Italian Language and Culture: Advanced

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Course Description

Benvenuti e Benvenute! (Welcome!)

Learn how to perfect your skills in Italian (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and by the end of this course you will be able to express opinions and hypotheses, and sustain an argument using a variety of registers. You will also expand your vocabulary to include topics beyond everyday conversation.

This language course offers a variety of tools that will help you learn in different ways:

  • Situational videos (called Ciak!, which means “clapperboard” in Italian): you will follow eight Italian students in their daily lives and interactions on our campus. What a great way to learn authentic conversational Italian!
  • Downloadable Podcasts: become a participant in each Ciak! video and practice Italian when and where you want on your portable device!
  • Grammar charts, with or without audio files: study and review grammar through concise, clear and downloadable pdf files, and practice pr...

Benvenuti e Benvenute! (Welcome!)

Learn how to perfect your skills in Italian (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and by the end of this course you will be able to express opinions and hypotheses, and sustain an argument using a variety of registers. You will also expand your vocabulary to include topics beyond everyday conversation.

This language course offers a variety of tools that will help you learn in different ways:

  • Situational videos (called Ciak!, which means “clapperboard” in Italian): you will follow eight Italian students in their daily lives and interactions on our campus. What a great way to learn authentic conversational Italian!
  • Downloadable Podcasts: become a participant in each Ciak! video and practice Italian when and where you want on your portable device!
  • Grammar charts, with or without audio files: study and review grammar through concise, clear and downloadable pdf files, and practice pronunciation with our embedded audio files.
  • Short video lessons: as if in a real classroom, learn each new topic with the teacher’s direct guidance.
  • Video interviews: learn from various native speakers as they talk about different aspects of Italian culture.
  • Short “Letture” (readings): practice reading comprehension while learning about aspects of Italian culture.
  • Discussion board: your chance to communicate (in Italian!) with other students on a variety of suggested topics.
  • Ready to test your skills? Practice and review with a variety of self-correcting activities.

Italian culture is also an integral part of this course. Through interviews and readings you will learn about:

  • the challenges that the Italian economy is currently facing;
  • the origin and nature of the Italian Constitution;
  • Italian environmental challenges and solutions;
  • the significance of Dante’s journey in the Divine Comedy;
  • the “Commedia dell’Arte”, an Italian theatrical genre;
  • Italian opera and its ties to the “Risorgimento;”
  • the origins of the Mafia;
  • the “Taranta” or “Pizzica”, a traditional style of music and dance from Southern Italy;
  • the recent immigration and the Italian citizenship law.

Whether you are a traditional, visual or auditory learner, you will find the tools that best fit your unique way to learn a foreign language.

This course has been successfully taught in different settings to more than 1,000 students: entirely online to Wellesley College alumnae and students, and as a mix of face-to-face and online instruction at Wellesley College and MIT. We are now proud to open it on edX, confident that your learning experience with this unique online course will be as enriching as it was for the many students who have already taken it.

Buono studio e buon divertimento!

So many things!  I loved it!  I really feel that this course exactly met my needs and surpassed my expectations. It was challenging and I learned so much, in contrast to other adult courses which tend not to be demanding or serious enough.”

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Juan Gabriel Mejia

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
Excellent course. Excellent teacher Very well structured, very well explained, very clear. The material (summaries of grammar, videos, interviews, evaluations, etc.) very well done and with sufficient explanation (so much that sometimes seems very long). I had already studied Italian on my own, reaching an intermediate level, so I wanted to do this course and it helped me a lot to obtain a higher level of Italian and an introductory knowledge of Italian culture.
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Patricia Frances Sandler

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Ive been studying Italian on my own for many years. I learned how to read and write it and also to speak it very well. However, I've always had some questions that even the excellent books from Perugia could not answer. That's why I took this course, because I want to take CELI, and because I had a fear of taking tests. This course was the answer to my prayers. I will continue to use the excellent explanations give by Prof. Bartalesi-Graf, alias Prof. Milani. I think that students of Italian at all levels can profit by following the course and using the self-correcting lessons to increase their competency and confidence. I plan on reviewing the Intermediate and Beginner sections so that I'll be able to listen to Prof. Bartalesi-Graf's explanations and tips.
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Jörg Kowalski

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
This is part 3 of an excellent course teaching Italian. After having completed parts 1 and 2, no question that I would also do this third part. Within not even 3 months I've learnt Italian, so that I'm now able to read many, partially difficult texts concerning different topics. The course contains plenty of rather useful videos presenting interviews with Italians of origin who talk about politics and Italian culture, arts, music etc. You can get really a good idea of how Italians live, how do they think, which are the current problems economically, socially, learn about the history of Italy and more, diversified and interesting clips and, what's most important as being integrated in a language course, they are well understandable as they present different facets of pronunciation. You can follow the content which matches the grammatical problems of each lession and see how they are implemented into the spoken language. All exercises... This is part 3 of an excellent course teaching Italian. After having completed parts 1 and 2, no question that I would also do this third part. Within not even 3 months I've learnt Italian, so that I'm now able to read many, partially difficult texts concerning different topics. The course contains plenty of rather useful videos presenting interviews with Italians of origin who talk about politics and Italian culture, arts, music etc. You can get really a good idea of how Italians live, how do they think, which are the current problems economically, socially, learn about the history of Italy and more, diversified and interesting clips and, what's most important as being integrated in a language course, they are well understandable as they present different facets of pronunciation. You can follow the content which matches the grammatical problems of each lession and see how they are implemented into the spoken language. All exercises are diversified as well, so that it is not a boaring task, on the contrary it makes fun and you can engross the thoughts very effectively. Each lession starts with an optimal grammar explanation and then is followed by several clips in which all grammatical problems are introduced, step by step, in a very clearly structured way, as if you are sitting in a classroom and listening to the teacher. Don't ask me how many times I've listened to them, only to internalize the Italian voice, pronunciation, syntax, to get the feeling for the grammar by listening to all useful examples. Last but not least, the support, i. e. the communication in case of questions, either according to language or technical problems is really remarkable! I've got some experiences in learning online foreign languages, but none of the till now finished ones made me feel so far the author's sensitivity while having prepared the course material for those details which learners really must get aware of. For me this one is not only an excellent course but the very best I've ever done! It should serve as an example for effective teaching of other languages. This course must be recommended! Thank you for that, Mrs. Bartalesi-Graf and your team!
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