Italian Conversation: Speaking with Style

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Course Information
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 

A deep interest in the Italian language and culture and a wish to improve understanding and oral performance


This course aims to give students a deeper understanding of Italian culture and language interaction with native speakers. Students will get a broader insight of the Italian language, being exposed to different communicative situations, stimuli and contexts, and being trained to react to them.

Attendance policy: 

Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend classes each day, including course-related excursions.

IES Abroad Milano allows a maximum of TWO excused absences per semester. Each further absence will automatically result in a penalty of two points off (2/100) on the final grade. SEVEN absences per course (including 2 excused absences) will result in a failing grade for that course. Furthermore, an absence on the date of scheduled tests, presentations or quizzes does not entitle you to recover/reschedule such tests. Failure to attend your midterm and/or final exam will result in an F grade on that paper/exam.

Method of presentation: 

Introduction to different communicative contexts, language training to react to each  situation  and  insight  of  cultural  reference.  Students  will  have  the  possibility  to  use  the  language interacting with native speakers from different backgrounds and experiences.

Required work and form of assessment: 

Discussions, dialogues, oral presentations, role playing interactions with native speakers and oral report of what is being learned and experienced.

30% attendance, 30% active participation, 40% midterm and final.


Focus of the lesson will be on spoken Italian and all the aspects that this includes:
•  verbal and non-verbal expressions
•  speech signals and linguistic behavior in spoken Italian
•  Italian gestures
•  body language
•  stereotypes

This language training and analysis will also give a better understanding of the Italian culture and will enable the students to get a step forward in the grasp of the language.