About the course
This course is led by UBC faculty member Dr. Luisa Canuto.
The course is more intense than a standard Italian 101 course, with longer class periods and a number of visits around and outside Salerno. The intensity of our Italian 101 course is meant to help you familiarize with the language and the city in a relatively short amount of time, and to provide you with the advantages of the ‘immersion’ experience while in Italy.
This is a highly participatory class and you will, therefore, be asked to do many activities and exercises in pairs and in groups. We will:
- meet and get to know Italian native speakers
- make short presentations
- read dialogues and short readings
- review and practice fundamental grammar concepts
- discuss cultural aspects of Italian life
- practice real-life situations and visit Italian sites, using Italian as much as possible
During this course, you will substantially increase your comprehension and reading skills and develop your overall literacy and confidence in Italian to explore and get to know the city and Italian people on your own.
The schedule includes topics and learning activities per each class and the list of the different visits. Please note that times and other details may need to change depending on your learning process and also to accommodate possible scheduling conflicts.
Evaluation techniques will include a number of different methods such as:
- online assignments such as blogs and ePortfolio
- in-class practice exercises, exams, and quizzes
- preparation to field trips to explore the local Italian community
- short presentations
- structured face-to-face or online interactions with native speakers
- drama techniques