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 you in the Italian language and culture, and introduces you to local routines and life in Perugia, where the opportunity to use the language abounds. This immersion further orients you 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.
The specific goals of the introductory course is to give you a basic lexicon to interact with everyday life, events and activities of your new host country, while at the same time teaching them the key building blocks of Italian grammar. The central objectives are therefore to provide you with the necessary tools by which you can engage—little by little—with the local community in a meaningful way, and to stimulate you to observe and reflect upon various aspects of the new culture surrounding them. Course activities will include exercises and homework assignments to develop and improve grammatical knowledge; reading and listening activities; and games, role-playing, and interviewing in both pairs and groups both within and outside the classroom.
• One week of intensive language instruction (20 contact hours)
• 13 regularly scheduled weeks in which the class meets 4 hours per week
At the end of the semester, you should reach the level A2 of the Common European Framework in the four basic competencies: listening, speaking and interacting, reading, and writing. In practice, you will be able to: