This is an 8-week beginner to intermediate Italian course series offered as part of the Summer Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program (9 weeks total). All US university students will begin at the A2 Elementary level based on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Level A1 is for those unfamiliar with the Latin/Roman alphabet (a,b,c etc.)
After the first month a proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement for the second month. In most cases students remain in the A2, A2+ levels for the entire program. In some cases students may advance to the B1 level.
Students that remain in level A2 for both Sessions (A2/A2) will receive credit for the following Umbra courses:
ITAL 101S Elementary Language & Culture I (4 credits)
ITAL 102S Elementary Language & Culture II (4 credits)
ITST/SOC 250S: Civiltà Italiana: Italian Culture and Society I (3 credits)
Students that advance to level B1 for the second month (A2/B1) will receive credit for the following Umbra courses:
ITAL 110S Elementary Italian Language & Culture (6 credits)
ITAL 210S Intermediate Italian Language & Culture (6 credits)
None. No previous study in Italian language required.
Language Class: 12 hours
Skills Development Lab: 4 hours
Pronunciation & Spelling: 2 hours
Tutorial Sessions at Umbra: 2 hours
Co-curricular activities: Varies
Starting at a beginners’ level, the program A2/B1 aims first to review and consolidate those basic linguistic skills required in familiar environments and in routine situations (see objectives for level A2). Moving to the B1 level, you will be able to create the conditions to begin, maintain and conclude a short and simple conversation face-to-face or over the telephone, to easily understand simple, routine exchanges, to make yourself understood and to swap ideas and information on familiar topics. Furthermore, you will be able to interact in situations that may arise while traveling around Italy, to describe experiences, dreams, and hopes, to briefly present reasons for and explanations of opinions, projects, and intentions.
Main Grammar Points covered in A2 and B1
Ripasso generale dei principali elementi grammaticali del livello A2, in particolare preposizioni semplici e articolate, verbi riflessivi, passato prossimo regolare e irregolare, avverbi di tempo al passato prossimo, verbi modali al passato, particella “ci”, futuro semplice e composto, aggettivi e pronomi possessivi.
Trattazione o approfondimento dei seguenti argomenti: imperfetto, uso di imperfetto e passato prossimo, trapassato prossimo, imperativo diretto, quello/bello, verbi volerci e metterci, pronomi diretti, pronome partitivo “ne”, forme ce l’ho – ce n’è, pronomi indiretti, pronomi combinati, forme impersonali, condizionale semplice, condizionale composto, gli interrogativi, cenni al congiuntivo presente e passato, imperativo indiretto.