Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020)

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Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020)

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Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020)
The course Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020) is an online class provided by Wellesley College through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn the basics of the Italian language and culture through videos, podcasts, interviews, and much more.
Course description
Benvenuti e Benvenute! (Welcome!) In this language course you will learn the four basic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the context of major themes in Italian culture. By the end of the course you will be able to describe people, events and situations, both in the present and the past, and you will have acquired the necessary vocabulary to communicate about everyday situations. This course offers a variety of tools to help you learn “la lingua del sì” 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 instructor’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 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 our interviews and readings you will learn about: daily life in a small hill town in Northern Italy; major differences between Italian and American universities; Italian films that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film; summer vacations in Italy; Italian cuisine. 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.  After completing this course, continue learning Italian with Italian Language and Culture: Intermediate and Italian Language and Culture: Advanced. Buon divertimento!

Prerequisites & Facts

Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020)

Course Topic

Art and Culture, Humanities, Language

University, College, Institution

Wellesley College

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2019-2020)

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Wellesley College you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Topic: Art and Culture, Humanities, Language
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