Italian Course Descriptions

Courses offered at both the Poughkeepsie and Italy branch campuses

 Italian 201 Advanced Italian I

This course is intended for students who have completed the four foundation courses in Italian language at Marist (101, 102, 105, 106), as well as students new to Marist who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on the Italian placement exam. This course provides a thorough review and expansion of Italian grammar and the opportunity to further improve the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a current and pertinent cultural framework. Grammar points will be mastered through various spoken and written activities and reinforced by carefully chosen contemporary readings which illustrate them. Special attention will be given to idiomatic expressions which pose challenges to native speakers of English. This course will serve as a springboard for more advanced elective courses in Italian.

 Italian 250 The Civilization of Italy

This course will examine the ways both individual and collective identity have been shaped in Italy from the Middle Ages to the present by language, politics, literature, film, art, and fashion. In addition to studying cultural production, students will explore major events, movements and figures in Italy. While the course is organized chronologically, recurrent themes throughout Italian history will generate much of our class discussions.

 Italian 281 Italian for Conversation

This course will serve to improve conversational fluency in Italian. Students entering should have a good command of the fundamental structures of the language (present tense, past tenses, future, and the conditional and subjunctive moods), since grammar will not be taught formally, but only reviewed cursorily as situations warrant it. While the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be reinforced, particular emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking. Cultural readings and listening comprehension activities will provide stimulus for discussion. Through readings, presentations, discussions and role play, students will improve pronunciation and develop vocabulary that allows them to communicate on topics such as contemporary Italy, human relationships, the arts, history, cinema and music. Students will be required to give two oral presentations in Italian on topics related to Italian culture.

 Italian 282 Advanced Reading and Composition

This course is intended for students who have completed the four foundation courses in Italian language at Marist (101, 102, 105, 106), as well as students new to Marist who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on the Italian placement exam. We will concentrate primarily on honing two of the four language skills: reading and writing. Through short, frequent, and varied readings both literary (short stories, novels, poetry, plays) and non (newspapers, magazines), students will acquire strategies to improve comprehension and appreciation of diverse texts. Responses to readings, expressed through creative individual and group writing assignments, will serve to refine written expression. 

 Italian 477  Capping

This course is required for all Italian majors. It will approach a cultural topic concerning contemporary Italy in-depth. Students will expand upon course content through a required research paper and will give an oral presentation at a departmental seminar at the end of the semester. 

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