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Online Italian Language Courses and Classes Overview

Online Italian language courses are readily available for students in need of college foreign language credits and for individuals interested in leisure learning. Scheduled, virtual class meetings and additional software programs may be required.

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Online Courses in Italian Language

The descriptions below give an overview of some popular Italian language courses offered online.

  • Vocabulary Course: This class introduces the student to common words and practical phrases for basic communication in Italian. Vocabulary grouping may include greetings, pronouns, people, food, transportation, landmarks and emergency terms.
  • Writing Italian Course: This online course provides the student with instruction on identifying sentence components (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.), determining proper verb tenses and composing original sentences. Advanced Italian language courses require students to practice writing conversational Italian on a personal blog in order to further immerse them in the use of the written language.
  • Speaking Italian Course: Utilizing online audio programs, students practice both listening and speaking Italian. Using a combination of online videos and self-recorded dictation, students hear and speak the terms previously learned in vocabulary class. Professors may also use online chat software to evaluate a student's verbal communication abilities.
  • Italian Culture Course: This course introduces students to the culture and customs of Italy, including its history, holidays, landmarks and social customs. Students taking this course will learn how the language was formed and how it is used today.
  • Italian Language Through Opera Course: Designed for students interested in opera and the operatic world, this course pulls material and assessments from the Italian opera cannon, while still focusing on grammatical accuracy and comprehensive fluency. This course is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages.
  • Dante in Translation Course: This course will center around the Divine Comedy and other works. Topics include Dante's autobiography and various political and philosophical concepts of the late Middle Ages.
  • Speak Italian With Your Mouth Full Course: This course focuses on individual meals and how language is connected to Italian culture through food. Students can also learn about cooking Italian dishes in addition to engaging in conversational Italian.

Program Information

Some schools require students to obtain a free audio mixing software program, such as Audacity, to create mp3s for dictation assignments. Flash and Java software are required to view and hear videos. To help reinforce conversational writing, some programs require students to maintain a blog written only in Italian. Skype, another free online software, is commonly used for video-based student-professor communication and online chatting. Many courses are offered online for free, or students can take classes which are part of an undergraduate degree at the bachelor's level.

Online Italian language classes can be found as individual online courses, some of which are offered for free, or as part of larger undergraduate degree programs. Students can study topics like writing in Italian, vocabulary and Italian food.

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