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Italian for Art Historians Level 1 (LFA00032L)

The course is open only to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the History of Art department

Prerequisites

Designed for complete beginners, this course has been commissioned by the History of Art Department to enable its students to eventually carry out research in Italian, as well as to maximise the benefits of future trips to Italy. In class, students will have the opportunity to do exercises and reading tasks in pairs or groups with guidance from the tutor.

Students will become familiar with the basics of the language and will start to develop specialist reading skills related to Italian Art alongside basic communication skills. In addition, students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge by continuing their studies of Italian language through an LFA Italian language course the following year.

The course is aimed at those with no prior knowledge or formal qualification in Italian language.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over three terms.

The module will be taught in mixed delivery mode: 1hr face-to-face + 1hr of guided asynchronous work completed by students who will receive regular feedback.

Aims

To enable Italian ab-initio students to develop language skills particularly relevant to the needs of art historians.

Objectives

At the end of the course, you will gain:

  • An ability to understand simple extracts from Italian travel guides or websites and passages related to Italian art history. This may include biographies, descriptions and analyses of works of art, catalogue entries and technical information about the properties of works of art and architectural structures;
  • A familiarity with grammatical structures and especially the verb tenses most commonly found in writing;
  • An ability to apply meta skills, such as dictionary skills, ability to recognise cognates, extract key information from passages in Italian and strategies to make sense of more complex texts;
  • Basic communicative skills (speaking & listening) to make the most of future study trips to Italy.

Teaching method

Alongside the class, students will be expected to spend around 3-4 hours each week on private study. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from the textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Textbook: The new Italian Project 1a (Libro dello studente + Quaderno + esercizi interattivi + DVD + CD) ISBN 978-88-99358-84-6

Time commitment

Alongside the class, students will be expected to spend around 3-4 hours each week on private study. Work outside class may involve tasks such as online language learning activities on the VLE, completing worksheets or exercises from the textbook, revising work done in class, practising pronunciation and learning vocabulary/grammar.

Assessment and certification

This course will be subject to end-of-year online examinations. An LFA certificate will be awarded to non-credits students.

Taking the course as a degree module

Under the university modularisation scheme, this course can be taken as a 20-credit degree module by Stage 1 undergraduate students.

To choose this module as part of a History of Art degree, please contact the Department of History of Art at history-of-art@york.ac.uk

Course fee (if taken on an extracurricular basis): £325 - University of York History of Art undergraduate / postgraduate students