Learning Goals Upper Division Italian

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Italian Learning Goals for Upper Division Courses

30310 Textual Analysis and Advanced Grammar Review
30710 and 30720 Introduction to Italian Literature
4000 (Fourth-Year) Courses


ROIT 30310 - Textual Analysis and Advanced Grammar Review 

Skills

Most students will achieve at least Intermediate High in reading and listening comprehension; the course aims for Advanced. Students will be able to understand most points of extended speech and lectures (with some rephrasing and repetition) on a cultural/literary topics, begin to follow more complex arguments, begin to understand standard speech from various media, and begin to recognize nuances of meaning. Students will be able to read and understand a variety of short literary texts (with some time and effort), expand their vocabulary, and begin to recognize nuances of meaning.

Most students will achieve at least Intermediate High in speaking and writing; the course aims for Advanced Low. Students will be able to interact in informal discussions on cultural/literary topics, combine and link sentences into paragraph-length discourse, using various tenses, and be able to make arguments related to course content. They will be able to write short academic essays (1-3 pages) on literary/cultural topics (for example, summarizing the analysis of a text or artifact done collectively in class) with increasing accuracy and coherence, and begin to apply the analytic techniques and terms presented in class to new texts and artifacts. Students will have substantial control of simple target-language sentence structures, begin to demonstrate control of more complex structures, and be able to revise and edit their writing to improve its clarity, coherence, and correctness.

Students will be able to do a basic formal analysis of short but authentic texts in different genres (lyric poetry, novella, drama). For poetry this means being able to do a metrical and structural analysis of varied lyric forms (canzone, sonetto, ballata), including verse scansion, rhyme types, stanza types, formal structure. For the novella or short excerpts from novels, this means being able to apply the basic categories of narrative technique: space, time, narrative voice, point of view, character type, etc...). Students will be able to recognize basic rhetorical tropes and figures. They will begin to relate the analysis of texts to their cultural, social, and historical contexts.

Knowledge

Students will gain a more analytical knowledge of grammatical structures and terms, fill in the gaps in their previous study of grammar (e.g., passato remoto), and begin to have a more unified, comprehensive, and systematic grasp of the grammar as a whole.

Students will expand their vocabulary, through careful attention to the meaning of words as they function in texts. This course in part teaches the language through texts, while also teaching texts through the language.

Students will be familiar with the basic genres of literature (drama, short story, lyric poetry, novel, epic, etc...), with the key periods and movements of Italian history (medioevo, umane-simo, romanticismo, etc....) and some of the key authors and figures of Italian literature and culture.

Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural forms and artifacts within this course, including film, art, architecture, music, and media, as a complement to the analysis of literary texts, and to give a sense of the integral unity of culture,. They will gain a first introduction to some basic terms and techniques in the analysis of film, opera, and media.

The basic texts for the course are: Mezzadri, Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi (Guerra) for grammar; Balboni and Cardona, Storia e testi di letteratura italiana per stranieri (Guerra) for literary texts and basic historical/cultural context. These textbooks could well be supplemented: for example, by a short history of Italy, perhaps a short guide to Italian film and media, and perhaps a guide to grammatical terms and structures in English.

Dispositions

Students should develop excitement as they begin to discover the keys to how literature works and conveys meaning, as they become sensitive to music and rhythm in poetry, as they begin to grasp the profundity and complexity of allusion and meaning in film and other cultural artifacts. They should begin to feel literature, and each of the forms of culture (art, music, architecture, media, etc..) as part of an integral cultural context.

Students should begin to respond to beauty in literature and the other arts, and feel the power of literature and the arts to reveal deeper dimensions of life and experience, to make us more conscious of ourselves and our experience.

Students should feel that they are beginning to have ownership of a few literary text and cultural artifacts. They should begin to feel how language and literature and culture are one (for example, how literary techniques and tropes pervade all our language and thought).

Students should fall more deeply in love with Italy, with the Italian language, and with Italian culture.

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3000 Level Courses - Introduction to Italian Literature (ROIT 30711 and ROIT 30712)

Skills

Students in 3000-level “Introduction to Italian literature and culture” courses will typically have achieved advanced or advanced-low proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening by the time they undertake them. The majority of students will have achieved at least intermediate high proficiency in the four skills by the time they begin these courses. Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses achieving and/or consolidate advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

Students will typically have completed ROIT 30310 –Textual Analysis and Advanced Grammar before they undertake 3000-level introduction to Italian literature and culture courses. Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses refine and develop their analytical and critical thinking skills by applying them to a more challenging (both in terms of length and complexity) canon of primary and secondary materials than was studied in Textual Analysis.

Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses will be able to evaluate and interpret texts through a range of critical approaches (stylistic, historical, intertextual, etc.) and to assess the claims of competing interpretations.

Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses develop their capabilities for self-directed independent learning and research. In particular, they develop their literacy in the field of Italian literary and cultural studies by beginning to support their judgments with textual evidence, bibliographical research and relevant secondary sources.

Knowledge

Students will typically have completed ROIT 30310 –Textual Analysis and Advanced Grammar before they undertake 3000-level introduction to Italian literature and culture courses. Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses learn to identify major Italian literary, artistic, and cultural figures and their principal works; to demonstrate knowledge of different approaches, principles, and schools of literary and cultural analysis; to distinguish the principle characteristics of major trends periods and movements of Italian cultural history.

Students will also be able to situate literary works in the context of their historical, cultural, and aesthetic traditions; to demonstrate knowledge of significant historical events that have impacted Italian cultural history across the centuries; to analyze the role of culture, geography, society, history, politics, religion, and economics in the production of literature; and to consider the relationship between literature and the other fine arts, including architecture, art history cinema and music.

Dispositions

Students in 3000 level introductions to Italian literature and culture courses demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for the linguistic, ethnic, regional, religious and cultural diversity of Italy and its literary and cultural traditions.

Students are also able to reflect upon how cultural values can be traced across time and how these values shape perceptions, practices, and texts.

Students are able to consider how aesthetic categories and value judgments are historically determined; to reflect upon how the analysis of cultural texts encourages creative thinking and enhances one’s quality of life.

Students develop a heightened sensitivity to figurative language and imagery that may be applied to other context and become attentive to connections they might otherwise have overlooked.

Students adapt the knowledge and skill they have learned in these courses to new experiences and learning opportunities. They develop an appreciation for and life-long interest in Italian language, literature and culture.

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ROIT 4000 - (Fourth-Year) Courses

Skills

Most, but not all, students will have achieved Advanced Levels in reading and listening comprehension. Students will be able to understand extended speech and lectures (with some rephrasing and repetition) on cultural/literary topics, will be able to follow more complex arguments, will understand standard speech from various media, and will recognize nuances of meaning. Students will be able to read and understand a variety of short and long literary and cultural texts (with some time and effort; including stories, poems, films, novels and essays).

Most students will achieve at least Intermediate High in speaking and writing; the course aims for Advanced. Students will be able to interact in informal discussions on cultural/literary topics, combine and link sentences into paragraph-length discourse, using various tenses, and be able to make arguments related to course content. They will be able to write short academic essays (5 pages) on literary/cultural topics as well as advanced research papers (from 10 to 20 pages in length). Students will have control of simple target-language sentence structures, begin to demonstrate control of more complex structures, and be able to revise and edit their writing to improve its clarity, coherence, and correctness.

Students will be able to do advanced formal analyses of authentic texts in different media and genres (lyric poetry, novella, drama, novel, film, essay).

Knowledge

Students will gain a more analytical knowledge of grammatical structures and terms, fill in the gaps in their previous study of grammar (e.g., passato remoto), and begin to have a more unified, comprehensive, and systematic grasp of the grammar as a whole.

Students will expand their vocabulary, through careful attention to the meaning of words as they function in texts. Courses at this level, in part, teach the language through texts, while also teaching texts through the language.

Students will deepen their familiarity with the basic genres of literature (drama, short story, lyric poetry, novel, epic, etc...), with the key periods and movements of Italian history (medioevo, umanesimo, romanticismo, novecento, contemporaneo) and some of the key authors and figures of Italian literature and culture, including film.

Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural forms and artifacts at this level, including film, art, architecture, music, and media, as a complement to the analysis of literary texts, and to give a sense of the integral unity of culture,. They will apply basic terms and techniques in the analysis of film, opera, and media.

Texts for courses at this level will vary according to topic, theme, medium and authors. In recent years, 4000 level courses have included Italian Short Story, “Amori felici, e infelici,” Italian Opera and Politics, Cinema e letteratura, Pirandello, Italian Renaissance Theatre, Manzoni.

Dispositions

Students should develop excitement as they begin to discover the keys to how literature works and conveys meaning, as they become sensitive to music and rhythm in poetry, as they begin to grasp the profundity and complexity of allusion and meaning in film and other cultural artifacts. They should begin to feel literature, and each of the forms of culture (art, music, architecture, media, etc..) as part of an integral cultural context.

Students should begin to respond to beauty in literature and the other arts, and feel the power of literature and the arts to reveal deeper dimensions of life and experience, to make us more conscious of ourselves and our experience.

Students should feel that they are beginning to have ownership of a few literary text and cultural artifacts. They should begin to feel how language and literature and culture are one (for example, how literary techniques and tropes pervade all our language and thought).

Students should fall more deeply in love with Italy, with the Italian language, and with Italian culture.

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