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Intermediate Italian II

Intermediate Italian II Course Overview

OVERVIEW

CEA Partner Institution: CEA Florence Center
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Italian Language & Literature
Instruction in: Italian
Course Code: ITA204
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60
Prerequisites: Intermediate Italian I or the equivalent of at least three semesters of college level Italian

DESCRIPTION

This intermediate course aims at building on your proficiency with the four basic skills (reading, speaking, writing and understanding) through a direct exposition to Italian language and culture. It exposes you to new and more complex grammar and communicative structures so that you will have more opportunities of interacting accurately and expressively with some degree of fluency with the host community, to be able to write articulated texts and express opinions on current topics, expressing pros and cons, to be able to read and comprehend a literary text, to be able to talk about cultural elements of Italian society, to write reports and summaries, and to be able to use comfortably a range of different tenses (present, past, imperfetto, imperative, conditional, subjunctive). 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.

To give you further opportunities to develop your linguistic and intercultural skills in real local-community situations, the course comprises the opportunity to hold a conversation exchange with Italian students studying English. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to socialise and study with your conversation partner on a regular basis throughout the rest of the semester as an immeasurable aid to your motivation, self-confidence and autonomy.

Special extra-curricular activities, such as the Public Lectures Series or Film Nights organised 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 Global Campus, but as a set of tools for unlocking a wide range of intercultural discoveries whilst living and studying abroad.

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