Our Amici per sempre Program

Italian courses

Our Amici per sempre program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced Italian. As of Summer 2020, the program offers 4 modules for Beginning Italian Term I. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amici per sempre contains 3 sections: “Parole”, “Strutture” and “Vita!”.

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We have purposely avoided calling this section vocabulary, though it deals with words.

In every traditional textbook, the vocabulary section includes a list of words to be memorized, “learned” that students are responsible for memorizing. In Amici per sempre, words are not to be memorized but used, applied and played with.

As students work with Parole, they are in familiar territory. According to language experts, Italian and English share 60% of their vocabulary, with minor spelling variations in many cases. When the vocabulary is related to the sciences, the commonality rises to 90%!

Each Parole section includes from 10 to 13 tables or lists of words, totaling around 400 per module. Their relevance and reason for selection is related to their use in our Vita! section.

Students are asked to simultaneously read and listen to the words as they are pronounced by modeling voices, paying attention to their pronunciation and their meaning in English. Students are later asked to record after the modeling.  The drill of recording their voices as they pronounce hundreds of relevant Italian words, will also foment students’ oral production in a non-threatening context.

Formative assessment related to words will go from basic identifications in beginning Modulos, to more complex applications in future courses.

Individual, paired, group and full class activities and discussions enable further practice. Students are asked to participate in engaging exercises of identification, matching, definitions and more. Activities are visually engaging and communicative.

In conclusion, the Parole section of this class is the student’s sandbox for playing with Italian words and preparing for extended grammar practice in Strutture, and an amazing linguistic and cultural immersion in Vita!

The Amici per sempre program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Osserva…. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

Da notare… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amici per sempre Vita! section is dedicated to each and every Italian-speaking territories.

Naming this section Vita! (vs. cultura) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • È così… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Tutto su… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target region, from past to present.

  • Fatto in… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target region.

  • La nostra lingua is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Una finestra sull´Italia… readings introduce students to aspects of the Italian culture that are more general and common to the different regions presented.

  • The Per comunicare section focuses on functional uses of Italian.

  • In viaggio in… presents genuine landmarks and tourist attractions from the region.

  • Imparare… insegnando is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each modulo. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • La ricca cultura… highlights the different cultural values of the target region: Art, food, music…

  • La nostra musica… is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • …illustri is dedicated to highlight the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…

Our Amici per sempre Program

Italian courses

Our Amici per sempre program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced Italian. As of Summer 2020, the program offers 4 modules for Beginning Italian Term I. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amici per sempre contains 3 sections: “Parole”, “Strutture” and “Vita!”.

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The Amici per sempre program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Osserva…. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

Da notare… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amici per sempre Vita! section is dedicated to each and every Italian-speaking territories.

Naming this section Vita! (vs. cultura) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • È così… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Tutto su… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target region, from past to present.

  • Fatto in… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target region.

  • La nostra lingua is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Una finestra sull´Italia… readings introduce students to aspects of the Italian culture that are more general and common to the different regions presented.

  • The Per comunicare section focuses on functional uses of Italian.

  • In viaggio in… presents genuine landmarks and tourist attractions from the region.

  • Imparare… insegnando is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each modulo. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • La ricca cultura… highlights the different cultural values of the target region: Art, food, music…

  • La nostra musica… is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • …illustri is dedicated to highlight the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…

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