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Italian Program

Faculty:

Full-time: Prof. Simona Sansovini

Part-time: Sofia Hurley

 

Program:


ITA 1010 - Elementary Italian I

Credits: 5

Description: This is a basic course in Italian, with emphasis primarily on pronunciation, speaking, and understanding, supplemented by grammar, reading, and writing. Attention will also focus on understanding the culture and customs of Italy.


ITA 1020 - Elementary Italian II

Credits: 5

Prerequisite(s): ITA 1010 or one year of high school Italian or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or better

Description: This course is a continuation of ITA 1010 and focuses on skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and cultural competency.

Note: This course requires a grade of “C” or better to fulfill the General Studies requirement.

General Studies: Oral Communication


ITA 2010 - Intermediate Italian I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 1020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is the first of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence focusing on the further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The course emphasizes the use of functional, communicative language for achieving oral and written proficiency, and cultural competence. Classes are conducted mostly in Italian and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of ltalian and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


ITA 2020 - Intermediate Italian II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 1020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is a continuation of ITA 2010 and is the second of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence focusing on the further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The course emphasizes the use of functional, communicative language for achieving oral and written proficiency, and cultural competence. Classes are conducted mostly in Italian and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of Italian and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


ITA 2110 - Italian Reading and Conversation

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 1020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of the geographical, historical, economic, and sociological aspects of Italian culture. It strengthens conversational ability through the use of group discussions, role-playing, oral presentations, and debates. Conducted in Italian.


ITA 3010 - Italian Culture Through Film

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 2020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is designed to expand students’ knowledge of the culture and civilization of modern Italy primarily through film. It will focus on a selection of ltalian movies from World War II to the present with the purpose of analyzing the historical, cultural, and socio-economic complexity of contemporary Italy. Classes will be conducted in Italian.


ITA 3110 - Advanced Conversation

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 2020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course focuses on refining language skills while providing insight into Italian society and culture. It helps students expand vocabulary and conununication strategies while revising complex grammatical structures. Conducted in Italian.


ITA 3140 - Advanced Italian Grammar

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 2020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course systematizes and reinforces the language skills presented in lower-level courses through a review of complex grammatical points, and through the analysis of literary texts and newspaper articles. Classes will be conducted in Italian.


ITA 3250 - Readings in Italian Literature

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 2020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is designed as an introduction to the study of Italian literature. It helps students gain confidence and increase their effectiveness in reading Italian texts, develop vocabulary, and become familiar with idiomatic expressions through discussions, oral reports, and essays. Conducted in Italian.


ITA 3310 - Contemporary Italy: Culture and Society

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ITA 2020 or Instructor’s Permission

Description: This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of ltalian language and society. Students will examine the political, cultural, and social history of Italy from the post-war period to the present. Students will use different idiomatic expressions, review grammatical structures, present oral reports, and write essays on the topics discussed in class. Conducted in Italian.

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