Many students at the intermediate/intermediate advanced level of Italian agree it would be extremely useful to begin to use what they have learned in a classroom setting, but understand that they are not fully prepared for an advanced course taught entirely in Italian. For these students, Umbra has developed the Italian Language Lab or i-Course. This one-credit lab can be attached to any intermediate and advanced Italian language classes to add a content and conversation session in Italian. Thus, students enroll in the Ital 201, 202, or 301 add a 1-credit lab component, with one additional weekly class hour. The i-Course provides a bridge between intermediate proficiency and daily use of the language for increased and enhanced learning. The Italian portion is paced, carefully monitored and taught at the appropriate level for complete comprehension. It’s Umbra’s way to enrich and supplement the study abroad experience by adding a motivating Italian linguistic element to elective courses with a unique, tailored experience.
This is your opportunity to utilize the Italian you have learned to explore new course material in an enjoyable, rewarding environment with an instructor who is patient and cognizant of your proficiency limitations. During this hour, students will practice their conversational skills, examine original texts; view film clips without English subtitles; and be asked to write short reflections and/or essays in Italian.
Important Note: While emphasizing all four areas of language comprehension (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), i-Courses do not substitute students’ mandatory Italian language course.
Italian Language Lab Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ITAL 201, ITAL 202, or ITAL 301.