- Global Careers
Italian is the official language of Italy, Città del Vaticano and San Marino; it is one of the official languages of Switzerland and the European Union. According to the “Europeans and their Languages” report (European Commission, 2012), it is the second most widely spoken mother tongue within the EU population, together with English. Italian is increasingly studied in the Mediterranean area and in the Balkans, and widely spoken in Albania, Croatia, Malta, Slovenia and Somalia. It is also a heritage language in Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Paraguay, Uruguay and USA. According to an international survey carried out by the Italian Foreign Ministry (Giovanardi & Trifone, 2010), it is the fourth most studied language in the world, because of its cultural and economic relevance.
Novice (Level I - offered only at SAIS Europe in Bologna).
This course aims to provide students with the language skills that will allow them to communicate and survive in everyday life. Daily vocabulary and basic structures will be introduced and practiced through relevant role-plays. This course focuses on oral communication to be used both inside and outside the classroom.
Intermediate Low (Level II)
This course aims to expand students’ basic language skills and vocabulary while reinforcing grammar. Students will also be gradually introduced to some professionally-relevant vocabulary and more complex grammar structures. By the end of this course students should be able to both inform and ask for information about familiar topics, ranging from personal experiences to public and social issues of daily relevance.
Intermediate Mid I (Level III)
This course is meant both to refine some of the structures acquired in the two lower levels, to introduce more complex discourse, and also to expose students to the vocabulary of current issues in international affairs. Typical classroom activities will include presentations of current events, and brief follow-up discussions. This course largely consists of language for specific purposes as defined by the students’ professional field of interest.
Intermediate Mid II (Level IV)
This course focuses on language for specific purposes as defined by the school's academic programs. Topics related to Italian, European and global politics, international relations and economics will be dealt with exclusively in Italian. Students will expand their vocabulary and improve their presentational and argumentative skills. The goal of this course is to make students independent users of Italian.
Intermediate High and above
After having reached the minimum proficiency level required for graduation purposes, students are encouraged to enroll in the more advanced courses, in which specialized language skills will be further expanded. Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and /or recordings from political speeches. Reading materials include feature-length articles on politics, international relations and current events. Writing and speaking skills will also be further developed while reinforcing accuracy and argumentative strategies. Typical classroom activities include simulations, debates and political discussions. The content is often tailored to the students’ professional needs (e.g., energy and environment, history, politics, etc.).
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Learning Materials (texts, audio-visuals, grammar and vocabulary exercises)
Noi parliamo italiano
L’italiano in famiglia
Centro studi italiani
Rai Edu ITALIANO, il grande portale della lingua italiana
Blog Intercultura Zanichelli
Cristina Mazzoni's home page, la grammatica italiana
TELELINEA lingua italiana
Logos - non solo parole
Italian courses in English
BBC – Languages - Italian
Did-ital Eduware – University of Toronto
Online Media News agencies
Main radio stations streaming
Main TV channels streaming
Rai news 24
Italian Hand Signals - Eurocosm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura