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.
Some of Italy's major film directors will be considered, such as Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Antonioni, the Taviani brothers, Scola.
Particular attention is dedicated to the films of Fellini.
Students are expected to acquire the basic knowledge of the written and spoken structures.
Students are expected to read and comprehend short passages in Italian and to draft simple compositions / dialogues.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.This course uses techniques of oral expression to develop greater conversational fluency and accuracy.Conversational practice is based on topics in the culture and contemporary civilization related to the language.While analyzing the transformation of the short story throughout the centuries, students will use their creative writing as a means to travel, figuratively, into foreign landscapes; to experiment, literally, with foreign concepts and forms.Student travelers will discover key questions in Italian cultural history such as the Italian search for a common linguistic identity or the struggle for political unification.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.By the end of the course students will achieve proficiency at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.Students will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.