Second-Year Italian I
Italian 201 (3) and Italian 202 (3) are the second-year continuation of Italian 102.
The primary aim of the courses is to consolidate students’ oral and written proficiency, to improve their reading and comprehension skills and to promote their awareness of Italian culture. To serve that purpose, the courses are complemented by an interactive approach to the review of the main Italian grammatical points, an introduction to and discussion on cultural topics, such as stereotypes on Italian people and on Italy, Italian society, Made in Italy, basic principles of Italian cuisine, sport and health.
Both courses are based on the guidelines provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In particular, upon successful completion of Italian 201, students “understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance such as basic personal and family information, communicate in routine tasks and describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters of immediate need”, and have achieved the A2 language level.
ITAL 201 is a highly participatory course and students are expected to attend class regularly and participate actively in all class activities. The various assessments and evaluation methods which include vocabulary and grammar tests, peer writing and reading exercises, blogs or web-searches and group videos are tied to overall course goals and objectives and are meant to help the students assess their own progress in all four language skills and on their cultural competency as well. Students prepare the assigned material prior to coming to class. Online exercises provide additional practice and help students further their cultural competency. Grammar in class will be covered briefly in order to clarify concepts already studied by students on their own and tested to evaluate accuracy.
All activities and class discussions are conducted in Italian.
Rosella Bozzone Costa, Chiara Ghezzi and Monica Piantoni, Nuovo Contatto A2 w/audio CD (Level A2, Common European Framework), Loescher Editore.
Prerequisite: ITAL 102 or permission of the department
Language of instruction: Italian