Gaia Capecchi

Italian School Faculty

 
 Sunderland Language Center

Laureata con lode in Lettere moderne presso la facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Firenze. Since 2000, she has taught Italian, History and Geography.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ITAL3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express      

Advanced Grammar and Composition

This course enables students to progressively construct a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) in order to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing. Concurrently, students will review fundamental grammatical structures and principles through numerous and varied exercises. Oral expression in all its aspects will be practiced in this course, including presenting, debating and persuading.

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

Required Texts: Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni ISBN: 88-7715-454-3
Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni, Esercizi supplementari e test ISBN: 88-7715-452-7.

Summer 2013, LS 7 Week Session

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ITAL3415 - Survey Italian Lit & Culture      

Survey of Italian Literature and Culture

This course is an introduction to Italian literary texts illustrating the cultural and socio-political history of Italy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will acquire knowledge of how Italian literary texts reflect in a profound way Italy’s social, cultural, economic and political history. The major works of representative Italian authors and literary movements will be presented in time progression, discussed and analyzed in their cultural, historic and political contexts. The readings will serve as a starting point for conversation aimed at improving the students’ ability to express themselves with accuracy both in speaking and in writing. The study of literature will also provide a basis for analyzing in greater detail the evolution of the Italian language as used in literary texts. The study of Italian literature will be carried out through class readings and discussions, some video, and written compositions.

Required Texts: Paolo E. Balboni, Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2008 (ISBN: 978-88-557-0096-2).

Grimaldi, Il mare che c’è, Edizioni Ghenomena, 2016 (ISBN: 978-88-95857-251)

* Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation

Summer 2013, LS 7 Week Session

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ITAL6503 - Written and Spoken Italian      

Written and Spoken Italian

The course will concentrate specifically on grammar and style. Through analysis of various grammatical components, the student will acquire greater comprehension of Italian language and its varied uses. This study will be supplemented by reading and analyzing texts by great authors of Italian literature with attention to linguistic structure and stylistic themes. The student will also be required to write essays in which they will demonstrate their understanding of textual analysis and linguistic interpretation. The course aims to supply students with the tools to find their voice in spoken and written Italian while utilizing extraordinary examples from Italian Literature. (2 Hours - one credit) - Course required for all new graduate students.* Language & Stylistics

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6550 - Language & Stylistics      

Studies in Language and Stylistics

Designed to develop oral and written proficiency at the advanced level, this course meets daily for two hours: one hour dedicated to the study of morphological and syntactic patterns and structures, and one hour to oral expression. Through the analysis of
different language sectors (i.e. journalism, business, sports, contemporary jargon) in class, the students will gain a better understanding of the Italian language in its various uses. The aim of this course is also to help the students find their own Italian voice while speaking and writing. This endeavor requires daily practice and particular attention to problems of stylistics. (Two hours).

Note: This course is obligatory for all first-time graduate students except those exempted on the basis of a placement examination. Students scoring low on the placement test are be required to take 3407 without graduate credit and cannot apply to the Florence Program in Italy.

Required Texts:
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C1, Mondadori education 2010, ISBN 9788800208505
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C2, Mondadori education 2011, ISBN 9788800208512
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6578 - Made in Italy:Food/Fashion/Des      

Made in Italy: Cuisine, Fashion, and Design

The course aims to illustrate the character of Italian cultural identity concentrating on three aspects: cuisine, fashion, and design. Students will study the period following the Unification of Italy through the present day and will consider the formation and development of culinary traditions throughout Italy with an emphasis on the developing relations in trade, agriculture and immigration between Italy and the modern world. Developing trends in Italian fashion will be considered through the trade of artisanal products and industrial production as well as contemporary leading artisans. The movement from applied arts and serial production will be studied in design and observed in historical turning points. The aim of the course is to analyze objects, artists and historical periods that raised Italy to a global level of excellence while creating the phenomenon known as "Made it Italy". Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6651 - Culinary Cult & Ital Identity      

Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of the Culinary Culture and Italian Identity

The course describes the history of food in Italy throughout the centuries. The course will also analyze the formation of different regional traditions. The historical, cultural and linguistic culinary traditions will be illustrated by a series of pertinent documents. Special attention will be dedicated to the relationship that existed between the New World and Italy, and the reciprocal exchange of products and recipes. In addition, the course will examine the effects that the Italian immigration had in North America, especially on the American culinary experience.

Required Texts: Rebora, La civiltà della forchetta, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2000, 206 pagine - Euro 9.00
John Dickie, Con gusto, Ed. Laterza, 2007.
Capatti - Montanari, La cucina italiana: storia di una cultura, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2005, - Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6781 - Italian Fashion      

The scope of this course is to provide basic knowledge and critical tools for understanding the phenomenon of Italian fashion. Through chronological and thematic readings, various stages of the history of fashion and costume will be presented from the Middle Ages to today. In showing the transition from the atelier to mass production, fundamental issues will be discussed and illustrated through readings and study of iconographic documents. Special attention will be devoted to the last century to show how certain elements of Italian identity are also linked to a phenomenon such as fashion, seemingly ephemeral and in constant evolution

Required Texts:
-Sofia Gnoli, Un secolo di moda italiana 1900-2000, Roma, Meltemi, 2005, ISBN 978-88-8353-428-7
-Moda. Storia e storie, a cura di Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Giorgio Rielli, Elisa Tosi Brandi, Milano, Mondadori, 2010, ISBN 978-88-6159-490-6
-Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Breve storia della moda in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011- ISBN 978-88-15-25300-2 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 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
italianschool@middlebury.edu