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Course Overview


Intermediate Italian I

Intermediate Italian I Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Florence Center
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Italian Language & Literature
Instruction in: Italian
Course Code: ITA203
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60
Prerequisites: The equivalent of two semesters of college level Italian


This intermediate course aims at improving the four basic skills, reading, speaking, writing and understanding through a direct exposition to Italian language and culture. After reviewing basic grammar and vocabulary, you will be steadily exposed to new and more complex grammar and communicative structures so that you will have more opportunities of interacting accurately and expressively with the host community. In order to develop these skills the primary language of instruction in this course is Italian.

The course combines several integrated approaches aimed at developing your skills. Most in-class time, driven by the structure of the textbook and accompanying workbook, is devoted to speaking and practicing Italian through a combination of group-based and individual activities, focusing on grammatical structures, language functions and vocabulary. Lessons also focus on a wide range of contemporary cultural themes through the use varied materials such as newspaper articles, advertising material and short film clips. Onsite activities such as visits to markets and to the National Library in Florence, and regular conversation exchanges with Italian students, will give you a unique chance to rapidly implement your linguistic development in real-life.

To give you further opportunities to develop your linguistic and intercultural skills in real local-community situations, your professor will assist in arranging conversation exchanges with Italians, either as part of in-class cultural exchanges with local Italians as guests, or during on-site study excursions.

Special extra-curricular activities, organized by various local institutions, will be announced at the start of the semester and your instructor will help you identify which activities would be most useful for you. These and other cultural components of the course will also promote your knowledge of Italy and Italians, as you learn about Italian society, and thus learning Italian gives you a privileged opportunity to develop sensitivity towards cultural differences and to understand the ways in which culture and language interlock. In this sense you will be encouraged to exploit the value of these lessons not just as a useful aid to your progress in other courses at the GlobalCampus, but as a set of tools for unlocking a wide range of intercultural discoveries whilst living and studying abroad.

By the end of the course, you are expected not simply to be able to demonstrate mastery of the basic grammar and lexical structures, but the growing ability to conduct relatively demanding conversations to express personal ideas and opinions, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and to be able to write short texts that clearly and simply relate personal experiences, impressions and opinions.

Several class sessions will involve simple group discussions and debates on current topics or on movies and newspaper articles, thus increasing the possibilities for developing the skills of self-expression. Particular attention will be devoted to expressing individuals? and other people?s ideas and to synthesizing information and opinions.

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