Italian

 

ITALIAN LANGUAGE STUDIES

Italian is officially spoken in Italy and in the Swiss canton of Ticino, but there are many communities around the world of Italian origin, specifically in South America, North America and Australia, where Italian is still spoken within the family. At the same time, Italy is a country well known for its natural beauties and its culture (almost 80% of the world art heritage is found in Italy) and the country is visited by millions of tourists every year. Worldwide interest in the study of the Italian language has corresponding increased in the last years.

The courses offered by the Language Centre are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students are expected to reach A1 (Breakthrough) level at the end of the Beginner level II course, A2 (Waystage) level at the end of Intermediate level I and to be well on their way to the B1 (Threshold) level at the end of Intermediate level II. Our courses are guided by communicative approach principles and are based on practical activities linked to everyday life requiring the use of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Particular emphasis is given to interactive communication, aiming to express socio-linguistic functions in real situations. In the Intermediate level II more aspects about Italian culture and history are introduced.

The general objectives of the courses are to enable students to communicate at different levels in a variety of contexts. Audio-visual materials and e-learning facilities are used in the courses to encourage students to practice the structures and topics learned in the classroom, to promote self-learning and auto-evaluation.

 

Course Descriptions

 

LAN 075: Italian – Beginners level I

The syllabus is structured according to the CEFR and the principles of the communicative approach. It involves practical activities that reproduce everyday life situations requiring the use of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
As a learning outcome, students will be able to understand and produce basic oral and written Italian, for the fulfilment of personal needs and interests, interacting in a simple way with Italians or during a visit to Italy. Particular emphasis is given to interactive communication, aiming at expressing socio-linguistic functions in real situations. Audio–visual materials and e-learning resources are used in the course.
 
LAN 076: Italian – Beginners level II
 
The syllabus is structured according to the CEFR and students are expected to reach A1 (Breakthrough) level at the end of this course. The teaching/learning process is communicative and based on practical activities involving the use of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The learning outcomes are for students to be able to understand a variety of written and oral texts and to produce written and spoken Italian using a simple syntax. A range of different situations will be presented requiring the exchange of everyday information and expressions. Audio–visual materials and e-learning facilities are used in the course.
Pre-requisite LAN 075 or equivalent
 
LAN 077: Italian – Intermediate level I
 
The syllabus is structured according to the CEFR and students are expected to reach the A2 (Waystage) level at the end of this course. The teaching/learning process is communicative and based on practical activities involving the use of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The general learning outcomes are for students to be able to understand oral and written Italian and to speak and write with some degree of fluency using basic grammar and lexical structures in a variety of communicative situations. Particular emphasis is given to interactive communication, aiming at expressing socio-linguistic functions in real situations.
Pre-requisite LAN 076 or equivalent
 
LAN 078: Italian – Intermediate level II
 
The syllabus is structured according to the CEFR. Students must acquire the ability to understand in general a variety of written and oral texts and to express themselves in written and spoken Italian using more complex syntactic structures. A range of different situations will be given for demanding both the exchange of everyday information and the expressions of personal viewpoints on topics previously discussed during the course. Audio-visual materials and e-learning facilities will be used during the course to encourage students to practice the structures and topics learned in the classroom, to promote self-learning and self-evaluation.
Pre-requisite LAN 077 or equivalent