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Italian Language IV: Advanced

ITA202-203 - Italian Language IV: Advanced
Instructor: Chiara Ricchi / Roberto Fineschi

Course description
The objective of the intensive advanced course is to improve the student's knowledge of Italian Language so that his or her language skills will be completely proficient. The course utilizes an integrated communication method that puts the student at the center of the learning process in a cooperative relationship with the teacher. This perspective is based on a principle of negotiation of the course content and the teaching strategies between the teacher and the student. Grammatical theory will always be connected with the practical use of the language. The students will be taught not only the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process. All of the didactic materials used throughout the course, such as textbooks and multimedia devices, are in Italian. The three week intensive class is taught by a single teacher. During the semester, however, students will have the possibility to experience a joint and multilevel teaching approach: while one instructor will continue with the overall global learning process of the course, there will also be another class taught by a different teacher: the first class will focus on grammar reinforcement and in-depth study (including drills and practical exercises), while the second one will focus on conversation skills. Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to experience each of these classes, giving them a comprehensive and in-depth study of Italian language.

Prerequisites
Italian language 201

Contact Hours
Course meets 3/4 hours daily Monday-Friday during the first 3 weeks, then meets 2 hours Monday-Tuesday-Thursday for the remainder of the semester.
Total contact hours: 125. Suggested credits: 6. Course fees: €45

Course Objectives
Proficiency in oral and written communication. Increase of vocabulary. Use of idiomatic structures. Use of the complex structures of grammar. Familiarity with the most significant aspects of Italian culture.

Course Components
Lectures in class, group work, songs, videos, visits in town.

Readings
Claudio Manella, Antonella Tanzini, L'italiano da soli, Firenze, Progetto Lingua Edizioni
Paolo Mezzadri, Dizionario per immagini, Perugia, Guerra

Inctructors' contact
Office Hours: by appointment
email: office@sienaschool.com / r.fineschi@sienaschool.com

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