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Italian Summer Language Program

Grasp the language of the world's best artists. Comprehend the world's most beautiful poetry. Understand the recipes of the world's best food.  Learn Italian!  And fulfill your entire foreign language requirement in only 8 weeks.

The goal of the Italian SLI is translingual and transcultural competence, defined by the 2007 Modern Language Association Report as “the ability to operate between languages.”  In other words, SLI will prepare you to function as an informed and capable Italian speaker, to reflect on the world and yourself through the lens of another language and culture, and to relate to members of your own society who speak languages other than English.

You will leave the Italian SLI with an intermediate-level competence in Italian and can expect to handle everyday communicative tasks in the target culture, such as the exchange of basic information related to work, school, recreation, and personal information covering self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging.

Pedagogy and Philosophy

The Italian SLI is a near-immersion accelerated language program intended for students with little or no prior experience in the language.  The Italian SLI is unique in that all students sign a pledge to speak Italian only throughout the entire 8-week program.  All contact and communication in and outside the classroom is in Italian only from the first day of the program.  This near-immersion format will help you learn Italian more effectively while developing cultural and linguistic fluency.

At SLI we believe that language learning occurs most effectively in a student-centered classroom that offers practice of linguistic and cultural knowledge and fosters development of the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  In this model of learning, you’ll be actively engaged every day in learning, practice, and application of knowledge, while your teachers will be the facilitators of this process.  As students, you’ll be responsible for your own learning and the learning of the entire class, which is accomplished through hard work, a positive attitude, a willingness to take risks in learning, patience and tolerance for small setbacks, and compassion and helping others.