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This course introduces students to the Italian language so that they can develop proficiency on a basic level. Language learning in this course will focus on elementary communication skills, basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be required to practice weekly speaking and listening skills in real time over the Internet with the instructor and the teaching assistant. Students should be available for 30 minutes for oral practices scheduled between 7:30-9:00 PM EST at least once a week or 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday. Special accommodations will be made for army students. This course also introduces students to the cultures of Italy and Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Students will learn about these cultures through a wide variety of resources: online resources, texts, videos and Podcast. Students will also investigate specific topics related to cultural themes (e.g., cheese and chocolate: a Swiss experience, “agriturismo” in Tuscany). Students who do have advanced knowledge of Italian can not take this course.
Important Note: this course was renamed effective the January 2013 term and was formerly offered as Introductory Italian: Language and Culture. Students who have successfully completed 221224 should not enroll in this course.
Note: This course incorporates web conferencing using Blackboard Collaborate. Students taking this course must have access to a computer that meets the minimum technological requirements which are described in the information for setting up Blackboard Collaborate. Before enrolling, students should know how to successfully use or have tested the web conferencing service on their computer. Students are encouraged to participate in ESC’s Blackboard Collaborate Student Training.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Foreign Language.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Foreign Language-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.
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