In the cultural component students will study a range of literary texts and films significant within the socio-historical and literary Italian context. Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:
interact in most everyday social situations with confidence and fluency in their use of the Italian language;
vary the tone and register of the oral and written texts they produce;
read simply-structured literary texts or articles in newspapers and periodicals;
use monolingual as well as bilingual dictionaries;
understand the development of a range of literary texts and films, and
understand important aspects of Italian social and cultural history.