The study of Italian in the target language encourages students to gain a deep appreciation of the language, culture, and literature through active participation and meaningful experience with the culture on its own terms. Italian courses at Williams are therefore conducted exclusively in Italian in order to enhance and reinforce the emotive and cognitive involvement of the students as they are introduced to the Italian worldview in a lively and natural manner.
Students (of any level) interested in more contact with Italian are encouraged to attend the weekly Italian Table (Tavola italiana): in Fall 2023, it will meet every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Driscoll Lounge.
Every year our students choose to spend a semester or two in Italy under the auspices of accredited academic programs. Among the cities that have hosted them are Rome, Florence, Siena, Padua, Perugia, Bologna, Parma and Lecce. A number of students also opt for a January course in Italy. Additionally, some of our students have been awarded post-graduate Fulbright teaching assistantships and scholarships for further study and/or work in Italy.
RLIT 101(F) SEM Elementary Italian
This course is designed for beginners. Its goal is to allow students to develop basic oral/listening and reading/writing proficiency in Italian. During the semester, students will be trained in grammar, pronunciation, listening-oral skills, reading, and writing in Italian by studying various communication settings and real-life situations. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. [ more ]
RLIT 102(S) SEM Elementary Italian
This course is designed for beginners who already have some basic knowledge of Italian. Its goal is for students to review and expand their oral/listening and reading/writing proficiency in Italian. During the semester, students will continue to learn Italian grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation while improving listening-oral skills, reading, and writing in Italian. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. [ more ]
RLIT 105(F) SEM Pathway to Proficiency
The course aims primarily to enhance the student's speaking, reading, and writing ability while introducing the formal study of Italian culture and society by analyzing short literary texts, articles, films, shows, and podcasts. In addition, students will review and expand the previous semesters' grammar structures to achieve a higher level of fluency and sophistication in language production. Italian 105 is intended for study-abroad returnees and other advanced speakers; students who have been particularly successful in Italian 101-102 are also encouraged to enroll. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. [ more ]