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MLIT101 Elementary Italian I

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students with no previous knowledge of Italian or less than one year of high school Italian

This course is designed for students with no prior experience studying Italian or less than one year of high school study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in basic conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on practicing words, phrases and simple sentences using practical vocabulary and basic grammatical structures. Students will be exposed to basic cultural practices employed by native speakers in order to understand appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Italian culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to express basic needs and personal preferences and ask and answer simple questions both orally and also in writing.

MLIT102 Elementary Italian II

Prerequisite(s): MLIT 101 or one-two years of high school Italian

This course is designed for students who have taken one or two years of high school Italian or one semester of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on expanding vocabulary related to familiar and everyday topics and on how to speak about present and past events. By the end of the course, students will be able to express, ask about, and react to preferences, feelings, and opinions through a series of connected sentences both orally and also in writing. They will also be able to rehearse appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Italian culture.

MLIT201 Intermediate Italian I

Prerequisite(s): MLIT 102 or two-three years of high school Italian

This course is designed for students who have taken three years of high school Italian or two semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar topics. They will learn how to express, ask about, and react with some detail to preferences, feelings, or opinions on familiar topics by creating multiple, connected sentences both in writing and also orally. Emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary and building competencies to communicate in various time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level and make comparisons between different cultural practices related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.

MLIT202 Intermediate Italian II

Prerequisite(s): MLIT 201 or three-four years of high school Italian

This course is designed for students who have taken four years of high school Italian or three semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in sustained spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar situations at school, work, or play. They will learn how to exchange information on a variety of topics through the use of topic-specific vocabulary and a series of complex, connected sentences. Emphasis will be placed on increasing reading comprehension and written expression using grammatical structures in a variety of time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level, show an interest in basic cultural similarities and differences, use appropriate learned cultural behaviors, and avoid major social blunders.

MLIT205 Italian Language Immersion

With a theoretical and hands-on approach, this intermediate course offers the opportunity for students to increase all four language skills (aural-oral/reading/writing/grammar) while at the same experiencing the culture firsthand. Students will attend classes every day and, under the supervision of a Bentley Modern Language faculty member will visit various sites. These visits will offer students a chance to appreciate the history and culture of Italy. This course will fulfill the same requirements for the Modern Language intermediate course depending on language placement. Therefore, it can fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement, or LSM Global Perspective language courses, as well as Modern Language Italian minor requirements.

MLIT304 Italian for Cinema

Prerequisite(s): MLIT 202 or four-plus years of high school Italian

In this advanced course, students consider how Italy and Italian identity have been represented through films from the 1940s to today. Students are particularly encouraged to discuss these works on a historical, political, economic and cultural level. Major themes considered are: Fascism, the "Southern Italian" question, migration, la Dolce Vita and the economic boom, gender roles, the intellectual, immigration, and the fight against organized crime.

MLIT401 Directed Study in Italian

Prerequisite(s): Available upon request and approval of the Chair of the Modern Language Department

This course permits students to do special studies in language, literature or culture not offered as a departmental course.

MLIT402 Seminar in Italian

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor. Open to native speakers.

This course brings together advanced and native speakers of the same language to engage in the study of a selected topic using a critical lens of analysis.