Denise Caterinacci, Instructor of Italian
Italian Course Descriptions
ITAL 101. Elementary Italian I. 4 Units.
Introductory course; stress on mastery of the sound system and basic sentence structure of spoken and written Italian. Independent laboratory practice is a requirement.
ITAL 102. Elementary Italian II. 4 Units.
Continuation of ITAL 101; independent laboratory practice is required in addition to scheduled class meetings. Prereq: ITAL 101.
ITAL 201. Review and Progress in Italian. 4 Units.
Emphasizes language and culture. Review of Italian grammar and usage while studying written forms. Independent laboratory practice is required in addition to scheduled class meetings. Prereq: ITAL 102 or equivalent.
ITAL 202. Read and Discuss Italian Texts. 4 Units.
Focus on increasing proficiency acquired in elementary Italian and on mastering short narratives. Review of Italian grammar and usage through reading, conversation, and media. Independent laboratory practice is required in addition to scheduled class meetings. Prereq: ITAL 201 or equivalent.
ITAL 308. The Italian Experience. 3 Units.
A three-week summer study abroad course spent at a university in an Italian city well-known for its cultural and linguistic heritage and at other important sites during travel. Focus: Language immersion and processing of cultural experience. Main features: 1. Intense collaboration with an Italian university. Students interact with Italian peers; seminars are co-taught by Italian faculty. 2. Creation of an individual journal that synthesizes students’ perception of and reflections on their experience, records the progress of their final project, and documents their improvement in language proficiency. 3. Final project. Students meet M-F in a formal setting for advanced language study designed to improve proficiency in speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. They attend seminars on varied topics in literature, history, and civilization. Visits to museums, galleries, and attendance at cultural events are included. Prereq: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
ITAL 311. Conversation in Italian. 3 Units.
Focused on oral communication, ITAL 311 is designed to enhance listening/comprehension skills in Italian. Using audio-visual materials, students acquire the skills necessary to understand conversations between native-speakers and to emulate them. The situational and functional approach to the course facilitates progress towards advanced-level fluency in Italian. Prereq: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
ITAL 370. Special Topics in Italian Literature. 3 Units.
Special topics in Italian literature, literary criticism, and culture. Prereq: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
ITAL 399. Independent Study. 1 – 3 Unit.
The course is for students with special interests and commitments that are not fully addressed in regular courses, and who wish to work independently.