Italian language (for international students)
- A.A. 2015/2016
- CFU 8
- Ore 40
- Classe di laurea LM-52
Knowledge of the Italian Language A1 (minimum), A2 (preferable).
The course is intended to train both Language and Culture skills, through an overall intercultural
approach, by constantly giving value to students' language and culture background, and by
broadening the use of English from a simple language of mediation.
The Italian language part aims at developing a pre-intermediate level of competence (A2). At the
end of the course students will be able to: understand sentences and frequently used expressions
related to areas of most immediate relevance; communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring
a simple and direct exchange of information on routine matters; describe in simple terms aspects
of his/her present and past background, immediate environment and matters in areas of
All language skills will be developed progressively complying with the specifications of The Common
European Framework of Reference for the expected language level and the students' learning
needs. Grammar will be treated in conjunction with vocabulary and language usage by an inductive
method. Interaction will be encouraged through real situations and an overall intercultural approach.
- making polite requests; describing and discussing daily routines, past and present events;
expressing feelings and agreement/disagreement; giving orders and suggestions;
- talking about one's family, identifying family relationships; comprehension of some oral and
written texts related to this subject and other topics related to Italian current culture. Knowlege of
some specific terms and expessions about family, society, and politics;
- asking for the prices; understanding some specific economic terms in Italian, reading and
understanding statistical data and simple surveys, reading and understanding some easy texts
related to the economic domain;
- talking about professions and discussing the working condition in Italy and in one's homecountry;
reading comprehension of texts related to this subject.
- the notion of Italy: nation-building and Italian ways of being;
- the 'question of the language' between national and local identity;
- 'Made in Italy' and the 'myth' of Italian fashion;
- family, work and economy in contemporary Italy;
- social issues: North vs South; immigrants and natives.
- 1. (A) T. Marin, S. Magnelli Nuovo Progetto Italiano. Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Vol. 1b (livello A2) Edilingua, Roma, 2010 » Pagine/Capitoli: units 6-10
- 2. (A) S. Nocchi New Italian Grammar in Practice Alma Edizioni, Firenze, 2015 » Pagine/Capitoli: chs. 8-10, 15, 16, 18
- 3. (A) Z. Baransky - R. J. West (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chs. 1, 3, 14
- 4. (C) B. Severgnini B. Severgnini, La bella figura: an insider's guide to the Italian mind Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2007 » Pagine/Capitoli: pp. 269
Attending students will receive extra learning materials with special reference to cultural issues: a course reader will be provided after the beginning of the course.
Non-attending students are requested to integrate the above-mentioned program with chapters 2, 7, 18 from Baransky & West 2007.
Active participation and out-of-class work will be strongly encouraged. Attending students will be
invited to cooperative tasks, research and in-class workshops and presentations on selected cultural