Benvenuti (Welcome) to the Italian Language Program at Northern Virginia Community College. We offer a variety of courses, from Basic to Intermediate level. At all levels, we emphasize student involvement and interaction, speaking and listening as well as grammar and written work. We include authentic materials in our classes whenever possible – from watching video clips to researching travel plans online, from reading newspaper and magazine articles to analyzing literary excerpts, from enjoying opera to discovering new popular music.
Basic Spoken Italian (ITA 103-104) is an ideal course sequence for students who have never studied Italian and would like to try it, for enjoyment, future travel, etc. In these courses, students learn practical vocabulary in basic conversational patterns. The structure of the language used in these conversations is explained in simplified terms.
By the end of Beginning Italian I and II (ITA 101-102), students will be able to use simple sentences in present, past and future tenses, performing such functions as identifying and describing themselves, their health and their activities, asking for and understanding basic directions, and making requests such as ordering food and drink.
Students who have completed Intermediate Italian I and II (ITA 201-202) add to the first-year skills increased speaking and writing, listening and reading comprehension abilities. They are able to express their opinions and doubts on such topics as the environment, politics and the arts, and can read certain literary texts.
We also offer Conversation in Italian (ITA 111-112). This series of courses, for those who have completed at least ITA 101-102 or the equivalent, furthers speaking and listening skills and cultural awareness.
Our Italian faculty offers additional special-topics courses from time to time, highlighting aspects of the language and culture, such as Italian through Cinema (ITA 198).
To help meet the needs of our working- and commuter-student population, ITA 101 and 102 are currently offered in both traditional format and Web hybrid format. Hybrid means that of the 5 credit hours, 3 (the hours listed in the catalog) are spent in the usual face-to-face classroom interaction, while the other 2 involve students working independently online. The activities often include grammar practice quizzes, but might also include culture study, viewing short videos online, or other internet-oriented tasks. The course format is a good match for those who don't have lots of time to spend in the classroom, but are motivated and mature enough to do 40% of their work independently rather than in class.
For sample course materials, additional contact information, and interesting Italian links, please visit www.nvcc.edu/home/banglin or call 703-933-3951.