Elementary Italian

Each course is 1-month in duration and equivalent to a 4-credit semester language course.

Level One courses are for students with basic or no previous instruction in Italian. Each course is 1-month in duration and equivalent to a 4-credit semester language course. Based on the results of the proficiency test, students will be placed into one of the following courses:

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I – 4 credits
(Università level A2.1)

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II – 4 credits
(Università level A2.2)

ITAL 103 Elementary Italian III – 4 credits
(Università level A2.3)

Courses are based on the Common European Framework A2 (beginner). This program is taught entirely in Italian with the majority of the program taught at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, and 1-2 tutorial hours per week with the ISI Abroad Professors. Students may be placed higher or lower depending on the placement exam results and after consultation with professor.

All beginner students who have not studied Italian before or who have only a vague knowledge of Italian (false beginners) have direct access to the beginner’s course (ITAL 101) without taking an entrance exam.

The objective of the course is to train you to understand and create frequently used sentences and expressions related to environments of immediate relevance (for example, basic information on people, families, purchases, local geography, study, and work). In addition, you must be capable of communicating in routine situations, providing a simple and appropriate description of their personal experience and environment that refer to immediate needs.

Main Grammar Points covered in A2
Elements of phonetics, spelling rules, gender and number of nouns, determinative article, indeterminative article, adjectives in -a -i -e, verbs being and having, cardinal numbers, present indicative I-II-III: regular verbs, present indicative I-II-III: irregular verbs, modal verbs, reflexive verbs, main interrogative forms, simple prepositions, articulated prepositions, “ci” particle, regular past perfect, irregular past perfect, modal verbs in the past, adverbs of time in the past perfect, simple and compound future, possessive adjectives and pronouns, imperfect, introduction to the use of the imperfect, direct pronouns, introduction to the simple conditional.

Assessment & Grading
Final grades will be determined by your ISI Abroad professor and based upon attendance, participation, Universita’ per Stranieri exam grades, and final ISI Abroad exam (reading, writing, listening, speaking).

Monday to Friday: 3:00-3:50pm, 4:00-4:50pm

Optional Early local times
Monday to Fridays- 9:00am-9:50am, 10:00am-10:50am

Choice 1: Monday and Thursday: 17:00-17:50 and 18:00-18:50
Choice 2: Tuesday and Friday: 14:00-14:50 and 15:00-15:50

Optional Early local times for students
Choice3: Monday and Thursday: 11:00-11:50 and 12:00-12:50
Choice 4: Tuesday and Friday: 11:00-11:50 and 12:00-12:50

To be scheduled by Instructor and Student