6 Hour Courses – Italian Language

Elementary 1 and 2

One semester of Six-Credit Italian is equivalent to a two semester sequence of 3 credits. This course is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. By the end of the semester students should be able to complete simple and routine tasks requiring an exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe their background and issues related to everyday life. Key grammatical topics include: definite and indefinite articles; noun-adjective agreement; present tense of regular and main irregular verbs; present perfect; possessive adjectives; simple and compound prepositions; reflexive verbs; future; imperfect tense; direct and indirect pronouns; introduction to present conditional. Key thematic areas include: Italian food; spare time; travelling; vacations; the family; shopping in Italy; daily routine; habits in the past; Italian festivities; in a hotel. Note: learning experience and activities involving the local community are integral to the 6-Credit program.

Elementary 2 Intermediate 1

One semester of Six-Credit Italian is equivalent to a two semester sequence of 3 credits. This course is for those students who have completed one semester of Italian and already have a basic vocabulary and knowledge of elementary structures of the language. By the end of the course students should be able to enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar; to relate the plot of a book or film; to write correct texts on topics of personal interest. Key grammatical topics include: review of Elementary 1 level contents; direct, indirect and relative pronouns; impersonal form; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; degrees of comparison: adverbs and adjectives; imperfect vs present perfect; introduction to conditional; imperative; irregular nouns; simple future; introduction to subjunctive; past perfect; introduction to passato remoto. Key grammatical topics include: daily routines; holidays; shopping in Italy; family and childhood; marriage in Italy; dietary habits; health and body; future plans; the working world; dwellings. Selected readings. ”Note: learning experience and activities involving the local community are integral to the 6-Credit program.

Intermediate 1 and 2

One semester of Six-Credit Italian is equivalent to a two semester sequence of 3 credits. This course is directed towards the acquisition of more complex structures to express personal opinions and preferences. By the end of the course students should be able to show a high degree of understanding of complex written and spoken texts and respond appropriately to them, both orally and in writing. Key grammatical topics include: review of previous level contents; past perfect; prepositions; combined, indefinite and interrogative pronouns; present and past conditional; linking words; impersonal forms; forms and use of the subjunctive mood; imperative with pronouns; introduction to passato remoto; infinitive and gerund; degrees of comparison; passive voice; relative pronouns; reported speech (first level). Key thematic areas include: Italian geography; food and cuisine; holidays; driving in Italy; dwellings; health and body; famous Italians; issues of contemporary history, culture and society; local arts and crafts; Italian cinema. Selected readings. Note: learning experience and activities involving the local community are integral to the 6-Credit program.

Intermediate 2 and Advanced 1

One semester of Six-Credit Italian is equivalent to a two semester sequence of 3 credits. This course introduces students to contemporary Italian society by exploiting different sources including literature, the media and press. By the end of the course students should be able to understand most TV news and information on current affairs; read contemporary literary prose; write texts about a wide range of subjects; achieve the degree of confidence with the language that makes communication fluid and clear. Key grammatical topics include: consolidation of all past tenses; relative and combined pronouns; past conditional; consolidation of subjunctive mood; future perfect; reported speech (first level); passive voice; conditional clauses; gerund and Infinitive; some uses of the impersonal form. Key thematic areas include: foreign words commonly used in Italian; the media world; life in Italian towns; environmental issues; Italian novelists; family today; Italian traditions and festivities. Selected readings of literary works by modern Italian authors. Note: learning experience and activities involving the local community are integral to the 6-Credit program.

Advanced 1 and 2

One semester of Six-Credit Italian is equivalent to a two semester sequence of 3 credits. This course is for students who already have a solid grammatical/lexical basis. By the end of the course students should be able to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and recognize a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, as well as apply register shifts. Key grammatical topics include: consolidation of previous levels; past conditional; subjunctive clauses; conditional clauses; passive forms in contrast; relative pronouns in contrast; impersonal forms; verbs + prepositions; compound nouns; tense agreement with the indicative and the subjunctive moods; trapassato remoto; gerund, infinitive, participle; reported speech (second level). Key thematic areas include: changes in the Italian language and society; typical Italian products; Italian literature, music and cinema ; immigration; politics and the media; cultural heritage; environmental issues. Selected readings of literary works by modern Italian authors. Note: learning experience and activities involving the local community are integral to the 6-Credit program.