Category Archives: COURSES

First year Italian: Options for 2016-2017

There are SIX sections of first year Italian to choose from, with a new format! Three hours in class, and one hour online activities! Still finding it hard to include Italian 1030 into your already busy academic schedule? Unable to make it to class during the day because you work, either part or full time? Take Italian as a night class, from 7-9 on Tuesdays, 7-8 on Thursdays (section 204 only):

Italian 1030: Italian for Beginners
Do you ever say ‘espresso’, ‘martini’, ‘cappuccino’, ‘al dente’, ‘pizza’, ‘bruschetta’, patio, ‘paparazzi’, ‘vendetta’, ‘stiletto’, adagio, ‘cantato’? Then you already know some Italian! And did you know that words such as ‘management’ and ‘bank’ derive from Italian? Join IT 1030, and have fun learning in class and online the language of Dante, Fellini, Bocelli, Pavarotti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Prada, Versace and the famous bankers from Florence, the Medici family! View syllabus


Looking for a new, innovative, and exciting way to learn Italian? Enroll now in this imaginative rethinking of first year Italian:

Italian 1033:Italian for Beginners and Our Italian-Canadian Stories
Next to a trip on the Italian Riviera, what could possibly be better than learning Italian while interacting with a paesano from London? Join Italian 1033! Through in-class/online course work and a community based project, you will learn the language of music, cuisine, sport, art, science and culture and develop the skills that facilitate community engagement while actively immersed in the vibrant local Italian community. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the building of a digital archive of stories collected through interviews with the local Italian-Canadian community or your own family. View syllabus



Western University Course Uses Video Games to Teach Italian Renaissance Literature

Western University Course Uses Video Games to Teach Italian Renaissance Literature 

PhD candidate Andrea Privitera uses role-playing video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry because he wants to show how Early Modern literature can be just as exciting as modern-day pop culture.

Italian 4400B (Winter 2016): Fourth Year Italian: Language, History and Culture


Explore some major aspects and periods of the history, literature and culture of Italy, while consolidating, refining and further expanding the advanced-level competence that you have built in the previous years. Learn how to express yourself in Italian with increasing accuracy and sophistication.

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Italian 3351A (Fall 2015): Renaissance Epic


Breathtaking duels and battles! Mighty warriors! Inescapable romances! Interplanetary journeys! The engaging stories coming straight from the Italian Renaissance are every bit as exciting as the latest Marvel movie or the next Star Wars episode. Join us in September, as we will explore the amazing worlds created by Boiardo, Ariosto and Tasso – just like you’d explore the world of your favourite videogame!

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Italian 3328F (Fall 2015): Masterpieces of Contemporary Italian Culture


You can’t build a thorough understanding of today’s global culture if you don’t have any familiarity with the literary treasures of modern and contemporary Italy. In this course you will be introduced to a number of Italian writers who have contributed to shape the way in which we have come to think of ourselves and the world in the past one hundred years or so.  The works of Luigi Pirandello, Eugenio Montale, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, Roberto Saviano, among others, will provide us with the literary platform to explore such topics as national and personal identity, memory, love, justice, crime. Discussion of a variety of novels, short stories, memoirs, plays and poems will allow us to reflect on the often fuzzy boundary between fiction and reality, as well as on the role of Italian writers in the evolution of literary genres and styles.

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