ITA 01 — Beginning Italian
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Oct 2—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 4
Instructor(s): Giovanni Tempesta
Class Recording Available: Yes
Learn how to speak Italian and follow simple Italian conversations in this introductory course. Grammar will be introduced with a communicative, culture-based approach for beginning students, using a grammar book in English. In this course, students will learn how to understand and carry out simple conversations on everyday subjects such as work, personal interests, family, and friends. By the end of the course, students will know how to conduct simple transactions such as renting a car, making reservations for hotels and restaurants, and ordering food.
Giovanni Tempesta has been at Stanford since 1983 and has taught at all levels of language instruction. He is the author of the Italian grammar book Questa bellissima lingua italiana, impariamola insieme! He has also published an Italian translation of Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee and Other Verses, a collection of his own poetry in Italian, Acque, lutulente e chiare (Waters, Muddy and Clear), and a collection of short stories in Italian and English, A Cena con Fluffy (Dinner with Fluffy).
Lecturer in Italian, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Suzanne Branciforte and Elvira Di Fabio, PARLIAMO ITALIANO, A Communicative Approach, Fifth Edition (ISBN 978-1119146995)