Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Learning Outcomes for Italian Majors

The Italian Section offers multiple contexts for studying the language, with experiential opportunities for students in their individual areas of interest. While specific expectations will vary from student to student, according to their co-disciplines, the Italian section seeks to regularly gather and report concrete evidence on what students can do based on their program of study. Learning outcomes are focused on all four modalities go the language: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as knowledge of the Italian culture and the skills of collaboration and critical thinking.


a. Language Proficiency


  • Students can satisfy requirements of everyday situations.
  • Students can handle complicated tasks such as elaborating, critiquing, and apologizing.
  • Students can narrate and describe in past, present and future time.
  • Students can use communication strategies such as circumlocution and paraphrasing.
  • Students can support opinions and hypothesize.
  • Students can be understood without difficulty by a native interlocutor.


  • Students can understand most speech on a familiar topic.
  • Students show an emerging ability to understand complex discourse.


  • Students are able to  demonstrate good comprehension of written discourse in areas of special interest.
  • Students can understand  the main idea and some detailed aspects of complex or unfamiliar texts.
  • Students show emerging awareness of esthetic properties of language and literary style.
  • Students recognize the role of historical and cultural knowledge in understanding written texts.


  • Students can write on a variety of topics with significant precision and in detail.
  • Students can narrate and describe in past, present and future time.
  • Students can state their opinions and provide some support for their ideas.
  • Student can demonstrate ability to do basic analysis and research on a literary or cultural topic and present their findings in a research paper.


b. Cultures and Literature

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of Italian literature, cinema, history and culture.
  • Students can compare and contrast cultural practices as they relate to Italian and American culture and are able to generalize about the importance of understanding cultural differences.


c. Critical thinking and Collaboration

  • Students can demonstrate critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving through advanced task-based language activities.



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