Through the Italian Language Lab (ITAL 290) or i-Course, students can add an additional Italian component to specific courses.
Many students at the intermediate level of Italian agree it would be extremely useful to begin to use what they have learned in a classroom setting, but understand that they are not fully prepared for an advanced course taught entirely in Italian. For these students, Umbra has developed the Italian Language Lab or i-Course. This one-credit lab can be attached to specific non-Italian classes to add a session in Italian. Thus, students enroll in the 3-credit course taught in English and add a 1-credit lab component, with this additional class hour taught entirely in Italian. The i-Course provides a bridge between intermediate proficiency and daily use of the language for increased and enhanced learning. The Italian portion is paced, carefully monitored and taught at the appropriate level for complete comprehension. It’s Umbra’s way to enrich and supplement the study abroad experience by adding a motivating Italian linguistic element to elective courses with a unique, tailored experience.
This is your opportunity to utilize the Italian you have learned to explore new course material in an enjoyable, rewarding environment with an instructor who is patient and cognizant of your proficiency limitations. During this hour, material covered during regularly scheduled class time will be discussed and explored more in depth. Students will also examine additional related materials; read original texts; view film clips without English subtitles; and be asked to write short reflections and/or essays in Italian.
Important Note: While emphasizing all four areas of language comprehension (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), i-Courses do not substitute students’ mandatory Italian language course. Students are required to be concurrently enrolled in a 200- or 300-level Italian language course at the Umbra Institute.
Italian Language Lab Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I, ITAL 210: Intensive Intermediate Italian, ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian II, or ITAL 310: Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation; at least two semesters of college level Italian instruction; or instructor permission).
Currently, the Italian Language Lab (1 credit) can be added to the following courses:
FSST/HIST/SOC 349: History and Culture of Food in Italy
FLM 385: Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History of the Mafia
ENG/FSST 325: From Literature to Social Media: Reading and Writing Italian Food
FLM 350: Blockbusters and Bestsellers: Italian Cinema and Literature of the 21st Century
SOC 370: Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, and Trends
Ready for More?
For those who feel prepared enough to take a course taught entirely in Italian and at the advanced level. The prerequisites are concurrent enrollment in ITLN 310: Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation; at least three semesters of college level Italian instruction; or instructor permission. Each semester Umbra offers the following courses in Italian:
ITAL 420: Il racconto Italiano: The Italian Short Story