ITAL101


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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First-Year Italian I

The Italian 101 course, an introductory-level language and culture course, will allow students to acquire some fundamental grammatical structures and develop awareness about a number of cultural topics, including Italian society and family, school system, fashion, meals in Italy, and Italian regions and art cities. To help practice and develop all four-language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) this course adopts a highly interactive 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 daily routine and their favourite activities, address different people, ask simple questions, describe people and places they are familiar with, and express likes and dislikes.

Students will read simple articles and stories, listen dialogues and songs, write short compositions and messages on topics such as their family or weekly routines, and engage in small group activities to practice their speaking skill. The course provides a foundation for progression to ITAL 102. It is designed for prospective minors as well as for those simply seeking a first exposure to the language.

Attendance and engagement in all class activities are strongly recommended as active learners gain fluency and comprehension skills more effectively. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and basic structures. A variety of evaluation methods including online testing and oral exams are used to assess and promote students’ progress.

Attenzione!! There are no prerequisites for this course. However Italian 101 is strictly for students with no previous knowledge of Italian. Students who have some knowledge of the language must consult the course instructor or the undergraduate Italian advisor to decide the best course of action.

Required Text:
F. Italiano, I. Marchegiani, (2014), Percorsi, Vol. 1, Customized edition, Pearson. Available at UBC bookstore AND online.

Prerequisite: None

Language of instruction: Italian

Course Registration