Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda

Italian School Faculty

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Lecturer and Coordinator of the Italian Language Program at Rochester Institute of Technology, DML, Middlebury College and candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree in film at RIT.

 

Courses

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ITAL 3251 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

An Introduction to Contemporary Italy

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Four Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Experts from the faculty and guest artists will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required texts:

Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2

Nuovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

LNG SOC

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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ITAL 3252 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

An Introduction to Contemporary Italy

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Four Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Experts from the faculty and guest artists will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required texts:

Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2

Nuovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

LIT LNG

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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ITAL 3253 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

An Introduction to Contemporary Italy

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Four Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Experts from the faculty and guest artists will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required texts:

Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2

Nuovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

Summer 2011

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ITAL 3301 - Grammar Composition&Conversatn      

This course aims at strengthening and developing the intricate linguistic competence that students must possess in order to decipher and produce various verbal codes. Special emphasis will be given to oral and written expression through a systematic review of complex linguistic structures. The mastery of grammar will be acquired through an intensive practice of a variety of exercises. Readings and discussions of special topics will culminate in the writing of short pieces of descriptive narrative and argumentative prose.

Required Texts: Una grammatica italiana per tutti. 2. Livello Intermedio. Roma: Edilingua (ISBN 9788877157850) - Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.

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

Students are also encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3419 - Modern Italian Filmmakers      

Italian History, Societal Changes, and Culture through Film Lens

This course provides an introduction to Italian history, societal changes, and culture through the Italian film lens. The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the often complex mechanism of Italian politics, the intriguing regional differences, and the cultural development that have shaped the Italian Republic. Through the screening of 12 films, this survey will study cinema from the 60s to the contemporary Italian film scene. A study on the representation of women in cinema will also be part of this study and the opportunity to visit the topic with our artist in residence Roberta Torre. It will be included also the study the role of film in Italian society as well as the unique artistic and technical achievements and obstacles for Italian filmmakers. Topics covered include:

1. Basics of Film Language;
2. Elements of Italian History with specific attention from the 60 to the present and including: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, Industrialization, Internal Migration, Northern/Southern Italy divide in a Global Context.
3. Social Context of the Italian Film Industry;

Students will write short essays, and will lead in class presentations and discussions. There will be one final paper and exams.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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