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Ital 301 A: Advanced Italian Language Through Contemporary Culture

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
THO 211
Beatrice Arduini

Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Dr. Beatrice Arduini


Class meeting: M W 12:30 - 2:20PM Thomson Hall (THO) 211

Office Hours: : MW 2:30 - 3:20PM Padelford Hall (PDL) C-249

Course Description:

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.

Course goals:

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

TalkAbroad Section Code: Ardui2021-774604 (The price for 2 15-min and 2 30-min conversations is $45 per student.)

Tentative Syllabus and Course Calendar:






(Sep 27) – Sep 29




Oct 4 – Oct 6

Pronti e Via!

Pronti e via!

TalkAbroad 1 [entro venerdì 8]



Oct 11 – (Oct 13)

Unità 1

No Class

Componimento 1 [bozza]


Oct 18 – (Oct 20)

Unità 1


No Class

TalkAbroad 2 [entro venerdì 22]


Oct 25 – Oct 27

Unità 1

Unità 2

Quiz 1

Componimento 1 [rivisto]


Nov 1 – Nov 3

Unità 2



Unità 2




Nov 8 – Nov 10

Unità 3

Quiz 2

Unità 3

TalkAbroad 3 [entro venerdì 12]


Nov 15 – Nov 17

Unità 3

Unità 4

Componimento 2 [bozza]


Nov 22 – Nov 24

Unità 4



Unità 4




Nov 29 – Dec 1

Unità 5

Componimento 2 [rivisto]

Unità 5

TalkAbroad 4 [entro venerdì 3]


Dec 6 – Dec 8

Unità 5

Quiz 3

Riflessioni conclusive

Componimento 3 [due Fri Dec 10]

*No Final Exam*

*Calendar may change*

Catalog Description: 
Advanced Italian language study through authentic cultural documents. Prerequisite: either ITAL 203 or ITAL 234. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 17, 2021 - 5:52am