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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: TBA
  • Credits: 6
  • Course Travel: Cultural Activities Series

ITAL 480S Advanced Italian: Grammar, Syntax & Conversation II

ITAL 480S Advanced Italian: Grammar, Syntax & Conversation II
C1.2 Level (CEFR)

At a Glance
Credits: 6
Contact Hours at Università per Stranieri: 72
Co-curricular cultural activities: 20
Prerequisites: At least five semesters of college-level Italian and Placement Exam
Università per Stranieri Faculty: TBD
Umbra Faculty Mentor: TBD
Language: Course and activities taught entirely in Italian

Course Description
This is a 4-week special Advanced Italian course offered as part of the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program. US university students with at least five successful semesters of college-level Italian will most likely test into the C1 level (CEFR) and receive a total of 4 credits for their studies in Italian advanced Italian Grammar, Syntax, and Conversation. 

Students will be enrolled at the prestigious Universita’ 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 Universita per Stranieri click here.

Course Objectives and Outcomes
This is a particular course in Advanced Grammar, Syntax and Conversation, that is usually not offered in standard Italian Language programs in the United States, but is perfect for students preparing to become teachers of Italian or wanting to undertake graduate studies in the humanities. It is designed to take students from being competent speakers of the target language to explain to them the nuances and subtleties of the language that make the difference between a very good user and a near-native speaker. Students in this level will delve deeper into the intricacies of syntax, learn more grammatical exceptions, and be exposed to more idiomatic expressions. Students at this level will become able to use the language not only socially, but also professionally and academically with a certain degree of sophistication. They will also notice that they start to recognize not only implicit but also explicit meaning in longer and more demanding written and verbal texts.

Weekly Course Structure
Language Class (at UniStrPG): 9 hours
Skills Development Lab (at UniStrPG): 4 hours
Pronunciation & Spelling (at UniStrPG): 1 hours
Co-Curricular Activities (Outside of Classroom) 3+ hours

Four to five more 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 in Umbria or Tuscany 
  • “Serate in cucina”- cooking with faculty members or local experts;
  • Trips to local festivals (e.g., typical Central Italian “sagre”, Perugia 1416);
  • Guided tours of Perugia and Assisi;
  • Visit to local winery with tastings;
  • Lecture series on historical and current topics of Italian culture;
  • Outdoor Cinema nights and live musical performances in Italian;
  • Farewell Festa

A final co-curricular activities series schedule will be provided during orientation.

Main Grammatical Structures Covered

An extensive review of all grammar structures studied in B1.3 and:

nomi con lo stesso plurale ma diverso significato e accento
nominalizzazione delle varie parti del discorso
alternanza di genere e alternanza di significato
cambiamento di genere nella formazione di alterati
parole che richiamano

Uso degli articoli con i nomi propri di persona
Articoli che individuano il significato dei nomi
Aggettivi qualificativi
aggettivi composti con primo elemento modificato
sequenza nome – aggettivo qualificativo – aggettivo geografico
aggettivi indefiniti:
alcuno in frasi negative
qualunque, qualsiasi in posizione prenominale
qualunque e qualsiasi in posizione postnominale
parecchio, diverso, vario
tale (così grande)
Qualunque, qualsiasi seguiti da frasi all’indicativo
Qualunque, qualsiasi seguiti da frasi al congiuntivo

espressioni verbali che possono o devono essere usate con pronomi atoni (volerne, combinarne, farcela, sentirsela
forme e usi del pronome relativo neutro il che (la qual cosa), per cui (per questo fatto)
pronomi indefiniti: chiunque, tale
parecchi, diversi

ripresa e approfondimento della selezione dei tempi del congiuntivo nelle proposizioni subordinate indicanti:
congiuntivo retto da sostantivi indicanti
– opinione
– sentimento
ripresa e approfondimento dell’uso del condizionale semplice e composto
uso del gerundio nelle proposizioni subordinate implicite
l’infinito in funzione nominale
infiniti nominalizzati
l’infinito presente con valore nominale
– con le preposizioni
– dipendente da verbi fattivi fare e lasciare
– in subordinate implicite
infinito passato in subordinate implicite

Funzioni di alcune preposizioni
la proposizione relativa implicita retta da da

ricapitolazione della posizione degli avverbi focalizzanti
avverbi composti
avverbi con suffisso -menti
avverbi di tempo

Congiunzioni con l’indicativo
Congiunzioni con il congiuntivo
Causale negativa possibile in contrasto con una causa reale

Frase semplice e complessa
Ordini marcate della frase
Primo approccio alla frase scissa
Strutture coordinative correlative con non solo… ma anche
Ricapitolazione delle frasi oggettive all’indicativo e al congiuntivo
Verbi di opinione (e anche sperare, temere, dubitare) senza il che