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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
Oggi in Italia textbook, chapters 13-15. The grammatical structures include conditional tense, double object pronouns, che and cui pronouns, subjunctive present of regular and irregular verbs, and comparative and superlative adjectives. Communicative goals include talking about politics and social and multicultural problems.

Advanced Italian 1 A 
Oggi in Italia textbook, chapters 16-18. Students will review the grammatical structures learned in Basic and Intermediate Italian and will be exposed to more sophisticated constructions. The grammatical structures include subjuntive past, imperfetto, and trapassato, present and past of progressive tenses, and preposition after verbs. Discussion of texts including literary works and magazine and newspaper articles will follow.

Advanced Italian 1 B
Students will review the grammatical structures learned in Basic, Intermediate & Advanced A Italian and will be exposed to more sophisticated constructions. Discussion of texts including literary works and magazine and newspaper articles will follow.

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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