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ITA 21 — Italian Through Cinema

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Alessandra De Rose McCarty
Limit: 27
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Alessandra De Rose McCarty
Please Note: No class on November 20
This course builds comprehension and speaking skills through exposure to films that have played an important role in the Italian cinematic landscape of recent years. Three award-winning contemporary movies will be viewed and discussed: Cinema Paradiso, Loose Cannons, and Shun Li and the Poet. Using scaffolded instruction to aid students’ understanding of and appreciation for Italian language and culture on the silver screen, students will watch the films outside of class, devoting in-class time to helpful discussions surrounding key cultural and grammatical concepts. Movie clips and textual support materials will foster rich in-class activities to help students develop phrases and vocabulary for discussing specific issues of cultural and social relevance such as immigration, family, and cuisine. By the end of the course, students will understand spoken Italian with greater sophistication and begin to narrate their own experiences with greater ease, while developing a critical outlook and understanding of Italian society.

This second-year course is intended for students who have completed "Beginning Italian III" in Stanford Continuing Studies or its equivalent.

Alessandra De Rose McCarty, Lecturer in Italian, Stanford

Alessandra De Rose McCarty was born in Naples, Italy. She joined Stanford in 2005 and teaches Italian at all levels. She received an MA in economics from the UniversitĂ  di Napoli.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.