Third-Year Italian I

ITAL 301 aims to strengthen students’ competence in Italian and to develop effective operational proficiency in both oral and written skills. A communication-oriented approach will be used: we will work on authentic material in Italian, the language of instruction. Contemporary culture, customs and current news will be the starting point to create interest, motivation and confidence in using the language, naturally leading to a wider vocabulary, new strategies in interaction and further insights. Students will be engaged in daily class discussions and communicative activities: active participation is a requirement, together with enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to learn. This course also provides a solid foundation for taking ITAL 401 and 402.


  • to develop the communicative abilities (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in Italian (intermediate-advanced level/ CEFR B2);
  • to offer insights into the culture and daily life of Italy;
  • to encourage positive attitudes to language learning, together with awareness and appreciation of cultural differences.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of ITAL 301 students will be able to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization;
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
  • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Cummings, Frenquellucci, Pastorino: Immagina 2e SE(LL) + SS + wSAM. Vista Higher Learning

Prerequisite: One of ITAL 202, ITAL 203 or permission of the department

Transfer students or students with experience in Italy should contact the undergraduate adviser for a language competence assessment.

Language of instruction: Italian

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