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Italian Language Courses and Training Programs

Italian courses and degree programs are readily available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as through continuing education courses, cultural center classes and study abroad programs. Read on to learn more about some of the common courses available in Italian.

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Essential Information

Italian language courses incorporate elementary, intermediate and advanced levels of linguistic study, focusing on speaking, reading, writing and listening. Additionally, several courses teach various aspects of Italian culture, such as literature and film.

Here are a few of the common concepts covered in Italian language courses:

  • Conversation skills
  • Text interpretation
  • Listening for vocabulary recognition
  • Presenting information
  • Writing in Italian

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List of Common Courses

Elementary Italian

Elementary or beginning Italian provides the foundation for further language study. The curriculum usually focuses on the four major disciplines of foreign language education: speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. These courses are taught in Italian and are typically offered over the course of an academic year.

Intermediate Italian

Also usually offered over the course of an academic year, an intermediate level focuses on refining and strengthening the skills gained in elementary Italian. The four foreign language disciplines continue to govern the curriculum, and students complete more intensive assignments, such as oral presentations, written compositions and the study of Italian texts.

Advanced Conversation and Composition

Advanced students are expected to develop and demonstrate full integration of Italian speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension in classroom conversation and written assignments. Cultural and historical aspects of Italian studies shape language assignments. This level of an Italian language program is the most variable by specific institution. Some colleges approach it as a traditional 2-semester advanced Italian course, while others offer advanced language study through Italian opera, film or even a creative writing workshop in a 1-semester format.

Italian Literature

Italian literature courses provide an overview of general trends in Italian literature, while other courses may focus on a specific theme, author, genre or style. Some schools offer in-depth Italian literature courses that can extend three semesters, covering a literary topic through different historical periods.

Italian Cultural Studies

Focusing on a variety of media, including news, films, music and literature, this course immerses students in Italian culture through reading and analysis.

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