Books and a dedicated website with additional online resources, activities and online audio recordings. As a registered language student you have access to an online forum, where you can communicate with fellow students.
You will need
A headset with both microphone and headphones to talk to your tutor and other students online during some of the study activities.
We recommend that you purchase a good bilingual dictionary, which you will be able to use throughout your Italian studies, for example one of the following:
- The Compact Oxford Italian Dictionary, 9 May 2013, ISBN-10: 0199663130, ISBN-13: 978-0199663132, (This is the newest edition of what was previously called the Oxford Pocket Italian Dictionary)
- Collins Easy Learning Italian Dictionary (Collins Easy Learning), ISBN-10: 0007434782, ISBN-13: 978-0007434787, Edition: Third edition
Oxford Beginner’s Italian Dictionary, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-929855-6, ISBN 978-0-19-929855-6
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.
If you have a disability
Please note that this module makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of the audio materials are provided except for those used for assessment purposes. The written and spoken elements you will be asked to complete as part of your assessment use audio and possibly visual stimuli. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or with this type of material you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF or ebook components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Comb-bound versions of the written study material can be provided on request.
You will need to make extensive use of a personal computer and the internet.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.