Students who complete a major in Italian reach a level of proficiency corresponding to the profile defined in the ACTFL guidelines as Advanced High for speaking and writing and Advanced High/Superior for reading and listening.
They are expected:
- to be able to communicate fluently with native speakers and use the language in both everyday and formal situations on a wide variety of topics going from personal to abstract;
- to understand not only the main ideas but also deeper meanings expressed in a variety of textual genres and the pragmatic elements that characterize communication in those genres;
- to acquire a good grasp of sociolinguistic differences in Italy (for example to be able to clearly distinguish different registers, regional accents, and typical gestures);
- to choose the language register appropriate to different genres and forms of interaction;
- to understand the role of form (its politics and ideology) in each individual text and its evolution;
- to understand the relationship between a) the individual text and the genre it belongs to and/or transgresses; b) the individual texts and its broader context;
- to incorporate literary and critical theories in written assignments;
- to explore connections and understand the Italian literary and cultural tradition from past to present;
- to show familiarity with different theoretical approaches to literature and culture.