Giulia Tellini

Italian School Faculty

 Sunderland Language Center

PhD from the "Universita degli studi di Firenze," author of numerous books on Italian theatrical literature and cinema including: "Lezioni di stilistica per stranieri," "Storie di Medea," and "Vita e Arte di Gino Cervi." Tellini is the founder and director of the Florence Academy of Italian language and culture (L'accademia Fiorentina di Lingua e Cultura Italiana,) at the University of Florence. She is currently an editor for the publication: "Rivista di Letteratura Teatrale," and is writing a book on "Re Torrismondo," by Torquato Tasso.



Course List: 

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ITAL3153 - Beginning Italian Conversation      

In this course, we will work on mastering practical spoken Italian in its cultural context. The class activities will help you to develop the ability to maintain a conversation acquire confidence in using your Italian expand your vocabulary acquire information about life, culture and current trends in Italy develop sensitivity to Italian traditions and customs, improve your pronunciation, and will include basic discussion of some socio-cultural and political issues

Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation workshop.

Required Text: Rosella Bozzone Costa, Chiara Ghezzi, Monica Piantoni, Nuovo Contatto. Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri, volume A1, Loescher, 2013-2015, ISBN 9788858308608, 192 pp., 20,70 euro

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session

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ITAL3200 - Advanced Beginning Italian      

Designed for students with some previous study of Italian or another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language culture, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of Italy is a crucial component of the course content.

Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation workshop, the culture workshop and to attend the afternoon conversation course.

*Required Texts
: PRONTI …VIA! Beginning Italian, Daniela Melis, – Student textbook (ISBN 0-300-10842-7) + Student Workbook with audio (ISBN 0-300-10845-5)

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session

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ITAL3253 - Italian Conversation-intermed.      

This course is designed to help students develop communication skills in Italian, addressing topics related to Italian society and culture. The language is presented in context with practical examples of everyday speech, enriched by idiomatic expressions, idioms and proverbs. As a means of encouraging conversation, lessons will include individual activities, pair work and group exercises, as well as role plays and oral presentations. In order to spark debate in the classroom, the teacher will make use of films, songs, poems, stories and articles to expand the vocabulary of the students and sharpen their listening skills.

Objectives of the course:
The planned activities are aimed at:
- developing the ability to hold a conversation;
- gaining confidence in speaking Italian;
- expanding one’s vocabulary;
- obtaining information relating to Italian life, culture and fashions;
- learning traditions and customs and those traditions that are typically Italian;
- improving pronunciation;
- discussing historical, political and socio-cultural topics in class

Required Text: Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla, Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Nuovo Magari B2, Alma, Ean 9788861822832.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session

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ITAL3306 - Int Conversation & Expression      

Oral Expression and Conversation

The objective of this course is to help students practice their conversational skills in Italian as well as their listening comprehension and oral expression, while reinforcing the intricate linguistic competence, vocabulary, and grammatical structures they must possess in order to decipher and produce various verbal codes and interact in the Italian socio-cultural context. Group discussions, role-play, visual, and written text analysis from a variety of sources, as well as in-class oral presentation of specific topics, will allow students to engage with language in meaningful contexts.

Required Texts: A course pack will be prepared by the instructor

* Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation workshop, as well as in some of the other workshops offered in the evening for this level

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session

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ITAL6565 - Intro Mdrn&Contp Lit & Culture      

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture

This course will cover Italian literature from the beginning of the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Major authors will be read against the background of Italian political and cultural history. Beginning with an overview of Italian Romanticism --with particular reference to Foscolo and Leopardi, the course will then focus on the development of the novel, from Manzoni, Nievo and the authors of the United Italy (Verga, Collodi, Deledda, D'Annunzio, Pirandello) to the representative writers of the twentieth century (Svevo, Pavese, Ginzburg, C. Levi, Vittorini, Calvino). Changing attitudes in poetry will be illustrated by a selection of readings ranging from the Decadence (Pascoli, Gozzano, the crepuscolari poets) to "Avanguardia" (Marinetti and Futurism), Dino Campana, the "Ermetici" (Ungaretti, Montale), and the "Transavanguardia".

Course required for new graduate students who do not have a major in Italian.

*Required Text:
Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, seconda edizione, Milano, Le Monnier, 2014 Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6639 - Figure of Medea & Its Myth      

The Figure of Medea and its Myth

This course proposes to study the figure of Medea as perceived and interpreted by various Mediterranean authors, from the time of her conception in Ancient Greece through our own day. Everyone knows that Medea is a woman who kills her children. But who is she? And why does she do it? She is the timid princess of a faraway land who is seduced and abandoned by an adventurer, the powerful granddaughter of a Sun god, the slighted heroine who is compelled to seek revenge for her stolen honor, the woman of wisdom, the betrayed lover, the heartbroken mother. Innumerable writers, composers and directors have interpreted in their own way the story of Medea, and in so doing have told something of themselves, of their time and their culture: from Euripides to Seneca, Dante to Christine de Pizan, Lope de Vega to Pierre Corneille, Corrado Alvaro to Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Annibale Ruccello to Max Rouquette; from Greece to Rome, France to Spain, and from Naples to Africa: this archetypical figure has made appearances and played a role in cultural thought.

Required texts: Giulia Tellini, Storie di Medea, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2012, ISBN 978-88 6087 5273
Euripide, Seneca, Grillparzer, Alvaro, Medea. Variazioni sul mito, a cura di Maria Grazia Ciani, Venezia, Marsilio, 1999, ISBN 978-88-317-7250-1 Literature

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5727
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joseph Tamagni, Coordinator