Coursework: Italian 101 (3 credits)
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 Venice. 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:
- act out role-plays
- conduct simple interviews with Italian native speakers and
- 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 in Italian, and with the confidence to explore and get to know the city and Italian people on your own.
The schedule includes topics per each class, the list of the different visits, homework and when the tutors are expected to join us. 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:
- exams and quizzes
- structured face-to-face or online interactions with native speakers
- short presentations
- drama techniques
- online assignments such as blogs and ePortfolio
- field trips to explore the local Italian community