87704 - Italian Language and Culture Seminar (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (cod. 9220)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the seminar the student obtains good knowledge of the Italian grammar and good abilities of oral exposure and writing. The student is able to make appropriate linguistic choices in every kind of communicative situation. The student is be able to understand the academic Italian in realtion to the degree course and to actively participate during the lessons.

Course contents

The seminar is structured in the following activities:

- improvement of Italian grammar and language

- analysis of literary texts and essays

- improvement of the oral exposure (comprehension and production) 

- production of "professional" writings(self-presentation; letter of reference; institutional e-mail; presentation of cultural projects; papers and essays)

- comment and analysis of books, movies, shows and art exhibition


 Jhumpa Lahiri, Racconti italiani scelti e introdotti da Jhumpa Lahiri, Milano, Guanda, 2019.

To help, you can consult the English translation: Jhumpa Lahiri, The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories, Guanda editore.

Other materials will be supplied to lesson.

To whom needs italian grammar book and exercises: Danila Piotti, Giulia de Savorgnani, Elena Carrara, UniversItalia 2.0 - A1/A2, Firenze, Alma Edizioni, 2018.

Teaching methods

Lectures and workshops on different kind of texts, focusing on grammar and language.

Discussions about cultural topics.

Exercises of Italian speaking.

Traditional lectures and analysis of texts.

If it's possible, an educational visit in Bologna will be organized, to know directly some example of italian culture.

Assessment methods

Students are required to prepare each week the suggested material, so to contribute to class discussion.

The students will be asked to prepare a short paper about an Italian text/novel, according to specific formats. In addition to this, during the examination the students are going to demonstrate abilities of speaking in Italian language (A 2 level) and knowledge of texts and Grammar, analyzed during the lessons.

Teaching tools

Audio and video materials; traditional lectures; educational visits

Office hours

See the website of Annarita Zazzaroni


Quality education Gender equality

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.