Instructor: Dr. Beatrice Arduini
Office Hours: by appointment
The course engages closely with contemporary Italian culture, with the aim of enabling students to operate comfortably in an Italian university or professional context. To this end, we will study a wide variety of audio, audio-visual, and printed materials that cover many aspects of Italian life, learning to comment (in writing and speaking) on those materials. Reading, listening, and speaking assignments will gradually gain in complexity. Through small research projects, we will build both an awareness of cultural context, and the ability to synthesize and explain complex information.
Develop reading skills in authentic materials
Develop writing skills for business correspondence
Begin to develop writing skills for discussing literature
Begin to develop skills of critical analysis
Continue to develop listening skills
Continue to develop spoken Italian
Continue to develop an awareness of defining cultural questions
Review finer points of grammar and style
Textbook and Instructional Materials:
Required: Bozzone Costa, Piantoni, Ghezzi, Nuovo Contatto B2: Corso di lingua e civiltà italiana per stranieri (Loescher, 2017).
Audio-visual materials are online via www.imparosulweb.eu