Italian Courses - Spring


The Italian Language Program offers the possibility of completing all MAT course requirements in Italian in three consecutive summers, or of earning credit for professional development or continuing education. The Program is designed for individuals already teaching Italian, but also is open to prospective teachers at the K-12 school level. Credits acquired through the Italian Language Program may be accepted for state certification. While not mandatory, teachers are invited to apply for the MAT after the successful completion of two Italian courses in the World Languages Institute. Details of the MAT program are available at the Department of Italian or its web site at


Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum

16560668.languageStrategies to Teach a Second Language (CR. 3)
T 4:30-7:10PM, AB-5050

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This course provides an analysis of the successful strategies used to effectively teach a second language, both in the traditional face-to-face class and online (synchronous/asynchronous and remote). We will begin by exploring the different theories and approaches to second language acquisition and then move to the ‘practical application’ of those theories. Students will develop the ability to critically assess current methods, materials, and techniques for teaching a second language. All strategies and methodologies are applicable to every language, so students from various language departments are welcome.

DH.classDigital Humanities Theories and Practice
W 4:30-7:10PM, AB-5050

This course will provide a practical and theoretical approach to the Digital Humanities, the computational humanities, and their intersections with the Public Humanities. Balancing practical guidance on tools and methodologies with modes for entering into the research of participants, the course will foster experimentation with and critical exploration of digital scholarship coupled with humanistic inquiry. We will have labs on Linux, multilingual humanities data, static websites, Python, and data visualization. With an emphasis on the historical literary humanities, we'll broaden our discussion to include current scholarship in the digital archives and digital pedagogy (especially within language and literature) to provide us with breadth for understanding the diversity of the field.

Walking in the MetropolisTopics in Italian Literature and Culture
Walking in the Metropolis (CR. 3)

T 4:30-7:10PM, AB-5050

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The seminar addresses the representation of walking in modern European culture, with special emphasis on Italian texts. Rooted in the everyday, in ordinary gestures, the experience of walking is pivotal to the shaping of our experience of place. Strolling relates to our most immediate way of staying in the world, examining, and describing it. In the wake of modernity, the new urban subjects have fashioned walking as a style of apprehension and appropriation of their surroundings. Through their “rhetoric of walking,” their choices of itineraries, passers-by devise their own maps of the city, appropriating its spaces. Walking has been prominently recorded in literature as a paradigm of a dynamic relationship with the outside world, often leading to detachment from the mundane sphere, and prompting reflection and introspection. This observation of our living space is culturally encoded and, with its shifts and transformations in the course of time, reflects changing attitudes and customs, highly influenced by social and economic factors. Walking through the city is also, and foremost, codified by gender, as demonstrated by the various models of flânerie, in which the sexual identity of the passer-by shapes the observation of urban space. Taught in Italian.

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