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Italian Language III: Upper Intermediate

Italian Language III

ITA 103-201

Instructors: Chiara Ricchi, Roberto Fineschi

emails: office@sienaschool.com, r.fineschi@sienaschool.com

Course Description

The objective of the first level course is to introduce the student to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy. 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 be always connected with the practical use of the language. The students will not only be taught 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, focusing on conversation skills and projects (including interviews, and presentations that are all in Italian and based on interaction with native speakers). 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. 

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