The aim of this course is to provide students with a deeper and more detailed knowledge of spoken and written Italian. The course will focus on intensive oral work, reading and writing exercises based on literary prose texts, newspaper articles, authentic listening and reading materials. Literary texts and readings will widen vocabulary, reinforce grammatical topics and introduce topics for conversation. The course will introduce advanced grammatical structures and more complex vocabulary, through activities on word derivation.
Students who enter this level are able to accomplish everyday needs required to live in a new culture. In this course, students will begin to develop independence and autonomy so that, when communication does break down, they have some tools at their disposal to resolve these challenges independently. Students should welcome correction and guidance from their instructors, hosts, and others in the community as they progress.
By the end of this course, students will begin to converse at a rate of speed approaching normal conversation. They will start to become creative, spontaneous, and self-reliant as they solve problems, interpret texts, negotiate, and express their opinions, likes, and dislikes in the culture. Although students will still make errors and experience communication breakdowns, they are sometimes able to resolve these on their own. Students will understand some colloquial expressions and slang, and are starting to understand a wider variety of native speakers from different backgrounds.
By the end of this level, students will be capable of achieving the learning outcomes outlined below.