ITA102Y0 Practical Italian

A course specifically designed for students who wish to take Italian as a breadth requirement. Emphasis will be given to basic aspects of communication in a functional context. Class work will focus on speaking, project work and role playing, in order to encourage interaction and dialogue. Students will work on routine conversation on simple topics, on understanding information in Italian and on expressing themselves in familiar contexts in Italian, as well as on writing short texts on topics such as free time and life in Italy.

Prerequisite: none
Exclusion: 4U Italian or any previous university level Italian language course
ITA102Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field trips: TThis course includes excursions to Montepulciano, Pienza, Assisi, Perugia, San Gimignano and Volterra. The cost of these trips is CAD$495, paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, guides, all entrance fees and dinner in Monteriggioni.

Instructor: Manuela Scarci is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also the Coordinator of the Renaissance Studies Program (Victoria College). She teaches courses in language, translation, literature and culture. Her research interests are in the fields of Italian Renaissance, particularly the short story, and pedagogy. Some of her publications are in these fields. More recently, she has dedicated some attention to Renaissance women writers and the representation of women in the literature of early modern Italy. She is currently engaged in translating two Renaissance treatises on women and working on a new translation of Machiavelli’s Prince. Her other passion is opera. She worked for 12 years for the Canadian Opera Company teaching singers Italian and Italian diction. She continues to work as an Italian diction coach for the Opera Division in the Faculty of Music at the UofT.

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