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RLIT 101
Elementary Italian Fall 2020
Division I

Class Details

This course is designed for beginners. Its goal is to give students the opportunity to develop a basic oral/aural and reading/writing proficiency in Italian. During the semester you will be given training in grammar, pronunciation, aural-oral skills, reading and writing in Italian through the study of a wide range of communication patterns and real-life situations. At the end of the semester you will be able to use Italian to talk about yourself, to describe your family, your town, your friends and to discuss about your interests. You will also be able to talk in Italian about present and past events and to converse with your peers about your daily activities. Your listening skills will allow you to understand short dialogues and conversations, to watch clips from mainstream Italian films, and to write short compositions. Conducted entirely in Italian. This will be an online course, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Students will meet twice a week with me and once a week with the TA in small groups of 4-6 students.
The Class: Format: seminar; five hours a week with the professor
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2826
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, homework, compositions, quizzes, an oral exam, oral presentation, midterm and final exams
Prerequisites: none; not open to those who have had one year or more of high school Italian
Enrollment Preferences: instructor will prioritize on the basis of study abroad plans and year at Williams
Unit Notes: students registered for RLIT 101-102 are required to attend and pass the sustaining program during Winter Study; credit granted only if both semesters (RLIT 101 and 102) are taken
Distributions: Division I

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