ITAL 210S – Intermediate Italian Language, Conversation & Culture I
A2.1 Level (CEFR)
At A Glance
Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level Italian or 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 intermediate Italian course offered as part of the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program. US university students with at least two semesters of college-level Italian will most likely test into the A2 level (CEFR) and receive a total of 6 credits for their studies in Italian language, culture, and conversation. Traditional in-class language instruction conducted at the Università per Stranieri is supplemented by a rich series of cultural co-curricular activities by faculty at the Umbra Institute.
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.
Course Objectives and Outcomes
After completing this level, students will be able to communicate at a simple operational level in everyday situations. They will be able to: describe themselves and their surroundings, hold informal conversations about the weather, shopping, the cinema, holidays, and talk about routines and processes. The communicative purpose at this stage is to extend vocabulary and expressions, construct simple sentences and begin to elaborate with more details, giving simple reasons and opinions. During the course, students will notice that they begin to understand short explanations, announcements and items of news relating to everyday life and basic professional communications in the target language with more ease and they will become more confident writing short texts and Emails providing concrete information or making simple requests verbally and in writing.
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 (varies by week)
Two semesters of college-level Italian or Placement Test.
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.