Course/Lab Fee: Course reader fee announced during orientation
Prerequisite: The equivalent of lower intermediate Italian (or level A2 “plus” of the Common European Framework for language proficiency as a minimum).
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 upper intermediate course (the equivalent of a fourth semester course) is designed to equip students with the ability to speak the language with a certain degree of confidence, to acquaint them with more complex grammatical structures, and to introduce them to authentic texts as a way to enhance their lexicon. The course begins with a grammatical review to reinforce and build upon the grammatical elements introduced in the first three semesters of study.
Students will be introduced to a variety of authentic texts and materials (film clips, radio and TV segments, newspaper articles, literary excerpts) to develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will gain the capacity for more complex written and oral expression. In-class activities, such as games, role-playing, presentations, and interviewing in pairs, provide the means by which students learn to differentiate various social contexts and build a vocabulary and socio-linguistic competence appropriate for each situation. Students will develop their use and understanding of more advanced grammatical structures, including:
- I pronomi doppi e relativi
- Il futuro anteriore
- Il passato remoto
- Verbi riflessivi e particelle pronominali riflessive
- Il condizionale presente e passato
- Il congiuntivo presente e passato
- Concordanza dei tempi con il congiuntivo presente e passato
- Congiuntivo imperfetto e trapassato e l’uso delle congiunzioni con i congiuntivo
- Il periodo ipotetico della realtà, della possibilità, e della impossibilità
- Cenni sulla forma passive e impersonale.
Throughout the semester, students will participate in cultural activities, including interviews with Italian university students and trips to the local markets, bars and museums, to acquire an understanding and appreciation for contemporary culture as expressed in the local community. Students will be asked to reflect and comment upon these experiences, as a way to compare the new culture to that of their home country, in the form of short essays and in-class discussions.
- 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-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:
- Interact with a native speaker on familiar, everyday topics and topics of personal interest when clear, standard speech is used.
- Produce relatively simple texts on everyday topics and understand texts containing concrete and relatively simple abstract topics.
- Express opinions on current affairs, familiar topics and topics of personal interest, describe personal experiences, and provide brief explanations.
- Understand the main points of radio and television announcements, advertisements, news items, and talk shows when the speech is relatively slow and clear.
- Build a basic vocabulary of 750-1000 words and start to develop a small, specialized vocabulary tied to one’s personal interests and to the specific activities covered in class.
- Write simple texts based on familiar topics, personal experience and on certain aspects of culture and contemporary society (in the form of brief compositions, summaries, and informal and formal letters).
- Develop a more sophisticated understanding of Italian culture and contemporary society.
Required Text: A. Mazzetti, P. Manili, and M. R. Bagianti, Qui Italia Più (corso di lingua italiana per stranieri), Le Monnier, 2006.
Mandatory course reader.
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.