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Methods and levels

 

Methods and levels

Methods

The language courses are taught in Italian and follow a communicative approach. While grammar is introduced and learned, the emphasis is mostly on speaking.

Levels

Basic Italian 1
New Italian Espresso Textbook (Beginner & Pre-Intermediate) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 1 - 4. The grammatical structures include present tense of regular verbs and piacere, articles, nouns, possessive adjectives, demonstrative pronouns, and prepositions. Communicative goals include greetings and introducing oneself, asking for basic information, talking about professions, expressing likes and dislikes.


Basic Italian 2
New Italian Espresso Textbook (Beginner & Pre-Intermediate) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 5 - 7. The grammatical structures include present tense of some irregular and modal verbs, past tense, frequent irregular past participles, noun-adjective agreement, compound prepositions. Communicative goals include describing a city, following and giving street directions, asking and telling time, asking for info on accommodation, talk about past actions, and understand descriptions of past events. 


Basic Italian 3
New Italian Espresso Textbook (Beginner & Pre-Intermediate) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 8 - 11. The grammatical structures include present and past tense of reflexive verbs, future tense, conditional; possessive adjectives (family), partitive “ne”, direct and indirect pronouns. Communicative goals include describing and asking about one’s work routine, saying the date, talking about national holidays, describing a family tree, talking about one’s eating habits, understanding recipe’s instructions, talking about future actions, shopping for clothes and shoes.

 

Basic Italian Review
The grammatical structures include a review of the grammar learned in Basic Italian 1, 2 & 3, and combined with a basic conversation.

 

Intermediate Italian 1
New Italian Espresso Textbook (Beginner & Pre-Intermediate) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 12–15.  The grammatical structures include: imperfetto tense and past tense vs. imperfetto, progressive form (stare + gerund), regular and irregular imperatives, comparatives, superlatives, direct and indirect pronouns. Communicative goals include: describing past actions that occurred repeatedly, talking about one’s childhood, expressing wishes, understanding and giving orders.


Intermediate Italian 2
New Italian Espresso Texbook (Intermediate & Advanced) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 5–8. The grammatical structures include: present and past subjunctives; past perfect; combined pronouns; past conditional; agreement of moods. Communicative goals include: express hope, form hypotheses; invite someone to do something together; express one’s opinion; complain; express a preference; express emotions or moods; express a condition.


Advanced Italian 1 A 
New Italian Espresso Texbook (Intermediate & Advanced) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 9–12. The grammatical structures include: imperfect subjunctive; indirect/reported speech; passive voice; passato remoto and presente storico; subjucnctive + conjunctions; impersonal form of a reflexive verb; past conditional as future in the past; if clause (2nd type): possibility. Communicative goals include: Explain something; ask for an explanation; report another person’s words; express interest in something; give a suggestion; point out the advantages and disadvantages of a given condition; formulate hypotheses; express irony.


Advanced Italian 1 B
New Italian Espresso Texbook (Intermediate & Advanced) for English speakers, Alma Edizioni. Chapters 13–15. The grammatical structures include: modal and temporal gerund; third person plural as impersonal form; indirect speech in the past; indirect question; subjunctive trapassato; if clause (3rd type–in the past); past gerund, past infinite. Communicative goals include: narrate the life of a historical character; narrate a trip; ask an indirect question; report what others said; express disappointment; point out natural beauty of a place; express hypothesis in the past; reflect on one’s own learning.

 

Advanced Italian 2

This is an advanced course for students who have reached a high level of proficiency in Italian. This class will meet to read and discuss articles selected by the instructor. Students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge of the Italian language to literature and cultural and social topics.


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