Italian

Courses

Introduction to basic aspects of the Italian grammar. Preparing students to deal competently with a wide range of day-to-day situations in spoken Italian and develop oral skills in simulated contexts. Communicative functions covered: making acquaintance; inviting, accepting and refusing an invitation; talking about leisure time; simple transactions at restaurant, hotel, bank, post-office; filling out a form. Introduction to general aspects of Italian culture like gestures and formal vs. informal contexts mainly through the use of pictures and simple audiovisual texts such as role-play activities for beginners. Geared to first stage of A1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Focus on selected aspects of the Italian grammar. Emphasis on listening and reading comprehension. Consolidating and improving students’ previous knowledge of key basic vocabulary. Communicative functions covered: talking about daily life activities, timetables and habits; asking and giving street directions; talking about past life events and holidays; talking about the weather.  Focus on aspects of the Italian culture like food and sport through the use of situational videos, short video interviews and role-play activities. Geared to second stage of A1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 101 or consent of the instructor.

Review of the main grammatical aspects of A1 level. Consolidating and improving students’ previous knowledge of key basic vocabulary. Introduction to pre-intermediate grammar and vocabulary. Communicative functions covered: asking and giving tourist information; time schedule; talking about past activities; transactions in shops; asking and describing physical appearance and character of people, describing family members and family relations; wishes and holiday greetings. Development of the acquired cultural knowledge through the analysis of selected movie clips and simplified newspapers articles. Geared to first stage of A2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 102 or consent of the instructor

Equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Communicative functions covered: describing places, people and habits in the past; giving a descriptive background of the past; asking and describing physical appearance and character of people in the present and past; talking about schools and the school system; talking about future projects; asking and giving information about renting an apartment; expressing and describing symptoms; asking and replying about physical conditions and health problems. Development of the acquired cultural knowledge through audiovisual texts, short-movies, selected movie clips and simplified newspapers articles. Geared to second stage of A2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 201 or consent of the instructor.

Review of the important grammatical aspects of A2 level. Consolidating and improving students’ previous knowledge of key vocabulary. Introduction to intermediate grammar and vocabulary. Further development of comprehension abilities (listening and reading) and production abilities (speaking and writing) through meaningful contexts. Communicative functions covered: describing people’s physical appearance and character; expressing emotions and feelings to other people; understanding and summarizing newspaper articles on tabloids and crime stories; understanding comic strips; talking about holidays and historic places; describing holiday resorts; talking about local/regional   foods and traditions. Development of cultural awareness focusing on topics such as regional identity and common stereotypes. Analysis of selected contemporary literary texts and authentic or partially simplified articles. Geared to first stage of B1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 202 or consent of the instructor.

Equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Communicative functions covered: talking about social medias and their influence on leisure time; describing and summarizing shows, theatre plays and movies; talking about different kinds of job, expressing opinions about the job situation of one’s country; getting ready for a job interview and writing an e-mail of self-presentation; asking for help, complaining, explaining personal reasons; writing a complaint letter. Focus on the distinctive geographical, economical and cultural traits of Italian regions and their cities. Geared to second stage of B1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 301 or consent of the instructor.

Review of the main grammatical aspects of B1 level. Analysis of advanced grammar and vocabulary. Enhancement of spoken and written Italian through the use of media and literary texts. Reading and discussion of selected Italian contemporary literary texts, newspapers articles and essays of a wide range of topics. Development of reading and writing skills on different types of texts: narrative, descriptive, argumentative and expository. 

Geared to first stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 302 or consent of the instructor

Analysis of advanced grammar and vocabulary. Focus on neo-standard variety of Italian language and regionalisms. Reading and discussion of selected Italian contemporary literary texts, newspapers articles and essays about a wide range of topics. Development of reading and writing skills of different types of texts: narrative, descriptive, argumentative and expository. 

Geared to second stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 401 or consent of the instructor

Overview of the economical and cultural changes undertaken in Italy during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s through authentic material, literary texts and selected movies. Enhancement of written and spoken Italian through selected texts, TV broadcasts and audiovisual material. Focus on some aspects of neo-standard variety of Italian. Geared to second stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 402 or consent of the instructor

Overview of the political, economical and cultural changes undertaken in Italy from the beginning of the 1980’s to present time. Emphasis on written and spoken Italian through literary texts, audiovisual material, TV programmes and authentic documents. Analysis of some aspects of neo-standard variety of Italian. Geared to second stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 402 or consent of the instructor

A general overview of the 20th century Italian Literature Schools. Reading and comprehension of selected works of leading 20th century Italian writers. Geared to second stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 402 or consent of the instructor

Reading and comprehension of selected works of leading 20th and 21st century Italian writers. Geared to second stage of B2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: ITA 402 or consent of the instructor