Umbra “i-Courses” – A portion of the course taught in Italian.
Many students at the intermediate level of Italian agree it would be extremely useful to begin to use what they have learned in a classroom setting, but understand that they are not fully prepared for an advanced course taught entirely in Italian. For these students, Umbra has developed the “iCourse”, where “i” stands for Italian. iCourses are traditional classes taught in English with an added session in Italian. iCourses yield four credits in total; three credits for the regular course taught in English and an extra credit for the additional class hour and assignments taught entirely in Italian. The iCourse provides a bridge between intermediate proficiency and daily use of the language for increased and enhanced learning. The Italian portion is paced, carefully monitored and taught at the appropriate level for complete comprehension. It’s Umbra’s way to enrich and supplement the study abroad experience by adding a motivating Italian linguistic element to elective courses with a unique, tailored experience. The iCourses also provide academic credit that can be transferred to specific areas such as Literature, Media Studies, Sociology or towards requirements for an Italian major or minor at the student’s home institution.
This is your opportunity to utilize the Italian you have learned to explore new course material in an enjoyable, rewarding environment with an instructor who is patient and cognizant of your proficiency limitations. During this hour, material covered during regularly scheduled class time will be discussed and explored more in depth. Students will also examine additional related materials; read original texts; view film clips without English subtitles; and be asked to write short reflections and/or essays in Italian.
Important Note: While emphasizing all four areas of language comprehension (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), the “i” courses do not substitute students’ mandatory traditional Italian language course. Students are required to be concurrently enrolled in a 200- or 300-level course at the Umbra Institute.
In these courses, language serves as an interdisciplinary tool rather than the primary subject. Improvement of students’ language skills will thus occur in a natural manner, complementing the cultural immersion at the Umbra Institute. In conjunction with many other opportunities to use the Italian language during the semester abroad, – tandem language exchanges, volunteer opportunities, seminars and practicums, courses with service learning and community-based components – these “i” courses give students another academic setting where they can challenge themselves to use the target language.
iCourses Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ITLN 201: Intermediate Italian I, ITLN 210: Intensive Intermediate Italian, ITLN 202: Intermediate Italian II, or ITLN 310: Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation; at least two semesters of college level Italian instruction; or instructor permission)
HSIT 349i: History and Culture of Food in Italy
HSIT 380i: Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History of the Mafia
ISLI 330i: From Literature to Social Media: Reading and Writing Italian Food
THIT 350i: Blockbusters and Bestsellers: Italian Cinema and Literature of the 21st Century
SOIT 360i: Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, and Trends
Ready for More?
For those who feel prepared enough to take a course taught entirely in Italian and at the advanced level. The prerequisites are concurrent enrollment in ITLN 310: Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation; at least three semesters of college level Italian instruction; or instructor permission. Each semester Umbra offers the following courses in Italian: