Italy is the spiritual home of classical art, opera, and architecture. A major in Italian will immerse the student in this world. Italy is a key player in all of the major events in modern Western history and knowledge of Italian will give the student a new point of view for these events. Italy’s economy is a wonderful balance of industry in the north and agriculture in the south. This balance helps Italy remain in the top ten listing for gross domestic product (GDP).
ITL 101-102: ELEMENTARY ITALIAN
3-6 credits/ Patterns 1-2
These courses are designed for students with no prior knowledge of Italian or with basic knowledge of Italian. They emphasize the four communicative skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in a culturally authentic context. Basic grammar skills are also introduced. Students will make oral presentations, read short texts, and write brief compositions in Italian. The instructor will speak predominantly the target language. In addition, students will expand their knowledge of the culture, history, and daily lives of Italian people.
Instructional materials include listening to songs, visiting websites, watching video clips online, practice exercises in your textbooks (in-class and assigned as homework), group cooperative activities and practices and short class presentations. By the end of the semester students will be able to read, write, and speak Italian at a low intermediate level and be ready to take the following level course (201).
ITL 201-202: INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN
3-6 credits/ Concentration Option, Patterns 1-2
These courses promote communication through the knowledge of the Italian language and culture. They involve further study of the structural and lexical features of the target language based upon topical subjects. They enhance the understanding of the in-depth culture of Italy through presentations on its traditions, art, music, literature, landmarks and daily life. Italian 201 and 202 are designed for students with intermediate proficiency. They emphasize the four communicative skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in a culturally authentic context. Communicative proficiency skills will be perfected through group activities, class discussion of assigned readings, short compositions and oral presentations; effective learning will be facilitated by listening to songs, visiting websites, watching video clips online, practice exercises in textbooks (in-class and assigned as homework), and a film screening after having analyzed its script. By the end of the semester students will be able to read, write, and speak Italian on an upper- intermediate level and be ready to take advanced level courses (300 level).