This is an introductory course in Italian that will open the door to the inner aspects of the Boot’s culture. Most of Italian social life revolves around close interpersonal relationships and attachment to places. Both aspects, for the good and the bad, shape an Italian’s day from the morning coffee to the late dinner at home and do affect an individual’s entire life. Through role play, music, film, videos, the internet, and with particular attention to advertising, you will plunge into Italian real life, understand its mechanisms, learn Italian sense of friendship, sense of humor and self-irony, passion for dressing and eating well, and the downsides of it all. You will study basic, Italian grammar. By the end of the term you will be able to carry out many everyday tasks in Italian and produce simple sentence-level discourse. Emphasis is on oral communication and performance. Introductory level. Conducted in Italian.