of your tutors and the support of the technologies, resources and services of our Library and Language Centre (Skills@library and the Language Zone).
This will enable you, in the Final Year, to produce a substantial piece of independent research – your Final-Year Project – which is a distinctive feature of the Leeds curriculum: you focus on your personal development by studying your preferred topic in depth and develop a range of advanced transferable skills (project management; autonomy and confidence; ability to deal with and communicate complex information; problem solving; critical thinking).
Research in Italian studies at Leeds covers both literature and the arts in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and literature, society and culture of modern and contemporary times, including cinema, history, linguistics and languages for business. Areas of excellence at national and international level are in particular Dante studies, Petrarch, its reception and exegesis, art in the Renaissance, popular cinema, the novel in the 19th, 20th and 21st century, the study of regional cultures and the global literary sensation of Elena Ferrante. Many modules are team-taught (including Level-1 Exploring Italy): this means that they draw on the research and knowledge of your tutors who have different research interests. This way, you become familiar with different approaches, perspectives, and styles, whilst being exposed to a wide variety of material. For more information about the research interests of staff in Italian, see the Italian staff research page.
By studying Italian at Leeds you will be experiencing Italian culture also outside your classroom. Italian scholars, professional translators, but also writers, artists, singers, and interpreters come regularly to visit us. You will have the unique chance to take part in various activities, such as those proposed by, or in collaboration with:
You will be contacted by your Academic Personal Tutor during induction week (they are the first point of contact and main source of information; they will be able to help with any questions you might have and they will be able to direct you to other sources of support).
In the meantime, if you have general enquiry about your programme or your modules you can email the LCS Student Support Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For academic queries related to Italian, contact the Director of Italian, Olivia Santovetti (email@example.com); for specific queries about your module contact the tutor/manager of your module (name and email can be found in the Undergraduate Module Catalogue).
You can also contact us also via Minerva or Teams. Just write to us: we are always happy to hear from you!
Benvenuti e a prestissimo!