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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

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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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

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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

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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 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 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 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 3306 - Oral Expression & Conversation      

The objective of this course is to help students practice their conversational skills in Italiana 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, 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 and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

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 2014 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