Italian Language and Culture: IT 198
IT 162 prior to the Intersession in Italy, or with IT 164 after the
Intersession in Italy, students will complete WCSU's language
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birthplace of the Renaissance and modern Italian language, the heart of
Tuscany, a symbol of Italian culture, a prime location for prestigious
fashion shops and offers some of the best street markets in the world,
not to mention the amazing delicacies! It is home to some of the best
museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and L'Accademia. In addition,
Florence is also a very convenient city to live and study in; a place
that is easy to navigate by foot.
WCSU's program is housed at the
Florence University of the Arts. The seat of the Florence
University of the Arts is located in the historic Palazzo Doni, just a
few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of
Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. During the
Renaissance period the Palazzo Doni housed famous works of art: the most
significant of these is Michelangelo's round painting, Tondo Doni, now
in the Uffizi Gallery. The Great Renaissance painter, Raphael, lived in
the palace while painting the portraits of the proprietor Agnolo Doni
and Maddalena Strozzi. A marble plaque marking his stay can be found in
the archway connecting the courtyard to the street thus sealing his
presence and artistic spirit within the walls of the present-day
Studying Italian in
Italy makes the learning process more natural and fun. This total
immersion-experience creates the ideal environment for learning.
Students are surrounded by that language - not only in the classroom but
in daily living situations.
Students will be housed in double rooms
in apartments in the city of Florence,
within walking distance of the Florence University of the Arts. Two
weekend excursions will be included in this
course, and students will have the unique experience of participating in
a hands-on cooking class with an Italian
chef. Every moment in Florence is a learning opportunity, a chance to
enhance linguistic skills and to increase culture awareness.
Patrizia Farina is a native of Italy. She holds a degree in Classical
Languages from Universita` degli Studi di Pisa (Italy) and is ABD from
University of Alberta (Canada) where she completed her course work
towards a PhD in Roman Archaeology. With over 20 years of teaching
experience both in Latin and Italian languages, she currently teaches
Italian at Western Connecticut State University.
Five intensive daily sessions in Danbury on
December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24
will prepare students for the immersion experience in
Italy: December 26 - January 12.
(Departure dates may change depending on the best available airfare
after all applications and deposits are collected.)