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GREENWICH UNIVERSITY

Italian Language Course

Description:

Italy is one of Europe’s most artistic and idiosyncratic civilizations with a captivating history and culture. You will receive a good foundation in both the language and cultural studies.

This is for you if… you want to become proficient in Italian with a comprehensive understanding of Italian culture as well as to continue developing an in-depth knowledge of Italian language.

Greenwich University School of Linguistics offers Italian language classes designed to fulfill national and International student’s unique needs.

Course duration:

1 ‘semester’ = 42 hours taught 3 hours weekly, +5 hours of mid-term and final exams.

Objectives:

  • Introduce the students to a language with Latin roots, similarities and differences from English and Urdu – Vocabulary and sentence Construction.
  • Give the students a basic knowledge of the most familiar words and phrases, and gain reading and writing skills, basic grammar rules and construction of the language, in order to be able to make contact and establish basic communication in an Italian environment.
  • Impart basic knowledge of the origin and history and influence of this language on the present daily life and academic culture. Learn the basics of this different culture, in order to understand and be comfortable with the language and this different environment.

Specific language Outcomes:

A) Listening skills: By the end of the semester, students can understand familiar words and very basic phrases concerning himself, the family, and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.

B) Reading: Can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.

C) Spoken interaction: Can interact in a simple way, provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help them formulate what he is trying to say. Can understand simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.

D) Spoken production: Can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where he lives and people he knows.

E) Writing: can write a short simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings, can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering name, nationality and address in a hotel registration form.

Scheme of Study:

  • Both inductive and deductive methods are used.
  • The size of the classroom, the time limitations and the nature of the subject lead more toward the deductive methodology, but effort is made, as much as possible to use the inductive method, whenever it is possible and useful.
  • The material is presented in class through lecture, and in the form or audio/visual aids. The basic text used follows the guidelines of the European standard for foreign languages. Given the limited number of allotted hours and the fact that the majority of the students have not had a previous exposure to the new culture, it is estimated that the average student can reach almost the level A1 of proficiency of the language.
  • The classes are presented in an interactive form, and are supported by educational pertinent audios, and videos for variety and for emphasis on the pronunciation.
  • In addition to this, the videos provide opportunities to learn practical tips, practical conversational situations and cultural information, that is complementary to the language skills in the text book order.
  • During the classes interactive role-play is used, group exercises for written and oral practice, and also reading out loud and dictation. When suitable games are used to reinforce the material, and add variety.
  • Students are encouraged to use complementary electronic media material available, for more in-depth and more interesting way of learning, although it is highly encouraged to seek the teacher’s approval, for content and accuracy.
  • Quizzes, written or oral are used in almost all lessons, some homework is assigned regularly, and 1 or 2 major Assignments that each student will discuss and correct with the teacher before completion are given to complete the course, and involve both written and oral presentations.

Culture and general knowledge: (taught through videos, and through the language classes)

  • Italian cities, history in very general lines, famous people of the past and the present.
  • Art and Economy and Italian words and brands famous in the world.
  • Food, daily and family life, habits, cultural mores and festivities.
  • Using formal and informal talk.
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