Spring Semester C1/C1 Italian Language Program – Advanced
The Spring semester Direct Enrollment: University for Foreigners program consists of two separate courses as follows:
3-month course – January through March (Level C1)
1-month course – April (Level C1)
This program is for advanced students who start their Italian language learning at the Common European Framework Level C1 (first level advanced), and after completing the three-month course, continue to study at the Level C1 (first level advanced) for the remaining one-month course.
This program is taught entirely in Italian with the majority of the program taught at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, and two tutorial hours per week at the Umbra Institute.
Students in the advanced proficiency Level C1 may choose from three curricular tracks: Linguistic, Cultural or Technical/Business.
Each program covers topics in advanced linguistic studies, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, dialects and historical linguistics, and supplements the linguistic program with one elective course chosen from a variety of offerings in the humanities and social sciences.
Elective courses focus on various aspects of Italian history, culture, society and linguistics and include courses such as: History of Italian Cinema, History of Italian Theater, Contemporary Italian Literature, Art History, Contemporary Art, Sociolinguistics, Business Communications, the Language of the Mass Media, and Psycholinguistics. While these courses are designed to introduce and study a particular subject matter, they principally utilize the subject matter as a tool for further enhancing language proficiency.
Total hours of lessons per week: 24 hours
Tutorial Sessions with Umbra Instructors: 2 hours/week
The C1 program accepts students who have attended the second level Intermediate course (B2) or students who have been placed in C1 as a result of the placement exam. Also students who have a CELI 3 (the internationally recognized certificate of Italian language proficiency issued by the Università per Stranieri) or an equivalent Italian Language Certificate issued by institutions similar to the Università, have a direct access to the C1 level.
The objective of the course is to train you to use the language almost effortlessly, in its oral as well as written forms, in a natural and spontaneous manner. You must be able to make yourself easily understood even if the expressions you use are not always correct and accurate. You must have good mastery of a broad lexical repertory in different areas sufficient to allow you to understand specialized articles in newspapers and magazines. In terms of communication, you must be able to choose the most suitable language functions from your repertoire in order to speak and maintain a conversation and be able to express your points of view using a language that is not only appropriate but also efficient for communicative purposes. You must be able to write clear and well structured texts on both straightforward and complicated topics.
Main Grammar Points covered in C1-C1
Il programma prevede una revisione di tutti gli elementi grammaticali della lingua italiana (si veda anche il programma al livello B2), volta ad attivare una competenza d’utilizzo superiore, adeguata a situazioni che prevedano una conoscenza e una proprietà della lingua avanzata. L’attività didattica coinvolgerà diversi livelli lessicali, d’uso e di contesto (differenti situazioni comunicative, ambiti familiare, di lavoro, di relazione sociale, scolastico-universitario, letterario), cosi’ come di registro (situazioni formali od informali).
UMBRA TRANSCRIPT AWARDED – Levels C1/C1:
ITAL 401 Advanced Italian – 5 credits
ITST/SOC 450 Civiltà Italiana: Italian Culture and Society – 5 credits
ITST 490 Advanced Italian I: Special Topics (elective course*) – 3 credits
ITST 491 Advanced Italian II: Special Topics (elective course*) – 3 credits
*There are a variety of elective courses that are on offer to you at the C1/C2 level. Examples of elective courses are: History of Italian Cinema, Art History, Contemporary History, and History of Italian Music.