The land and the people of Italy and the Italian-speaking world: historical, social and cultural evolution; major developments in the arts (literature, music, opera, figurative arts, theater, cinema,; television, digital cultures, and new technologies) as these relate to enduring questions related to linguistic and political unity, immigration and emigration, race, class, gender and sexuality.
Aspects of contemporary Italy are also covered Aspects of political, social and cultural history of twentieth century Italy are studied through documentaries and some of the major accomplishments of Italian cinema. Most of the films are in Italian (some with English subtitles).
They will be able to: a) produce simple connected texts on topics, which are familiar or of personal interest; b) describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions; and c) briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
This course is designed for students who have completed three semesters of Italian language study.
This course offers cultural readings from a variety of sources, including some literary pieces, as well as magazine and newspaper articles reflecting the contemporary scene in the countries where the language is spoken.
Vocabulary expansion and development of techniques of expression are accomplished through oral and written exercises.The acquisition of aural/oral communication skills will be stressed and, as such, the predominant language of instruction will be Italian.By the end of the course students will achieve proficiency at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.The course provides a review and expansion of command of Italian grammar, vocabulary, and culture.By the end of the course students will achieve proficiency at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major accomplishments of Italian cinema from "neorealism" through the "commedia all'italiana" to the present.Emphasis is placed on film as an artistic, aesthetic and theoretical medium for an exploration and interpretation of issues related to contemporary life.Students will be expected to be proficient in the written and spoken usage of intermediate linguistic structures.Students will be expected to deal with most situations likely to arise in the areas where the language is spoken.Whenever possible, the written assignments will be designed to foster practical communication skills and encourage efforts towards increased student integration in the local Italian-speaking community.This course is designed for students who have completed one semester of Italian language study.