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Italian Language Classes

The principal aim of our program is to provide immediate communicative practice in Italian by combining elements of grammar with conversational opportunities and cultural information. Our small classes enable us to successfully strike this balance. Special attention is focused on the development of speaking and listening skills within authentic and meaningful contexts. As the student progresses, more opportunities to develop writing skills emerge.

Bellagio, Italy. Photo courtesy of Michael Pauley, CityU Community Education Specialist

Bellagio, Italy. Photo courtesy of Michael Pauley, CityU Community Education Specialist

Levels

Italian 1

By the end of this  session, participants will be able to function at a basic level in Italian. The class is conducted in Italian, but occasional clarifications of grammatical concepts and vocabulary may be made in English. Regular practice is provided in comprehension and authentic pronunciation, with a solid basis in fundamental grammar. By the end of this level, participants will have the skills to communicate in a wide variety of conversational situations including; meeting and greeting people, exchanging personal information, asking questions, traveling, eating, shopping, and discussing personal interests. Information about Italian lifestyles and regions are included in this course.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Italian 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Italian I or instructor’s permission.

This course begins with a brief review of the material covered in Italian 1 and is also appropriate for a person who has been away from Italian for a while but has retained very basic grammar and vocabulary. Grammar introduced at this level includes several irregular verbs, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, adverbs, the simple past tense, and negation. Emphasis is placed on development of fluency and vocabulary in the contexts of Italian culture and participants’ personal lives. By the end of this level, participants have expanded self-expression and are able to discuss opinions, plans, and topics in modern Italian culture.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Italian 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 2 or instructor’s permission.

By the end of this level, participants can expect to handle many basic conversational situations with fluency. The course discusses such topics as family life, leisure activities, travel, and Italian culture in greater depth than in Italian II. Basic grammar includes the imperfect tense, comparatives and superlatives, the future verb tenses, and additional irregular verbs. Vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and expressions of time continue to be developed, with increasing ability to discern subtleties in discussing the past and future.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Italian 4

Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 3 or instructor’s permission.

At this level, Italian grammar studied includes the pronouns “ne” and “ci”, imperatives, indefinite articles, ordinal numbers, the conditional verb tense, possessive and relative pronouns, and forms of negation. Participants also continue to develop vocabulary and to perfect fluency in diverse conversational situations. Discussions and readings focus on Italian culture including arts, religion, politics, and problems such as corruption and organized crime. At the end of this level, students will be able to express and ask opinions on a wide variety of topics.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Italian 5

Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 4 or instructor’s permission.

This course begins with an integrative review of the material covered in previous levels and then moves into a study of the remote past verb tense and the subjunctive. Discussion and writing topics include historical and current events in Italy as well as personal histories and plans for the future. The course also provides an overview of regional Italian cultures by means of interactive presentations. By the end of this level, participants will be able to actively direct conversations and initiate relationships in Italian.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Italian 6

Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 5 or instructor’s permission.

At this level, the remaining forms of the subjunctive are introduced as is the passive voice. An extensive review and overview of Italian grammar is then conducted to give participants a comprehensive understanding of the basic grammar of the language. Class discussions and activities emphasize active use of the language in different situational contexts including debates on current events, cultural exchanges, discussions relating to professional interests, and other areas determined by participant interest. During these discussions, continued vocabulary development, pronunciation, and fluency are stressed. Topics covered in the readings of this level include current events, comparisons of Italian and American lifestyles including discussions of stereotyping and prejudice, and Italian literature.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lazzarino, G., & Marcantonio, P. (2008). Prego!: An invitation to Italian (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.

Schedule

We are not currently offering courses in Italian. Please check back for updates.

Tuition

Class Type Cost per Term
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours (effective 7/1/2017)
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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