ITLN 102: Elementary Italian II

Credits: 4
Course/Lab Fee: Course reader fee announced by the Print Shop
Prerequisite: The equivalent of lower elementary Italian (level A2 of the Common European Framework for language proficiency).
Cross-Listing: Italian Language

Course Description

Perugia is a wonderful laboratory for learning the Italian language, and the structure of the Italian language program reflects this urban reality. The first week of intensive language instruction immerses the student in the Italian language and culture, and introduces them to local routines and life in Perugia, where the opportunity to use the language abounds. This immersion further orients the students to studying Italian in Italy, where the communicative approach with Italian only in classroom is practiced in full. Lastly, the week sets the rules and rhythm for the semester and helps to instil an enthusiasm for the Italian language and culture.


This course is the equivalent to a second semester course and is designed for students who would like to deepen and broaden their communicative knowledge of the language. The emphasis is on giving students the tools to engage in everyday, routine tasks and to be able to exchange information more confidently on topics related to personal interests, familial relations, work and circumstances in which one finds oneself on a day to day basis. The course begins with a grammatical review to reinforce and build upon the basic grammatical elements introduced in the first semester of study. Various texts, such as letters, newspaper articles, popular songs, film clips and comics, will be used to develop students’ written and oral linguistic ability, including expanding significantly their vocabulary in areas most closely associated with everyday activities and personal interests. To achieve these goals, the course adopts various classroom activities – listening exercises and games, role-playing, peer correction exercises, and interviewing. In addition, frequent out-of-the-classroom exercises that put students in direct contact with native speakers are employed to increase integration of the students into local city life. This dual approach will help students to develop and/or refine their use and understanding of grammatical structures, including:

  • Regular and irregular forms of the present tense.
  • Direct and indirect pronouns, prepositions, adverbs, and the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs
  • The passato prossimo and the imperfetto
  • Future verbal forms
  • The conditionale presente and passato
  • The congiuntivo presente e passato

Course Structure

  • One week of intensive language instruction (20 contact hours)
  • 12 regularly scheduled weeks in which the class meets 4 hours per week
  • Final week of special academic exercises and the final exam.

Course Objectives

At the end of the semester, students should reach the level A2 “plus” of the Common European Framework in the four basic competencies: listening, speaking and interacting, reading, and writing. In practice, the student will be able to:

  • Participate in simple everyday conversations. Interact with native speakers on familiar topics by using slow and relatively basic speech: asking about personal issues, describing places and feelings, and expressing and explaining choices.
  • Understand simple messages related to familiar environments (school, job, family, vacation, etc.). Recognize the main points of a more structured speech.
  • Read easy texts of different types, including letters, advertisements, job-offers, diary pages and short newspaper articles.
  • Write simple texts on personal daily life and past experiences. Describe briefly more general cultural and social issues, using some specialized vocabulary.

Course Materials

Required Text: Course reader that contains the majority of the reading materials, grammatical units and vocabulary to be covered in the course will be made available. The reader is organized into two parts.
Supplementary Text: selected exercises and readings from various sources will be handed out periodically.
Dictionary: students are strongly recommended to purchase an English/Italian, Italian/English dictionary. The library in via Bartolo has a number of dictionaries available for consultation.