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Italian 1 Language and Culture (Honors)

Italian is the mellifluous language of music and poetry. It is considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world, and so it is also enjoyable to learn and speak. This a beginning level Italian language course for students who have no prior knowledge of spoken or written Italian. The goal of this course is to build and strengthen students’ confidence, and increase enthusiasm and interest in learning the Italian language and culture. In Italian 1, students will work on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through an interactive, multifaceted approach. During class the students will be encouraged to participate in short conversations and to communicate with simple sentences. Upon completion of the course the students will be able to speak with a good pronunciation and intonation; ask and answer questions using short phrases; understand simple written sentences and paragraphs; and make short spontaneous presentations on familiar topics. Students will also learn about Italian culture and geography through special research projects each semester.
Grade 8: This high school credit course allows grade 8 enrollment. However, the rigor, pace, and workload are high school level and no accommodation is made for students who are not ready to work at a HS pace with HS standards of evaluation.
Alternating Years: This course is taught in alternating years with Italian 2 at the same days and times. Plan to start in Italian 1 in a year it is offered and continue to Italian 2 at the same days and times the next year. This course is offered next in 2024-25.