Many students at the intermediate level of Italian know that 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.” In select courses taught in English, students have the option of adding this 1-credit lab.
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.
During this lab hour, material covered during regularly scheduled class time will be discussed and explored more in depth. Students will also examine additional related materials; read 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 for students’ mandatory Italian language course. Students are required to be concurrently enrolled in a 200- or 300-level course at the Umbra Institute.