Benvenute e Benvenuti!
Italian Language and Culture: Beginner is an introductory course that teaches the four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the context of major themes in Italian culture.
The course will stay open from February 22, 2021 until December 31st, 2022 , as a self-paced course: this means that you can cover the material at your own speed within the time the course is open.
Although we estimate that, studying 3-4 hours per week, it will take you about 8 weeks to complete the course, you are under no obligation to finish within this time.
You may decide to study towards a Verified Certificate of Completion ($49), or to learn for your personal enrichment and pleasure.
To receive a Verified Certificate of Completion you must obtain a final score of 60% on Tests. You may drop 2 Tests.
The course consists of four Units.
Each Unit is broken down in 6-7 lessons (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.)
Each lesson presents its content in multiple ways. These can be viewed and studied in any order you prefer.
Below is a quick overview of the various components of each unit.
Ciak! videos : original videos shot on our campus with native and near native speakers of Italian. Each Ciak! video is followed by two downloadable Podcasts. These will be ideal for your on-the-go practice.
Grammar charts : grammar explanations, examples, and charts are available for review with audio files of each example and verb conjugation within the course, and can be downloaded in PDF file format.
Slide Shows with animation : grammar explanations with images and animation.
Videos (Slide Shows with Narration) : narrated grammar explanations.
Esercizi : online exercises with immediate feedback.
Vocaboli nuovi : new vocabulary lists are available as PDF files, slide show presentations, and videos with narration.
Discussione : creative writing prompts.
Lettura : readings delivered as PDF files, slide show presentations, and videos with narration.
Intervista : interview with a native speaker on a variety of cultural subjects.