ITAL - Italian

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course focuses on developing the student's ability to speak, to write, and to read Italian. Additional emphasis is given to learning about Italian culture. Instruction centers on oral communication, written communication, reading for comprehension, and cultural awareness. Writing and speaking are emphasized in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course focuses on developing the student’s ability to understand Italian sentences and frequently used expressions that relate to personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment. Oral communication is emphasized in simple tasks that require a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Writing is emphasized in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures. The course focuses on an intermediate level of reading, speaking, and writing in Italian.

  • This course focuses on developing the student's ability to understand Italian sentences and frequently used expressions that relate to personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment. Oral communication is emphasized in simple tasks that require a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, or conversation about personal interests or employment. Writing is emphasized in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures. The course focuses on an intermediate level of reading, speaking, and writing in Italian.

  • The intermediate course is designed to make the students able to understand the main ideas of complex text in Italian on both concrete and abstract topics (including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization) and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. The students will be able to make regular interaction with native speakers and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

  • Students will study Italian literature of the 20th century. Students will critically analyze internationally renowned literary texts in the Italian language. Authors include Luigi Pirandello, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Primo Levi, Salvatore Quasimodo, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio Montale, Pier Paolo Pisolini, Umberto Eco, and others. Students will read from these author's works and engage in a historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of them while determining techniques of composition.

  • Students will study Italian literature from the 17th to the 19th century. Students will critically analyze internationally renowned literary texts in the Italian language. Authors include Galileo Galilei, Carlo Goldoni, Giuseppe Parini, Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, Alessandro Manzoni, Giovanni Verga, and others. Students will read from these author's works and engage in a historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of them while determining techniques of composition. Students will be expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion.

  • This advanced course is designed to make the students able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; the students will be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously and use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. The students will be invited to produce clear and detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

  • Dante Alighieri is the most important Italian poet, the father of the Italian language, and the principal figure of Medieval Literature in Europe. This course will examine Dante Alighieri's La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) and some of his minor works such as La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and Il Convivio (The Banquet). Attention will be given to the Epistola a Cangrande della Scala (Letter to Cangrande della Scala) which is believed to be Aligheri's letter to his foremost patron.

  • Students will study Italian literature from the 14th to the 16th Century. Students will read and critically analyze internationally renowned literary texts in their original language. Authors include Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), Giovanni Boccaccio, Ludovico Ariosto, Torquato Tasso, Niccolo Machiavelli, and others. Students will read from these author's works and engage in historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of composition.

  • This advanced course will enable students to read and write Italian fluently. Students will work with a wide range of spoken and written sources. Students will concentrate on the analysis of texts for argument structure, and they will be expected to summarize and coherently present arguments in oral presentations. Student work will require an advanced level of spontaneity when writing and speaking; students will be expected to precisely differentiate nuances of meaning in complex situations.