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  • Discipline(s): Italian Language & Culture
  • Available: Summer Session I Summer Session II
  • Course Type: UniStraPG Italian
  • Taught in: Italian
  • Course Fee: TBA
  • Credits: 6
  • Course Travel: Cultural Activities Series

ITAL 220S Intermediate Italian Language & Culture II

ITAL 220S – Intermediate Italian Language & Culture II
A2.2 Level (CEFR)

At A Glance
Credits: 6
Prerequisites: None
Contact hours at Università per Stranieri: 72
Contact hours at the Umbra Institute: 8
Co-curricular cultural activities: 20 
Language of instruction: Italian

Course Description
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 Universita’ 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 Universita 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.

Weekly Course Structure
Language Class (at UniStrPG):   12 hours
Skills Development Lab (at UniStrPG):    4 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 in Umbria or Tuscany 
  • “Serate in cucina”- cooking with faculty members or local experts;
  • Trips to local festivals (e.g., typical Central Italian “sagre”, Perugia 1416);
  • Guided tours of Perugia and Assisi;
  • Visit to local winery with tastings;
  • Lecture series on historical and current topics of Italian culture;
  • Outdoor Cinema nights and live musical performances in Italian;
  • Farewell Festa

A final co-curricular activities series schedule will be provided during orientation.

Main Grammatical Structures Covered

An extensive review of all grammar structures studied in A1.3 and:


  • Alcuni nomi di origine straniera con plurale invariato
  • Ripresa e approfondimento di nomi invariabili al plurale
  • Singolare invariato dei principali nomi a suffisso -ISTA
  • I principali nomi a suffisso -TORE e -TRICE


  • Aggettivi indefiniti


  • Pronomi personali atoni diretti lo, la, li, le
  • Il pronome partitivo ne
  • Pronomi personali atoni diretti + participio passato
  • Alcuni pronomi personali atoni indiretti


  • Presente indicativo dei verbi potere, dovere, volere (ripresa e approfondimento)
  • Se vuoi, possiamo + infinito
  • Verbo andare + preposizioni semplici e articolate
  • Verbo andare + a + infinito
  • Ho bisogno + di + – nome – infinito
  • Sapere + infinito
  • (Non) Sono bravo/a a+ infinito
  • Vorrei +
    • nome
    • infinito
  • Indicativo presente del verbo preferire
  • Preferisco +
    • nome
    • infinito
  • Passato prossimo di alcuni verbi irregolari
  • Passato prossimo dei verbi riflessivi e reciproci
  • Venga uso formulaico


  • Preposizioni semplici e articolate (ripresa)
  • con (mezzo)
  • a (mezzo) 

Avverbi (e locuzioni avverbiali)

  • Avverbi di tempo


  • Congiuzione causale