Courses

Course Code Credits

Elementary Italian I

For students with no previous study or 1-2 years of high school Italian. During the first semester students develop the ability to: when speaking and writing, use short sentences, learned words and phrases, simple questions, and commands; when listening, understand some ideas and familiar details presented in a clear, uncomplicated speech; when reading, understand short texts enhanced by visuals. During the second semester students expand their ability from the first semester, and develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use and understand learned expressions, sentences, and strings of sentences, questions, and commands; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, understand important ideas and some details in highly contextualized authentic texts. During both semesters content includes: the Self (family, friends, home, rooms, health, school, schedules, leisure activities, campus life, likes and dislikes, shopping, clothes, prices, sizes and quantity, pets and animals) and Beyond Self (geography, topography, direction, buildings and monuments, weather and seasons, symbols, cultural and historical figures, places and events, colors, numbers, days, dates, months, time, food and customs, transportation, travel, and professions and work.) Limited to 25.

ITA131 3

Elementary Italian II

For students with no previous study or 1-2 years of high school Italian. During the first semester students develop the ability to: when speaking and writing, use short sentences, learned words and phrases, simple questions, and commands; when listening, understand some ideas and familiar details presented in a clear, uncomplicated speech; when reading, understand short texts enhanced by visuals. During the second semester students expand their ability from the first semester, and develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use and understand learned expressions, sentences, and strings of sentences, questions, and commands; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, understand important ideas and some details in highly contextualized authentic texts. During both semesters content includes: the Self (family, friends, home, rooms, health, school, schedules, leisure activities, campus life, likes and dislikes, shopping, clothes, prices, sizes and quantity, pets and animals) and Beyond Self (geography, topography, direction, buildings and monuments, weather and seasons, symbols, cultural and historical figures, places and events, colors, numbers, days, dates, months, time, food and customs, transportation, travel, and professions and work.) Pre-requisite: ITA 131 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

ITA132 3

Intermediate Italian I

For students with 2-3 years of high school Italian. In the Intermediate Courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content includes topics culturally pertinent to the language; e.g., history, art, literature, music, cultural affairs, and civilization, with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields. Familiar topics may include career choices, the environment, social issues, and political issues. For students with 2-3 years of high school Italian or that have taken ITA 131 and ITA 132 at the college. Limited to 25.

ITA231 3

Intermediate Italian II

For students with 2-3 years of high school Italian. In the Intermediate Courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content includes topics culturally pertinent to the language; e.g., history, art, literature, music, cultural affairs, and civilization, with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields. Familiar topics may include career choices, the environment, social issues, and political issues. Pre-requisite: ITA 231 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

ITA232 3

Italy: Language & Identity

Italian 331 is designed to refine and apply language skills in writing, speaking, reading and listening beyond the Intermediate level. Topics on regional and national identity serve as a context for language acquisition. Students investigate what constitutes the Italian identity through the study of authentic texts and Internet resources. Class projects involve individual research about the history, art and popular culture of contemporary Italy. Pre-requisite: ITA 232, placement above intermediate or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25.

ITA331 3

Conversation & Composition

As a course leading to the Minor in Italian Studies for many students, Italian 332 is designed to strengthen speaking and writing skills through advanced vocabulary acquisition, listening comprehension and the analysis of short texts. Activities include discussions on cultural readings, conversations on current events as well as group and individual oral reports. Students write weekly compositions and use online collaboration tools such as blogs. Pre-requisite: ITA 331 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

ITA332 3

Contemporary Italy through Film

An understanding of contemporary Italian society and culture by viewing, reflecting on, and discussing Italian films of the last sixty years. The class will analyze 6-8 films, learning their context and through them the key events that have shaped the national identity of Italy. Students will read a selection of essays on Italian cinema and complete writing assignments and oral presentations. Pre-requisite: ITA 232, placement above intermediate or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25.

ITA337 3

Italian Culture & Civilization

A broad overview of Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting key historical and literary developments of each century. Students will become familiar with a variety of texts from different fields of knowledge. To have course count for Italian minor credit, students must read texts and write papers in Italian. Pre-requisite: ITA 337. Limited to 25.

ITA338 3

Directed Study

Directed Studies are granted on a variety of topics, which are usually selected at the recommendation of the professor. Students should have completed at least two semesters of 300-level Italian courses before doing a Directed Study. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor and Program Director.

ITA490 3