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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: None
  • Credits: 6
  • Course Travel: Cultural Activities Series

ITAL 320S: Advanced-Intermediate Italian Language, Conversation & Culture II

ITAL 320S – Advanced-Intermediate Italian Language, Conversation & Culture II
B1.2 Level (CEFR)

At A Glance
Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Three-four 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

Course Description
This is a 4-week advanced-intermediate Italian course offered as part of the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program. US university students with at least three semesters of college-level Italian will most likely test into the B1 level (CEFR) and receive a total of 6 credits for their studies in Italian language, culture, and conversation.

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
By the end of the B1 level, students can take part in a casual conversation for a reasonable period of time. They can understand texts and with a range of personal opinions and can write short, professional, and personal e-mails and simple texts stating facts and events. During the B1 level, students will improve fluency, intonation, and pronunciation, use more complex tenses and modes to talk about future possibilities and probability. They will notice that they understand faster in order to catch and retain the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters encountered in work and leisure.

Weekly Course Structure
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)

Three-four 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.