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ITAL 3151 - Beginning Italian      

This course is designed to introduce students to the grammatical structures and vocabulary necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics (e.g. family, daily routines, and leisure time) and negotiate basic survival situations (making travel arrangements, ordering meals, and making purchases, etc.). Language topics and functions are integrated into activities that emphasize all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with special attention given to speaking and listening. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of Italy is a crucial component of the course content. This course meets three hours a day.

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

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

*Required Texts
:

Percorsi: l'Italia attraverso la lingua e la cultura by Francesca Italiano, University of Southern California and Irene Marchegiani, SUNY - Stony Brook, Publisher: Prentice Hall

Workbook/Laboratory Manual to accompany ‘Percorsi’

Andreuccio da Perugia. Boccaccio (Easy Reader) Aschehoug/Alinea, 1972 LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3152 - Beginning Italian      

This course is designed to introduce students to the grammatical structures and vocabulary necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics (e.g. family, daily routines, and leisure time) and negotiate basic survival situations (making travel arrangements, ordering meals, and making purchases, etc.). Language topics and functions are integrated into activities that emphasize all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with special attention given to speaking and listening. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of Italy is a crucial component of the course content. This course meets three hours a day.

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

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

*Required Texts
:

Percorsi: l'Italia attraverso la lingua e la cultura by Francesca Italiano, University of Southern California and Irene Marchegiani, SUNY - Stony Brook, Publisher: Prentice Hall

Workbook/Laboratory Manual to accompany ‘Percorsi’

Andreuccio da Perugia. Boccaccio (Easy Reader) Aschehoug/Alinea, 1972

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3153 - Beginning Italian      

Goals/ Obiettivi: 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
 better your pronunciation
 basic discussion on some socio-cultural and political issues

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3198 - 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 encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

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

*Required Texts
:
Pronti …Via! by Daniela Meli, New Haven and London: Yale University Pres ISBN -0-300-10842-7

Student Workbook - ISBN 0-300-1084207

Le preposizioni a cura di A Chiuchiù, M. C. Fazi e R. Bagainti. Perugai: GUERRA EDIZONI, 1984. 88-7715-007-6

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3199 - 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 encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

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

*Required Texts
:
Pronti …Via! by Daniela Meli, New Haven and London: Yale University Pres ISBN -0-300-10842-7

Student Workbook - ISBN 0-300-1084207

Le preposizioni a cura di A Chiuchiù, M. C. Fazi e R. Bagainti. Perugai: GUERRA EDIZONI, 1984. 88-7715-007-6

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3200 - 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 encouraged to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening

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

*Required Texts
:
Pronti …Via! by Daniela Meli, New Haven and London: Yale University Pres ISBN -0-300-10842-7

Student Workbook - ISBN 0-300-1084207

Le preposizioni a cura di A Chiuchiù, M. C. Fazi e R. Bagainti. Perugai: GUERRA EDIZONI, 1984. 88-7715-007-6

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3304 - Italy Trends Lead Figures&Cult      

Important Trends, Leading Figures and Cultural Moments in Italy

The aim of the course is to analyze and discuss some of the most significant cultural moments in Italian civilization through a series of discussions and debates based on important trends, leading figures and controversial and classical topics. The students will have the opportunity to improve the conversational skills needed to express their personal views and to expose the materials read.

Required Texts: Profilo di storia italiana per stranieri. A cura di Paolo E. Balboni e Matteo Santipolo. Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2004. (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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3359 - Intro Study Italian Literature      

Introduction to Italian Literature

In this course we will read and discuss texts spanning all periods of Italian literature and exploring all major literary forms: poetry, prose (narrative and expositional), and theater (in prose and in verse). Students will gain an understanding of the sweep of Italian literature, while sharpening their reading and analytical skills, as well as their ability to express themselves in Italian.

Required Texts: Letteratura italiana per stranieri. Nuova edizione a cura di: Paolo E. Balboni - Anna Biguzzi. (ISBN 978-88-557-0096-2)

Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno. Italo Calvino. Milano: Mondadori. (ISBN 9788804375913)

Sottobanco. Domenico Starnone. Roma: E/O (ISBN 9788876411540)

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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3371 - Contemporary Italian Cinema      

Contemporary Italian Cincema: Urban Social Issues & Today's Youth

In this course we will examine ten recent films (features, documentaries and shorts) and four classics which present Italy’s most pressing social issues and their impact on adolescents and young adults in an urban context. We will compare thematic and stylistic approaches of the masters with those of today’s directors and analyze how social issues have changed from the 1960s to present. The major social issues under investigation will be: the migrant experience, life on the periphery, housing crisis, crime, pollution and precarious work. Regarding this last theme one week will be dedicated to women’s experience in the workforce. Readings will range from short stories, excerpts from books on history and film, newspaper articles, interviews, reviews, and diaries of filmmakers. Class meetings are designed to improve students’ vocabulary and conversational abilities on major social issues. Students will fine tune their writing skills by preparing short papers, and the course will include a group project / presentation that will focus on the world of cinema today (production, collaborative film projects, festivals, schools, archives, museums, regional film commissions, etc.) With guidance from the instructor, students in groups will also conduct one interview with a filmmaker, producer or festival director via email or skype.

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

Summer 2011

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ITAL 3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express      

Advanced Grammar, Composition and Oral Expression

This course enables students to construct progressively 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 presenting, debating and persuading.

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 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3415 - 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 commented 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 showings, and written compositions.

Required texts: Paolo E. Balboni, Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2008 (ISBN: 978-88-557-0096-2), Carlo Guastalla, Giocare con la letteratura, Firenze: Alma Edizioni, 2002 (Ean: 9788886440325)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, 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 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 6502 - Advanced Italian      

Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011

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ITAL 6601 - Stylistics      

Stylistics: Techniques of Composition and Interpretation

The aim of this course is to help the students to find their own Italian voice while speaking and writing in Italian. This endeavour requires daily practice and a particular attention to problems of stylistics. Through the analysis of different language sectors (i.e. journalism, business, sports, contemporary jargon) in class, the students will gain better understanding of the Italian language in its various uses. Assignments will include translations, linguistic exercises, descriptions, narrations, summaries, essay writing, book reviews and oral presentations. (1 Unit)

All assignments submitted by students and corrected by the professor will be included in the mandatory portfolio

Required Text: L. Craici, Parlare e Scrivere Vallardi 2007, M. Sassu Frescura, Interferenze lessicali italiano-inglese. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984). Recommended Texts: N. Zingarelli, Vocabolario della lingua italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli (latest edition); HarperCollins Sansoni Italian Dictionary. Inglese-Italiano, Italiano-Inglese. Firenze: Sansoni (latest edition).

Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011

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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

Kara Gennarelli, Coordinator
italianschool@middlebury.edu