Perugia is a wonderful laboratory for learning the Italian language, and the structure of the Italian language program reflects this urban reality. The first week of intensive language instruction immerses you in the Italian language and culture, and introduces you to local routines and life in Perugia, where the opportunity to use the language abounds. This immersion further orients you to studying Italian in Italy, where the communicative approach with Italian only in classroom is practiced in full. Lastly, the week sets the rules and rhythm for the semester and helps to instill an enthusiasm for the Italian language and culture.
This advanced course is specifically designed for those of you who have achieved an intermediate level of Italian and wish to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Italian language. To achieve this goal, a three-fold approach is adopted: you will work with Italian texts of various types (e.g., narrative and literary excerpts, newspaper articles, film clips, and segments from television shows); engage in guided activities; and participate in out-of-the-classroom activities that require you to make use of the city.
Through these activities, you will come in contact with the authentic written and spoken language in a variety of forms through which you can develop your skills in writing, reading, listening, and speaking; you enrich your vocabulary, paying particular attention to the study of idiomatic expressions, modes of speaking, and proverbs; and you advance your understanding of several grammatical and morphological aspects of the language, including:
- Il passato e trapassato remoto
- Il periodo ipotetico
- La concordanza dei tempi dell’indicativo e del congiuntivo
- gli aggettivi, pronomi e modi indefiniti
- la forma passive e impersonale e il discorso diretto ed indiretto
- le congiunzioni coordinative e subordinative.
During the semester, you will be asked to conduct “street” interviews, gather direct testimonies on different aspects of contemporary life, engage in short surveys, and meet with University of Perugia students, all with the aim of encouraging you to interact as much as possible with the city and become acquainted with the surrounding environment in which you live for four months. You will be asked to reflect on each of these activities through preparing oral accounts and brief essays.
• One week of intensive language instruction (20 contact hours)
• 13 regularly scheduled weeks in which the class meets 6 hours per week
At the end of the semester, you should reach the level B2 or B2+ of the Common European Framework in the four basic competencies: listening, speaking and interacting, reading, and writing. In some cases, you may achieve C1 in the reading and writing competencies.
In practice, you will be able to:
- Interact with a native speaker without too much effort in both formal and informal settings;
- Produce clear texts on various topics and express a personal opinion on current affairs and events, offering both the advantages and the disadvantages of different positions;
- Understand the principal ideas of a text containing concrete and abstract topics;
- Understand radio and television passages of the following types: announcements, advertisements, news briefings, short comic passages, current affairs programming, interviews, and talk shows;
- Acquire a basic vocabulary of 1000-1500 words and a smaller specialized vocabulary tied to one’s own area of study, one’s personal interests, and to the Italian culture and civilization topics covered in
- Write texts on familiar topics or those of personal interest and on aspects of culture and contemporary society (in the form of brief compositions, summaries, informal and formal letters, and short essays
- Understand diverse aspects of Italian culture and reflect on the comparison between his/her own culture and that of the host country.
• Required Text: A Course Reader that contains the materials to be covered in the course will be made available.
• Supplementary Text: Selected exercises and readings from various textbooks and workbooks will be handed out periodically.
• Dictionary: Students are strongly recommended to purchase an English/Italian, Italian/English dictionary. The library also has a number of dictionaries available for consultation.