N.B. Course descriptions and required texts are subject to change.

Courses

Courses offered in the past four years.
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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.

Required Texts: PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014. Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646 LNG

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.

Required Texts: PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014. Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646

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

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

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 required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation and culture courses.

Required Texts:
PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014.
Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 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 required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation and culture courses.

Required Texts:
PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014.
Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 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 required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation and culture courses.

Required Texts:
PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014.
Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 3251 - Intro 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. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, 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
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 3252 - Intro 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. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, 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
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 3253 - Intro 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. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, 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
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 3301 - Composition and Grammar      

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 all the workshops offered in the evening and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 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 all the workshops offered in the evening for their level and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3306 - Int Conversation & Expression      

Intermediate Conversation & Metaphorical Expression

The objective of this course is to help students practice their conversational skills as well as their listening comprehension, oral expression and to begin to acquire a metaphorical understanding in Italian, 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, 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 Attualita’ e dintorni and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL 3310 - Intro Italian Culture & Lit      

Introduction to Italian Culture and Literature

The first hour of this course analyzes and discusses 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. In the second hour, students will 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)
Minchia di re. Giacomo Pilati. Milano: Mursia, 2004 (ISBN 9788842544203)
Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor

* Students are also required to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening for their level and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2015 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)

Minchia di re. Giacomo Pilati. Milano: Mursia, 2004 (ISBN 9788842544203)

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor

* Students are also required to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening for their level and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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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, including 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, Summer 2015 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, Non dirmi che hai paura di Giuseppe Catozzella – Feltrinelli -

* Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 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. In this course the screening of 12 films will compare thematic and stylistic approaches of the masters with those of today’s directors and analyze how the changes have impacted the nation from the After war to present. 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 Giovanna Taviani. It will be included also the study of the role of film in Italian society as well as the artistic and technical achievements for Italian filmmaking. With guidance from the instructor, students in groups will also conduct interviews with filmmakers and producers via skype or email.

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

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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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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