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  • Discipline(s): Italian Language & Culture
  • Available: Summer Session I
  • Course Type: UniStraPG Italian
  • Taught in: Italian
  • Credits: 6
  • Course Travel: No

Summer Advanced Intensive Italian Language & Culture – (5 weeks)

This a 4-week (5 weeks overall) advanced Italian course series offered as part of the Intensive Italian Language & Culture Program. All US university students will begin at the C1 advanced level based on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Students will cover the equivilent of approximately two semesters of advanced Italian language (composition/conversation/cultural) receiving a total of 6 credits. 

Course(s) listed on Transcript:

ITAL 410S Advanced Italian Language and Culture (6 credits)

Placement or five or more semesters of college level language instruction. Also students who have a CELI 3 (the internationally recognized certificate of Italian language proficiency issued by the Università per Stranieri) or an equivalent Italian Language Certificate issued by institutions similar to the Università, have a direct access to the C1 level.

Weekly Schedule:
Italian Language Class: 12 hours
Skills Development Lab: 4 hours
Phonetics & Phonology: 2 hours
Special Topics Culture Courses: 2 hours
Tutorial Sessions at Umbra: 2 hours
Co-curricular activities: Varies

Each program covers topics in advanced linguistic studies, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, dialects and historical linguistics, and supplements the linguistic program with one elective course chosen from a variety of offerings in the humanities and social sciences.

Students in the advanced proficiency Level C1 may choose workshops from three curricular tracks for special topics: Linguistic, Cultural or Technical/Business.

Special Topics workshops focus on various aspects of Italian history, culture, society and linguistics and include courses such as: History of Italian Cinema, History of Italian Theater, Contemporary Italian Literature, Art History, Contemporary Art, Sociolinguistics, Business Communications, the Language of the Mass Media, and Psycholinguistics. While these courses are designed to introduce and study a particular subject matter, they principally utilize the subject matter as a tool for further enhancing language proficiency.

The objective of the course is to train you to use the language almost effortlessly, in its oral as well as written forms, in a natural and spontaneous manner. You must be able to make yourself easily understood even if the expressions you use are not always correct and accurate. You must have good mastery of a broad lexical repertory in different areas sufficient to allow you to understand specialized articles in newspapers and magazines. In terms of communication, you must be able to choose the most suitable language functions from your repertoire in order to speak and maintain a conversation and be able to express your points of view using a language that is not only appropriate, but also efficient for communicative purposes. You must be able to write clear and well structured texts on both straightforward and complicated topics.

Main Grammar Points covered in C1
Il programma prevede una revisione di tutti gli elementi grammaticali della lingua italiana, volta ad attivare una competenza d’utilizzo superiore, adeguata a situazioni che prevedano una conoscenza e una proprietà della lingua avanzata. L’attività didattica coinvolgerà diversi livelli lessicali, d’uso e di contesto (differenti situazioni comunicative, ambiti familiare, di lavoro, di relazione sociale, scolastico-universitario, letterario), cosi’ come di registro (situazioni formali od informali).

After you successfully complete this program, you will be awarded the equivalent of 8 credits of Advanced Italian language and Culture courses.