Course/Lab Fee: Course reader fee announced during orientation
Prerequisite: The equivalent of one year of beginning Italian (level A2 “plus” of the Common European Framework for language proficiency).
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 instill an enthusiasm for the Italian language and culture.
This lower intermediate course (the equivalent of a third semester course) is designed particularly to help students improve their communicative skills. The course begins with a grammatical review to reinforce and build upon the grammatical elements introduced in the first year of study. Thereafter the course places emphasis on developing students’ ability to speak the language. Students often work in pairs and follow examples of native speakers presented in audio and visual materials. Group work continues outside the classroom where various assignments require students to interact with local Italians.
Students will read and analyze a variety of authentic texts that focus on popular, non-specialist topics as a way to develop their skills in reading and writing and to develop a more nuanced understanding of the Italian culture. In-class activities, such as games, role-playing, and presentations, help students to expand their vocabulary and acquire socio-linguistic competence. This communicative approach also allows students to refine their use and understanding of grammatical structures, including:
- Uso dell’imperfetto, del passato prossimo e del trapassato prossimo
- Pronomi diretti, indiretti e combinati
- Particelle NE e CI
- Accordo dei pronomi con il participio
- Gradi dell’aggettivo: comparativo e superlativo
- Il futuro semplice e composto
- Verbi impersonali
- Imperativo diretto, indiretto e con i pronomi
- Il condizionale presente e passato
- Il congiuntivo presente e passato
- Cenni sul periodo ipotetico
- 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.
At the end of the semester, students should reach the level B1 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:
- Understand the main points of an announcement, news item, advertisement delivered in clear, standard speech.
- Begin, sustain and conclude a brief and simple conversation face to face or over the telephone.
- Comprehend and make oneself understood on familiar and personal topics.
- Interact in situations in which one is typically found while traveling around Italy.
- Describe personal experiences, dreams, and hopes and express personal opinions, plans and intentions.
- Craft personal letters and requests for information on hotels, reservations, etc.
- Write simple, brief texts based on familiar topics or personal experience.
Required Text: a Course Reader that contains the majority of the reading materials, grammatical units and vocabulary to be covered in the course will be made available.
Mandatory course reader: selected exercises and readings from various sources.
Dictionary: students are strongly recommended to purchase an English/Italian, Italian/English dictionary. The library in via Bartolo also has a number of dictionaries available for consultation.