ApplyVisiting Rome or Tuscany or heading to Venice for Carnevale? Sign up for an Italian class in the Rice Foreign Language Program.
Our Italian courses are designed to provide students with basic language patterns and practical vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational skills that will be especially useful in business or travel. All levels of the program include some attention to reading and writing, and highlight interesting aspects of the Italian culture. A minimum of five students is required to open a class.
Beginning-level students (I-IV) are taught the essential conversational skills used in everyday situations (restaurants, offices, stores, etc.). Intermediate-level students (V and VI) learn additional language patterns and vocabulary that will enable them to discuss more abstract ideas. Advanced-level students (VII and above) develop more sophisticated vocabulary and have ample opportunity to practice complex structures. They discuss newspaper and magazine articles and literary selections in class.
Students at all levels should plan on at least one and one-half hours of homework per class.