Chiara Torriani, beside teaching Italian at different levels, focuses her interest on teaching the language through the use of theatre. She has developed a course in which the students improve their language skills by writing the script of a play that they perform at the end of the semester.
foreign language acquisition, Italian Theatre, theatre performance in Italian, cultural activities
ITAL 1010 - Beginning Italian 1
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
The four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are progressively developed in a predominantly oral presentation. Grammatical concepts are explained and practiced through dialogues, written exercises, and conversations. The cultural focus is on the personal world and life of students. Degree credit not granted for this course and ITAL 1050.
ITAL 1020 - Beginning Italian 2
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
Continuation of ITAL 1010, with more difficult grammatical concepts explored. The cultural focus shifts to social and civic areas. Credit not granted for this course and ITAL 1050.
ITAL 2110 - Intermediate Italian Reading, Grammar, and Composition 1
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
Enhances the skills learned in the first-year course and develops greater fluency in understanding and speaking. More emphasis is placed on reading and writing through the use of activities featuring cultural themes that present a realistic portrait of contemporary Italy. Taught in Italian.
ITAL 3015 - Advanced Composition 1
Teaches students to write in Italian in a variety of genres, focusing on the creative aspects of writing. Exercises and themes are drawn primarily from current events and culture (i.e., blogging, journaling, essays and films), but also allows students to develop their critical skills in other areas.
ITAL 4500 - Italian Theatre
Spring 2018 / Spring 2022
Using theatre as a medium, this course helps students attain a higher level of proficiency in spoken and written Italian. Study of Italian theatre is integrated with acting activities and pronunciation exercises. Culminates in the production of a play. Performance is in Italian and the students participate in the writing of the script. Taught in Italian.