The Department of French and Italian

Dylan Gilbert

M.A. in Italian Studies, B.A. in History of Art and Architecture and Russian, Middlebury College

Assistant Instructor, Graduate Student
Dylan Gilbert


  • Office: HRH 4.166
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4, any other time on Zoom by appointment


Photography, Memory, Environmental Disasters, Nuclear Anxieties, Toxicity


Dylan is a second-year PhD student in Italian Studies. A first-generation college student, he received his BA and MA from Middlebury College in Vermont. After graduation, he received a Fulbright English Teacher Assistantship to Italy where he taught at two high schools in Policoro (Matera), Basilicata. His current research interests explore the impacts of slow and fast violence on the Italian body and land through photography and documentary film.


ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

37450 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 2.122

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.



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