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Yale Summer Session in Siena: Intermediate Italian I & II + Culture

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Program Information

Location

Siena, Italy

Term

Summer

Dates

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020

Language

Italian

Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 & Hu distributional requirement

Structure

Study Center

Course Number

ITAL S130-S140 & ITAL S235

Credits

4 Yale credits

Instructors

Teresa Rossi    |   Sarah Atkinson    |   Simona Lorenzini  

Prerequisites

Yale College Applicants: ITAL 120 (Elementary Italian II), ITAL 125 (Intensive Elementary Italian), or placement exam into L3.

Other Applicants: Completed two semesters of college-level Italian and evaluated by the Italian Summer Program Director, Simona Lorenzini. Please contact Prof. Lorenzini (simona.lorenzini@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.

Description

This program includes both intensive language study, encompasing both semesters, ITAL S130 & S140, of Intermediate Italian, and cultural, with the course ITAL S235: Tuscany between Past and Present: A Literary, Historical, Cultural, and Geographical Journey in Tuscany (and beyond), while living and studying in the Tuscan city of Siena, engaging in travel and cultural encounters in Tuscany and Rome.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.

ITAL S235: Tuscany between Past and Present: A Literary, Historical, Cultural, and Geographical Journey in Tuscany (and beyond)

Known as the cradle of Italian language, Tuscany has always wielded a powerful influence on the imagination of artists, writers, poets, historians, scientists, and bankers well beyond its own regionality.
The course will critically discuss the Tuscan imagery, as expressed in literature, history, art, architecture, science, and folklore, with a special focus on Siena. The study material will include literary and historical readings, cinematic representations of Tuscany, in-depth tours of the city’s monuments and museums, as well as field trips to Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa, Volterra, and Livorno. Through a close analysis of different kinds of genres and authors, from poems to satirical magazines, from Giovanni Boccaccio to Dino Campana, the course will explore the richness of the Tuscan cultural history and its influence on the Italian culture tout court, as well as the emergence of the Tuscan language as the standard language of Italy.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.

Classes will be held Monday - Friday with the language course(s), ITAL S130-S140: Intermediate Italian I & II, meeting from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and the cultural course, ITAL S235: Tuscany between Past and Present, meeting from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There may be times when formal Friday classes are cancelled in favor of an excursion. Participants should expect about 2 hours of work daily outside of the classroom as well as program excursions and activities.

Budget

Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

Much of the course activity preceding and during the “days of the Palio” will be devoted to granting our students an insider’s experience of this spectacular and overwhelmingly emotional event. In addition to the trips to the Tuscan sites mentioned above, there will be an excursion to Livorno and a weekend stay in Rome.

Housing

Students will be housed with local host families in Siena, who will provide both breakfast and dinner. Living conditions and distance to where classes will be held will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.

Notes

The language courses (Intermediate Italian I & II) for this program will be co-taught by Teresa Rossi and Sarah Atkinson; the cultural course (Tuscany between Past and Present) will be instructed by Simona Lorenzini.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Siena on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.

Questions

For course content questions contact the Italian Summer Program Director, Simona Lorenzini. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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