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French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts

ITAL: Italian

Students with Italian 11 or 12 or exposure to the Italian language or dialects must consult the Italian undergraduate advisor for placement in appropriate courses. Some 400-level ITAL courses may be taken as ITST courses and be conducted in English (see details below). Students completing a Minor in Italian or an Honours program in Romance Studies must take such courses as ITAL and will be expected to do their reading and assignments in the Italian language. Supplementary tutorials in Italian will be provided as needed for such courses. Credit in ITAL will preclude credit in ITST and vice versa. Note: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a reference tool developed by the Council of Europe to provide a common basis for the development of modern-language curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. It describes in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to do so effectively.


ITAL 101 (3) Beginners' Italian I
Introduction to the essentials of Italian vocabulary, expressions, grammar and cultural life. Focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in everyday situations in the present tense. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.
ITAL 102 (3) Beginners' Italian II
Continuation of foundational elements of Italian language. Development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the context of everyday situations in the present and past tenses. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 101.
ITAL 104 (3) Italian for Singers
The study of the Italian language with the study of Italian lyric diction and musical culture; practice in translation, phonetic transcription and the performance of vocal music.
Prerequisite: ITAL 101.
ITAL 201 (3) Elementary Italian I
Introduction to complex language structures used to communicate in a variety of situations by using different tenses and modes. Enhanced ability to comprehend, interact and express wishes or feelings in common personal and social contexts. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 102. Or successful completion of CEFR Level A1.
ITAL 202 (3) Elementary Italian II
Expansion of fundamental notions and presentation of elaborate structures, present, past and future tenses and different modes. Enriched opportunities to explore Italian culture and develop intercultural skills. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 201.
ITAL 206 (3) Conversational Italian for Elementary Learners
Develop oral and intercultural proficiency while reviewing fundamental grammar structures and expanding vocabulary. Communicate to explore Italian culture. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 201.
ITAL 301 (3) Intermediate Italian I
Advanced grammar structures in context, lexical repertoire and cultural elements to further increase learners ability to communicate in most situations, including complex conversations. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.
Prerequisite: One of ITAL 202, ITAL 203, ITAL 206. Or successful completion of CEFR level A2.
ITAL 302 (3) Intermediate Italian II
Expansion of and reflection on the use of complex grammatical structures in context to broaden lexical repertoire. Enhances proficiency through written communication and discussion of relevant cultural topics. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 301.
ITAL 303 (3) Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period
A thematic approach to Italian literary works from the origins to the end of the sixteenth century considered in a broad cultural context. Alternates with ITAL 304.
Corequisite: ITST 231. Or permission of the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor in Italian.
ITAL 304 (3) d Italian Literature and Culture of the Modern and Contemporary Age
The development of modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture against the background of social and historical events. Alternates with ITAL 303.
Corequisite: ITST 232. Or permission of Departmental Undergraduate Advisor in Italian.
ITAL 325 (3) Italian Translation
A task-based introduction to the theory and practice of translation as applied to Italian and English texts: word choice, semantic correspondence, cultural adaptation, communicative purpose, target readerships. Languages of instruction are English and Italian.
Prerequisite: ITAL 202.
ITAL 342 (3) Introduction to Italian for Senior Students I
An intensive course in spoken and written Italian. Grammar, conversation, reading of literary texts. Prerequisite: proficiency in another Romance language or Latin. Not considered a third-year course for purposes of satisfying Italian program requirements.
Prerequisite: Proficiency in another Romance Language or in Latin
ITAL 343 (3) Introduction to Italian for Senior Students II
An intensive course in spoken and written Italian. Grammar, conversation, progressive reading of various texts. Prerequisite: Proficiency in another Romance language or Latin. Not considered a third-year course for purposes of satisfying Italian program requirements.
ITAL 401 (3) Upper-Intermediate Italian I
Continues building fluency, accuracy and proficiency at an autonomous level in spoken and written communication. Emphasis on culturally contextualized grammar structures and vocabulary, critical reading and discussion of a variety of texts. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 302. Or successful completion of CEFR level B1.
ITAL 402 (3) Upper-Intermediate Italian II
Hones language skills, deepens knowledge of vocabulary and grammar structures, and develops a higher level of fluency in writing, reading and speaking. Emphasis on contextualized grammar and vocabulary, critical reading and discussion of texts. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.
Prerequisite: ITAL 401.
ITAL 403 (3) Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy
A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: Vita Nuova, Convivio, Monarchia, Epistles. Precludes credit for ITST 413.
ITAL 404 (3) Italian Literature of the Middle Ages
Italian literature of the Middle Ages in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Dante and his contemporaries and/or immediate followers (may include Petrarch and Boccaccio). Precludes credit for ITST 414.
ITAL 405 (3) Topics in the Italian Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
Masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance in literature and the other Arts. Authors and artists studied range from Pico to Ariosto and Machiavelli, from Botticelli to Leonardo and Michelangelo. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 405 or ITAL 415.
ITAL 406 (3/6) d Topics in Seventeenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the Mannerist and Baroque age in their intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 406 or ITST 416.
Equivalency: ITST 416.
ITAL 407 (3/6) d Topics in Eighteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the age of the Enlightenment in its intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 407 or ITST 417.
Equivalency: ITST 417.
ITAL 408 (3) Topics in Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Italian literature of the 19th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITST 418.
ITAL 409 (3) Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITST 419.
ITAL 420 (3) d Special Topics in Italian Language, Literature and Culture
Course content will vary. May be taken twice for a total of 6 credits.
ITAL 430 (3) Italian Cinema in its Cultural Background
A survey of major films in their intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Auteurs may range from De Sica, Rossellini, Pasolini, and Visconti to Bertolucci, Rosi, the Tavianis, and Moretti. Precludes credit for ITST 432.
ITAL 495 (3) Research Intensive Seminar in Italian Literature and Culture
Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 495 or ITST 495.
ITAL 499 (3) Honours Essay
ITAL 501 (3/6) d Dante: The Minor Works
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 502 (3/6) d Dante: The Divine Comedy
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 505 (3/6) d Studies in the Literature of the Renaissance
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 507 (3/6) d Studies in Romanticism
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 508 (3/6) d Studies in Modern Italian Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 515 (3/6) d Topics in Italian Language
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 520 (3/12) d Italian Language and Literature
A maximum of 6 credits is available in any one topic. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 548 (3) Graduating Essay
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ITAL 549 (6/12) c Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

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