Course Description

Course Name

Elementary Italian I

Session: VRMF3123

Hours & Credits

4 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Concurrent attendance in conversation classes.


  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Open to students with no previous training in Italian, the course aims at developing the communicative ability in order to satisfy a limited number of immediate needs necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, and a limited number of activities. Major emphasis is given to pronunciation, basic vocabulary and syntax, and to speaking ability and listening comprehension. The course also aims at building a grammatical foundation to develop further levels of proficiency, and introducing basic reading and writing. Cultural items explored during the semester include: Italian gestures, Italian cooking, the working world in Italy, youth and leisure time, and traveling.

*Course content subject to change