Italian 101

The Italian 101 course, an introductory-level language and culture course, will allow students to acquire some basic grammatical structures and learn about a number of interesting cultural topics, including Italian society, visual arts and architecture, music, and art cities. To help practice and develop all four-language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) this course adopts a highly interactive and communicative approach.
In particular, the purpose of Italian 101 is to help students gain some proficiency in communicating in a variety of survival situations, such as talk about themselves, their family, their interests and their daily routine, address different people, describe people and places they are familiar with and express likes and dislikes.

Students will learn how to appropriately pronounce the language, read short articles and simple stories; listen and understand dialogues and songs; write a postcard, a simple email message and a short letter in Italian and developing an appreciation for the uniqueness of Italian culture. By the end of this course students develop a beginner level of Italian language learning, as described under ‘breakthrough or A1 level’ in the European Common Languages Portfolio. It also provides a solid foundation for progression to ITAL 102, as well as for other Italian modules offered at UBC.

Attenzione!! This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Italian. Students who have some knowledge of the language must consult the undergraduate adviser. Attendance is a requirement: students who have not attended the class will not be admitted to the final.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and actively use sentences and expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (i.e. personal and family information, time and whether, shopping, food and eating habits and daily routine);
  • Ask where things are, indicate and locate people and objects, describe people’s appearance and personalities, describe living situations, express likes and dislikes;
  • Read short passages dealing with daily life in Italy;
  • Create and deliver short oral presentations and written texts on specific topics;
  • Actively use basic grammatical structures such as articles, nouns, adjectives, possessive pronouns, direct pronouns and the present tense of regular, irregular and reflexive verbs;
  • Appreciate diverse aspects of Italian culture

Required Text: Percorsi, Vol. 1, Customized edition, available at UBC bookstore

Prerequisite: no pre-requisites

Language of Instruction: Italian

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