Program Details

This course introduces students to Italian language and culture while taking full advantage of the site for a true immersion experience. By the end of the course, students will be able to express themselves in simple Italian on a number of everyday topics
Location:
Parma, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Students will learn the Italian sound system and the rudiments of vocabulary and grammar necessary for basic communication. The approach is communicative, meaning that while memorization and mechanical practice is required, the greater part of class time will be dedicated to practicing acquired knowledge in a conversational and contextualized atmosphere. We will also take advantage as much as possible of the city around us; it will become a tool for acquiring vocabulary and structures.

This course introduces students to Italian language and culture while taking full advantage of the site for a true immersion experience. By the end of the course, students will be able to express themselves in simple Italian on a number of everyday topics and have a good knowledge of aspects of Italy's current and classic culture.

The course covers all materials in Elementary Italian I at Boston College and enables students to enroll in Elementary Italian II. The nature of the immersion experience allows for a deeper grasp of the fundamentals of the Italian language and culture. During this course, students will become familiar with the basic elements of the Italian language and will be able to understand spoken and written Italian on topics in regards to Italian civilization and everyday culture. Through presentations and activities we will learn in particular about Italian geography, city life, food culture and the importance of family.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed with host families, likely in pairs with another BC student. Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily, and the program will include some additional group meals. Cultural Activities: Students will live with families where they will be able to practice their new skills in Italian during meals and social activities. For the course, students will participate in two tours on the city of Parma, cooking lessons in a typical Italian home and at a renowned cooking school, a class day-trip to a nearby city, a food and wine tasting event, a trip to a local market and sporting event, a welcome aperitivo, and a farewell dinner.
Cost:
Cost will be posted on the program site in December.

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