Name: Fernando Oleas
Office: FO 3104
The Italian Program at Pierce College
Students are placed in Italian courses according to their years of previous study or according to comparable preparation in or outside the classroom.
In general, one year of high school Italian is equivalent to one semester of Pierce College work. Thus recent high school graduates with one, two, three, or four years of high school Italian will enroll in Italian 2 or 3. Proficient native speakers should enroll in Italian 4, 5, or 6. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Italian instructor or the department chair regarding their placement in a Italian class.
All Italian language courses (Italian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8) are primarily taught in Italian.
LANGUAGE: First year sequence (Italian 1 and 2)
By the end of the first year of Italian instruction at Pierce, students are expected to master the basic structure of the language and ability to converse on everyday topics as well as read and write at the elementary level.
LANGUAGE: Second year sequence (Italian 3 and 4)
During the second year, emphasis is put on gradually raising the student’s ability to speak, read, and write.
Italian 8 (Conversational Italian) is an ideal complement to Italian 3 or 4 since it seeks to develop oral proficiency through a review of Italian 1 and 2 grammar.
LANGUAGE: Advanced Level (Italian 5 and 6)
Courses at the advanced level focus on oral discussions and presentations, composition and analysis as well as appreciation of Italian literature and culture.
CULTURE: Italian 10 (Italian Civilization and Culture)
This course focuses on the study of Italian civilization in its many forms as well as on literary movements, sciences and arts with special emphasis on modern Italy. This course is taught in English.
Students are encouraged to participate in programs of study abroad during the summer or semester abroad program.
Italian is adapted to careers in international business or trade, telecommunications, fashion, the gourmet food industry, medical research, international law, diplomacy and the foreign service, aerospace technology as well as careers in the arts and humanities.
For more information on the Italian program at Pierce College, contact Prof. Damiano Marano at email@example.com