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Italian Language and Culture: Intermediate

Wellesley College via edX

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Overview

Benvenuti e Benvenute! (Welcome!)

In this language course, you will enhance your Italian language skills, enrich your vocabulary and expand your conversational skills. You will learn how to have exchanges on a variety of topics, and continue your immersion in the Italian culture through unique videos and interviews. You will also become more confident as you continue practicing your reading and writing skills.

This course offers a variety of tools that will help you learn in different ways:

  • Situational videos (called Ciak!, which means “clapperboard” in Italian): you will follow eight Italian students in their daily lives and interactions on our campus. What a great way to learn authentic conversational Italian!
  • Downloadable Podcasts: become a participant in each Ciak! video and practice Italian when and where you want on your portable device!
  • Grammar charts, with or without audio files: study and review grammar through concise, clear and downloadable pdf files, and practice pronunciation with our embedded audio files.
  • Short video lessons: as if in a real classroom, learn each new topic with the instructor’s direct guidance.
  • Video interviews: learn from various native speakers as they talk about different aspects of Italian culture.
  • Short “Letture” (readings): practice reading comprehension while learning about Italian culture.
  • Discussion board: your chance to communicate (in Italian!) with other students on a variety of suggested topics.
  • Ready to test your skills? Practice and review with a variety of self-correcting activities.

Italian culture is an integral part of this course. Through our interviews and readings you will learn about:

  • the origins of the “made in Italy” in fashion;
  • Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and poetry;
  • the Italian health care system;
  • shopping for clothes and food in Italy.

Whether you are a traditional, visual or auditory learner, you will find the tools that best fit your unique way to learn a foreign language.

After completing this course, continue learning Italian with Italian Language and Culture: Advanced.

Finally …buon lavoro e buon divertimento

 

Syllabus

Benvenute e Benvenuti!

With Italian Language and Culture: Intermediate you will enhance your Italian language skills, enrich your vocabulary and expand your conversational skills. You will learn how to have exchanges on a variety of topics, and continue your immersion in the Italian culture through unique videos and interviews. 

The course will stay open from February 11th, 2019 until August 31st, 2020: this means that you can cover the material at your own speed within this time frame.
 
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.

Course organization

The course consists of four Units. Each Unit is broken down in 6-7 lessons (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 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.

Taught by

Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

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