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This course is designed to provide students who have little to no background in Italian with the necessary skills to read and understand the language. Students will develop comprehension of texts from various disciplines including the humanities and the social sciences. The course will present the basic elements of Italian syntax, grammar and vocabulary and will emphasize reading comprehension, translation skills, recognition and collaborative learning. Other readings such as news articles revolving around current events, song lyrics, and other contemporary sources will be added.

Italian Departmental Goal I: General Linguistic Proficiency: Communicative and Intercultural Competence.

This course satisfies Core Curriculum Learning Goal: AH (q).

Area of Inquiry C: Arts and the Humanities.

Goal q: Understand the nature of human languages and their speakers.

Grade Distribution:Exams, 30%; Quizzes, 20%; Homework & Translations, 30% Attendance & Participation, 20%

Required Texts:

  • Mastering Italian Grammar (Barron's Foreign Language Guides); Barron's Educational Series; Bilingual edition: 2007; ISBN 9780764136566
  • Berlitz Italian Vocabulary Handbook, Berlitz Publishing, 2005; ISBN 9789812466945
  • Course Packet
  • Italian-English/ English-Italian Dictionary

Contact Us

Department of Italian
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
15 Seminary Place, #5105
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Voice (848) 932-7031
Fax (732) 923-7126

Sheri La Macchia, Administrator

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