ITAL 120S – Elementary Italian Language, Conversation & Culture
A1.2 level (CEFR)
At A Glance
Prerequisites: False beginners or one semester of college level Italian and Placement Test
Contact hours at Università per Stranieri: 84
Contact hours at the Umbra Institute: 8
Co-curricular cultural activities: 20
Language of instruction: Italian
This is a 4-week elementary Italian course offered as part of the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program. “False beginners”, i.e. students who have some familiarity with the Italian language through exposure at home or who have studied Latin or other Romance language, or students with one semester of college-level Italian might place at the second stage of the A1 Elementary level based on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) and receive a total of 6 credits for their studies in Italian language, culture, and conversation.
Students will be enrolled at the prestigious Università per Stranieri di Perugia and study alongside international students representing over 100 countries. The in-class language instruction conducted at the Università per Stranieri is supplemented by tutorials and workshops at the Umbra Institute and a rich series of cultural co-curricular activities by Umbra faculty at the Umbra Institute. For more information about the Università per Stranieri click here.
The objective of the course is to train students to understand and create frequently used sentences and expressions related to environments of immediate relevance (for example, basic information on people, families, purchases, local geography, study, and work). After successfully completing this level students will be capable of communicating in routine situations, providing simple and appropriate descriptions of their personal experience referring to immediate needs.
Weekly Course Structure
Language Class (at UniStrPG): 14 hours
Skills Development Lab (at UniStrPG): 5 hours
Pronunciation & Spelling (at UniStrPG): 2 hours
Tutorial & Workshops (at the Umbra Institute): 2 hours
Co-Curricular Activities (Outside of Classroom) 3+ hours
False beginners of one semester of college-level Italian and Placement Test.
After successfully completing this level students will be capable of communicating in routine situations, providing simple and appropriate descriptions of their personal experience referring to immediate needs.
Activities at the Umbra Institute
Students enrolled in the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program will have access to Umbra Faculty members beyond their private and group tutoring session during a vast series of cultural activities designed to improve their language speaking skills in a natural environment while introducing them to practices of daily life and the cultural offerings of Central Italy. These activities include the following:
• Traditional welcome dinner;
• Tandem nights with Italian university students;
• Day-Trip to Tuscany
• “Serate in cucina”- cooking with faculty members or local experts;
• Trips to local festivals (e.g., typical Central Italian “sagre”, Perugia 1416, Umbria Jazz);
• Guided tours of Perugia and other Umbrian towns;
• Visit to local winery with tastings;
• Live Concert performances
• Farewell Festa
A final co-curricular activities series schedule will be provided during orientation.