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Italian Course Descriptions

S A N T A M O N I C A   C O L L E G E   C A T A L O G   2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8

Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for Italian 1 and 2.

ITAL 1, Elementary Italian I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

Using the communicative approach, this course stresses the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases, and the ability to understand, speak, read, and write simple Italian. Using fundamental sentence structures in the present and past tenses, students practice speaking and holding simple conversations in class and writing compositions. Lectures and discussions are included covering the geography, customs, culture, and literature of Italy.

ITAL 2, Elementary Italian II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: Italian 1*.

This course is a continuation of Italian 1 and completes the elementary grammar. It includes the reading of simplified texts with emphasis on oral expression and further study of Italian history and culture.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school Italian.

ITAL 3, Intermediate Italian I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: Italian 2*.

This course is a review of Italian grammar with special emphasis on idiomatic construction and expressions. It includes the study and reading, in and out of class, of selected readings from Italian literature, along with an emphasis on vocabulary building.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school Italian

ITAL 8, Conversational Italian (2,2) 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
• Prerequisite: Italian 2.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire intermediate fluency in spoken Italian with an emphasis on natural, colloquial usage. New vocabulary and idiomatic phrases will be emphasized, and the students will hold conversations in Italian during each class.