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Italian language


The main aim of our Italian language and culture courses is to offer to foreign students, who don’t speak Italian, the basis of our language, grammar and vocabulary in order to teach them how to communicate in all situations of daily life. The courses will be organized in different levels, starting from a general introduction to Italian, focused on the study of the main structures of the spoken and written language and of most common uses.
This is a general introduction dedicated to beginner students and aimed at familiarizing with the acquisition of Italian language. Phonetics, the foundation of grammar structures and verbs are introduced with attention to their actual use in an authentic linguistic context.
To provide students with basic skills in understanding the spoken language through the use of an appropriate vocabulary related to specific situations
To acquire the basic structures to communicate
To be able to comprehend and write short paragraphs

  • To become aware of the basic structures of the grammar.
  • To be able to use the acquired grammar rules in authentic linguistic contexts.
  • To be able to ask simple questions and make simple statements.
  • To develop basic reading and comprehension abilities.
  • To be able to understand uncomplicated sentence-length and paragraph-length statements.
  • To develop basic writing abilities.
  • To build up an essential vocabulary.
The teaching approach is comprehension-based. Participation and team working ability are encouraged in class. The role of the language professor is not only to provide the students with information, rules and correction of mistakes but also encourage them towards a challenging linguistic experience. Priority is given to comprehension and language production.
Each lesson  must respect the following points:
  • General introduction to Italian language.
  • Main structures of Italian language.
  • Common uses and situations.
  • How to say/ how to translate.
During the course, the professor will check students’ level of comprehension and learning through written and oral tests and homework assignments. At the end of the course there will be a final written and oral examination.
Learning Italian with songs.
Watching Italian movies with subs.
Playing with language and words.
– Italian/English Dictionary;.
– Texts and exercises will be given by the professor during the lessons.
PROFESSOR Dr. Antonia La Torre 
 Antonia La Torre is a PhD Doctor in Contemporary Italian Literature. Currently she is a teacher of General Linguistics and Glottology for the bachelor degree in Translation and Interpreting and a teacher of Italian Language and Culture to foreign students. She is also teaching assistant for the courses of Theatrical Literature and Contemporary Italian Literature in the Department of European Linguistic and Literary Studies of the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Her research activities and her main publications deal with Contemporary Italian Literature . They are principally centred on the relationship between Literature and Cinema and in particular on the analysis and critique of the screenplays written by Cesare Zavattini and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Other research interests include the study of Dino Buzzati’s short novels (in collaboration with “Dino Buzzati” Archive), the presence and influence of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio in Pasolini’s Cinema, the role of poetry in the Italian review «Officina». She is also a Member of committee for the examination in Italian Language and Culture for foreign citizens and Italians living abroad of Contemporary Italian Literature degree course on-line, held on July 2008 by ICON (Italian Culture on Net) in consortium with University of Naples “L’Orientale”.




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