ITAL 401D Advanced Italian I – 4 credits
ITAL 402D Advanced Italian II – 4 credits
ITAL 403D Advanced Italian III – 4 credits
ITAL/SOC 485D Aspects of Italian Culture & Society – 4 credits
Total Credits: 16
At a Glance
Contact Hours at Università per Stranieri: 270
Contact Hours at the Umbra Institute: 15
Prerequisites: Four to five semesters of college level Italian or Placement test.
Università per Stranieri Faculty: TBD
Umbra Faculty Mentor: TBD
Course Type: Course taught all in Italian
This is a 15-week long advanced Italian course offered by the Umbra Institute in cooperation with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia (UniStraPG). Students with four to five semesters of college Italian language instruction might test into the first module of the B2 advanced level (based on the Common European Framework for Languages – CEFR). They will receive 16 credits for their studies in Italian language, culture, and conversation over one semester of study. Weekly tutorial sessions at Umbra supplement traditional in-class language instruction conducted at the Università per Stranieri and assure students are prepared for Italian-style university examinations.
This level teaches vocabulary and culture with a special focus on the following components of Italian life: history, literature, current affairs, art, music, university studies, professional and life projects, current events, political institutions, social aspects, stereotypes, social relations, events of national and international resonance, typical Italian behaviors in social contexts, nutrition, health, social relationships in Italy, social issues in Italy (work, health, politics, etiquette, culturally marked behaviors), and the environment. A wide variety of authentic materials are used in teaching students the range of the Italian language, such as face to face interaction, interview, monologs, radio and TV broadcasts, films, fictional texts, biographical narrative, fairy tales and legends, audio guides, formal and informal emails, diary entries, interviews , newspaper articles (editorials, chronicles, reviews), essays, Internet forums and blogs, chats, manuals, historical texts, tourist guides, movie posters, iconographic material, and advertisements.
By the end of the B2 level, students can understand standard speech spoken at a normal rate and follow even complex lines of argument, provided the topic is reasonably familiar. They can understand the essentials of college lectures and most TV news and current affairs programs and can understand most films (if in standard Italian). At this level, students can understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems and they should be able to read contemporary literary prose. Students will notice that during this level they will begin to be able to account for and sustain their opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments, and comments. They will start to take an active part in informal discussion in familiar contexts, commenting, putting their point of view clearly, evaluating alternative proposals and making and responding to hypotheses. They will be able to hold their own effectively in social discourse and understand in detail what is said to them in the standard spoken language. Regular interaction with native speakers now becomes quite possible without imposing strain on either party.
Weekly Course Structure
Language Class (at UniStrPG): 12 hours
Skills Development Lab (at UniStrPG): 4 hours
Pronunciation & Spelling (at UniStrPG): 2 hours
Tutorial (at the Umbra Institute): 1 hour
Examinations at each level at the Università per Stranieri: 85%
Attendance, Assessments, and Participation at Umbra Tutorials: 15%
Main Grammatical Structures Covered in this Level