For those who have already taken a beginning course, Italian 1.5 introduces the past tense, reviews and introduces more frequently-used verbs, and studies adjectives. The course also treats expressive gestures you see Italians using, and important but little-known Italian songs & singers. Class work focuses on conversational patterns and in-class practice to prepare you to confront TIFU (The Italian in Front of yoU.
Tell mamma what you did
Mamma, ho visto il papa in pizzeria!
We'll concentrate on introducing and gaining facility with the Italian past tense, working with the most-frequently-used verbs (pretty much same 40 verbs in Italian 0.5) + 10 or so more. You’ll be writing postcards to your Italian friends after leaving Italy. Oral exercise will be both structured and spontaneous.
Honey, how can I describe that waiter of ours?
Quello? Molto bravo e simpatico
We’ll look at a batch of the most important adjectives, and how to use them, so that you’ll be able to stun others with your compelling descriptions of everything you see da Venezia a Palermo
Scusi, WHAT did you just say to me?!
Ma che fesso quello!
No, you don't want to use many gestures with the Italians, but you might want to know what they are gesturing to each other and about you behind your back. We'll examine a lot of common gestures, and what is commonly said along with them.
Ten famous Italian songs you’ve never heard.
Vengo anch’io! No, tu no.
We’ll listen to a number of important canzoni e cantanti
that have influenced Italy over recent decades, and study the lyrics for language learning. Included: Renato Carosone, Mina, Paolo Conte, Enzo Jannacci, Daniele Silvestri, Giorgio Gaber, and Eros Ramazzotti.
The course fee covers a Course Reader. Before registering, if you would like any more information, or if you have questions about your own level of Italian for the course, please contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once registered, students must email instructor to receive course materials before the first class. Additional info provided upon registration.