Italian for exchange students

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The School offers Italian language courses that are specifically designed for international exchange students spending a study period at Ca' Foscari University. 

Contacts

I semester 2022/2023

During the first semester of the 2022/2023 academic year, Exchange students at Ca' Foscari will be able to take Italian language courses at the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Each course offers a total of 80 hours and attributes 6 ECTS. Attendance is mandatory in order to be allowed to take the final exams.

Each course is made up of two modules:

  1. 30 hours of a general language module which covers sociolinguistic, structural, cultural and historical aspects of the Italian language, in line with the language level of the course
  2. 50 hours of language skills and grammar (speaking, listening, reading, writing)

During course registration, all students need to take a placement test in order to confirm their level, and will be registered for the course level according to their placement test results.

For the first semester of the 2022/2023 academic year, it has been confirmed that the following courses will be activated: 

General language modules

For students with no prior experience with the Italian language, especially for those who come from a non-European/Romance linguistic background. The course will cover elements of Italian culture and language communication, with a particular focus on vocabulary, and will strengthen some basic grammatical notions that are taught in the language practice classes. The course will be taught mostly in English.

Teacher: Silvia Scolaro

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 17:30-19:00 - Classroom: Aula B2, Palazzina Briati

For further information please see the course webpage (the programme will be available shortly).

For students who have some previous knowledge or understanding of the Italian language, and/or who have a good command of another Romance language. Compared to "SIE070-A Introduction to the Italian language A", the course will focus on developing more complex grammatical aspects which can be found in everyday conversations and short texts, and will draw attention to Italian language for academic purposes used in the classroom. The course will be taught in Italian where possible, supported by English where necessary.

Teacher: Silvia Scolaro

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45-17:15 - Classroom: Aula B2, Palazzina Briati

For further information please see the course webpage (the programme will be available shortly).

For students with a knowledge and understanding of the Italian language at an elementary level (A2 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will focus on theoretical aspects concerning register variation and the history of the Italian language, and will develop students' metalinguistic awareness through the examination of current topics of relevance, as well as examples taken from a range of different texts. The course will be taught in Italian.

Teacher: Francesca Pangallo

Schedule

  • Monday, 15:45-17:15 - Classroom: Aula 13, San Sebastiano
  • Thursday, 15:45-17:15 - Classroom: Aula 12, San Sebastiano

For further information please see the course webpage (the programme will be available shortly).

For students with an intermediate knowledge and understanding of the Italian language (B1 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will give a general outline of the crucial moments in the history of the Italian language, and will examine contemporary Italian language and linguistic variability. Increasing attention will be drawn on the structures of academic and specialized texts, written in a formal register. The course will be taught in Italian.

Teacher: Elisabetta Lombardo

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45-17:15 - Classroom: Aula 13, San Sebastiano

For further information please see the course webpage (the programme will be available shortly).

Language practice modules

Teacher: Elena Ballarin

Schedule

  • Tuesday, 10:30-13:00 - Classroom: Aula B1, Palazzina Briati
  • Friday, 10:30-13:00 - Classroom: Aula B2, Palazzina Briati

Textbook: Dieci A1 - Orlandino E., Naddeo C.M. - Alma Edizioni, EAN: 9788861826212; oppure e-book: EAN 9788861826779

Teacher: Anna Toscano

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, 10:30-13:00 - Classroom: Aula 13, San Sebastiano
  • Thursday, 10:30-13:00 - Classroom: Aula B2, Palazzina Briati

TextbookDieci A1 - Orlandino E., Naddeo C.M. - Alma Edizioni, EAN: 9788861826212; oppure e-book: EAN 9788861826779

Teacher: Barbara Bonadio

Schedule: Wednesday and Friday, 8:45-11:15 - Classroom: Aula B1, Palazzina Briati

TextbookDieci A1 - Orlandino E., Naddeo C.M. - Alma Edizioni, EAN: 9788861826212; oppure e-book: EAN 9788861826779

Teacher: Sarah Zilio

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-13:30 - Classroom: Aula 12, San Sebastiano

TextbookDieci A2 - Orlandino E., Naddeo C.M. - Alma Edizioni, EAN:  9788861826335; oppure e-book: EAN 9788861826793

Teacher: Anna Toscano

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-13:45 - Classroom: Aula 13, San Sebastiano

Textbook: Nuovo Contatto volume B1 - R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni - Loescher, ISBN:9788858308653; oppure e-book: ISBN 9788857719399

Teacher: Elena Ballarin

Schedule: Monday and Thursday, 11:30-14:00 - Classroom: Aula Tutorato, Palazzina Briati

Textbook: Nuovo Contatto volume B2 - R. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni - Loescher, ISBN:9788858308660; oppure e-book: ISBN 9788857719405

How to register

Eligible students

  • Erasmus + exchange students
  • Overseas and other interuniversity exchange students
  • Double and Joint degree students

Registration

Eligible students will receive an email from the Incoming Mobility office with details on how to register (through an online form). Once you have registered you will then receive all necessary information about the course before classes start.

N.B. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

  • In order to complete registration, all students must take the online placement test (see below). Once we have your placement test result, you will be assigned to the correct class.
  • Students who attend an intensive summer Italian course at the School for International Education are not required to take the placement test.
  • Registration for Introduction to Italian Language A and B will be limited to a maximum number of students per class. Priority will be given in order of having filled out the online registration form. 

Placement Test

To take the placement test please visit the SIE Moodle Platform online and log in with your Ca' Foscari Enrolment number ("matricola") and password, and enter in the access code (sent by email and present in the Placement Test Guide below).

N.B. The test is progressive, that is it tells you your compatibility with the level of Italian language you are testing for. If you get over 70% in A2, for example, you will then proceed to test for your compatibility with a B1 class, but if you do not get over 60% at the B1 level, you should actually be placed in an A2 class. 

For more information see the Guide below.

Schedule and classrooms

The courses will run from September 26th until mid-December 2022. Italian language classes will be held over 8 weeks, whereas Language Practice will take place for 10 weeks. Classes falling on public holidays will be moved to a different date.

Attendance is mandatory: students who do not attend classes in the first 2 weeks of the course will be withdrawn, and their place will be given to any waitlisted students.

Schedule

Exams

Exams will take place approximately between November 22nd and December 10th 2022. N.B. There is only one exam session. It is not possible to repeat the exam at a later date. Only students who have attended at least 80% of classes of both modules will be able to take the final exams (general language 30 hours + language practice 50 hours).

II semester 2022/2023

During the second semester of the 2022/2023 academic year, exchange students at Ca' Foscari will be able to take Italian language courses at the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Each course offers a total of 80 hours and attributes 6 ECTS. Attendance is mandatory in order to be allowed to take the final exams.

Each course is made up of two modules:

  1. 30 hours of a general language module which covers sociolinguistic, structural, cultural and historical aspects of the Italian language, in line with the language level of the course
  2. 50 hours of language skills and grammar (speaking, listening, reading, writing)

During course registration, all students need to take a placement test in order to confirm their level, and will be registered for the course level according to their placement test results.

N.B. The courses will only be activated if they reach a minimum number of students. Students are strongly advised to frequently check this page for any updates.

Module 1: General language module

A1 level students have a choice for their general language module (30 hours). Students can express their course preference during registration.

  • SIE070-A - Introduction to the Italian language A: communication and culture

    • For students with no prior experience with the Italian language, especially for those who come from a non-European/Romance linguistic background. The course will cover elements of Italian culture and language communication, with a particular focus on vocabulary, and will strengthen some basic grammatical notions that are taught in the language practice classes. The course will be taught mostly in English.

  • SIE070-B - Introduction to the Italian language B: structures, forms and meanings

    • For students who have some previous knowledge or understanding of the Italian language, and/or who have a good command of another Romance language. Compared to "SIE070-A Introduction to the Italian language A", the course will focus on developing more complex grammatical aspects which can be found in everyday conversations and short texts, and will draw attention to Italian language for academic purposes used in the classroom. The course will be taught in Italian where possible, supported by English where necessary.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will be assigned an A1 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

N.B. Beginners and absolute beginners spending the full year at Ca' Foscari who wish to take Italian in both semesters are advised to take SIE070-A (with A1) in the first semester, followed by SIE070-B with A2 in the second semester.

Module 1 - General language

  • Students at the A2 level will take SIE070-B - Introduction to the Italian language B: structures, forms and meanings:

    • For students who have some previous knowledge or understanding of the Italian language, and/or who have a good command of another Romance language. Compared to "SIE070-A Introduction to the Italian language A", the course will focus on developing more complex grammatical aspects which can be found in everyday conversations and short texts, and will draw attention to Italian language for academic purposes used in the classroom. The course will be taught in Italian where possible, supported by English where necessary.

Module 2 - Language practice

  • Students will take an A2 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

Module 1: General language module

  • Students at the B1 level will take SIE071 - Italian language pre-intermediate B1

    • For students with a knowledge and understanding of the Italian language at an elementary level (A2 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will focus on theoretical aspects concerning register variation and the history of the Italian language, and will develop students' metalinguistic awareness through the examination of current topics of relevance, as well as examples taken from a range of different texts. The course will be taught in Italian.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will take an B1 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

Module 1: General language module

  • Students at the B2 level will take SIE072 - Italian language Intermediate B2

    • For students with an intermediate knowledge and understanding of the Italian language (B1 is required). Along with grammatical issues, the course will give a general outline of the crucial moments in the history of the Italian language, and will examine contemporary Italian language and linguistic variability. Increasing attention will be drawn on the structures of academic and specialized texts, written in a formal register. The course will be taught in Italian.

Module 2: Language practice

  • Students will take a B2 language practice class (50 hours) that has 2 x 2,5 hour lessons per week (5 hours per week).

How to register

Eligible students

  • Erasmus + exchange students
  • Overseas and other interuniversity exchange students
  • Double and Joint degree students

Registration

The instructions on how to register for these courses will be available soon. Please check this webpage for any updates. 

Other opportunities to study Italian language at the SIE

Students can also register for standard Italian language classes which are organised three times a year and offer a special discount for Exchange students. Please note these courses do not provide credits (ECTS).

Last update: 05/12/2022