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 world-view in a lively and natural manner.
Students desirous of more contact with Italian are encouraged to attend the weekly Italian Table in the designated college dining hall.
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 101Elementary Italian
Last offered Fall 2019
This course is designed for beginners. Its goal is to give students the opportunity to develop a basic oral/aural and reading/writing proficiency in Italian. During the semester you will be given training in grammar, pronunciation, aural-oral skills, reading and writing in Italian through the study of a wide range of communication patterns and real-life situations. At the end of the semester you will be able to use Italian to talk about yourself, to describe your family, your town, your friends and to discuss about your interests. You will also be able to talk in Italian about present and past events and to converse with your peers about your daily activities. Your listening skills will allow you to understand short dialogues and conversations, to watch clips from mainstream Italian films, and to write short compositions. Conducted entirely in Italian. [ more ]
RLIT 102Elementary Italian
Last offered Spring 2020
This course is designed for beginners who have already some basic knowledge of Italian. Its goal is to give students the opportunity to review and expand their oral/aural and reading/writing proficiency in Italian. During the semester you will continue to learn grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, while improving your aural-oral skills, reading and writing in Italian. To achieve these goals, you will be presented with a wide range of communication patterns and real-life situations. At the end of the semester you will be able to use Italian to talk about yourself, your life, to describe your town and its history, your dreams and interests, and to express your opinion on complex topics. You will also be able to talk in Italian about present, past, and future events and to express doubts and hopes. You will be able to understand more complex conversations and clips from mainstream Italian films, and to write longer compositions. Conducted entirely in Italian. [ more ]
RLIT 105Pathway to Proficiency
Last offered Fall 2019
The course taught in Italian aims primarily at fine-tuning the student's speaking, reading and writing ability, while providing an introduction to the formal study of Italian culture and society through the analysis of short literary texts, articles, films, and plays. Students will review and expand the grammar structures learned in the previous semesters with the goal of achieving 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. [ more ]