The Department of French and Italian

Elisa Valentini


M.A. in Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Region and Eurasia, University of Bologna (Italy); M.A. in Italian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Candidate
Elisa Valentini

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Interests


Early Twentieth-Century Italian Cultural and Scientific History, Early Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde, Italian Futurism, Ardengo Soffici

Biography


Elisa is a native of Padova, Italy. In 2011, she received her Laurea Triennale (B.A.) in Art History and Protection of Cultural Heritage from her city’s university, Università degli Studi di Padova. She spent the last year of her bachelor’s program as an exchange student at the University of Seville, Spain. This life-changing international experience guided her to choose and obtain her M.A. in Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Region and Eurasia from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2013. Her passion for interdisciplinary research and the enthusiasm to share her culture and language brought her to UT Austin to pursue her doctoral studies. At UT, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies, Elisa has taught Italian language classes and has had the opportunity to serve as an instructor for the department’s Rome Study Abroad Program over the course of summer 2017 and summer 2018. Thanks to the Graduate School Dissertation Writing Fellowship she is now focusing on her dissertation, which explores the intersecting roles of science and occultism in shaping the pre-World War I visual and literary works of Italian Futurist Ardengo Soffici.  

Courses


ITL F328 • Composition & Conversation-Ita

82030 • Summer 2018
Wr

Rome Study Program

 

 

ITL F328 – Rome

Composition and Conversation

 

Instructor: Antonella D. Olson

 

Course Description:

 

This course is taught in Italian and is an upper-division course. The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing and speaking in Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension, both reading and listening. We will reach these goals by:

  1. Reading short stories, articles from magazines and newspapers, a novel,
  2. Reviewing the grammatical structures presented in the reading material,
  3. Listening to a variety of audio material and watching videos and movies.

Furthermore, this course aims at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture through a lively interaction with Italians: students will conduct frequent interviews both in class to the invited guest speakers and on their own, outside class. Students will keep a journal of their experience in Italy, write compositions, and give in class individual and group presentations.

 

Textbooks:

Packet of Xerox-copied material (to be purchased at Jenn’s)

Andrea De Carlo, Giro di vento     (to be purchased in Rome)

Additional reading material will be announced

 

Grading:

10%    Short Quizzes

30%    Two Exams

25%    Oral reports, Interviews

20%    Journal, Compositions

15%    Class participation, Progress in the oral component

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36530 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.122

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36980 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BEN 1.108

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.

 

 

ITL F328 • Composition & Conversation-Ita

82420 • Summer 2017
Wr

ITL f328 Composition and Conversation

Unique #: 82420

Rome Study Program, in Rome, Italy – First Summer Session

Instructor: Elisa Valentini



Course Description

Prerequisite: ITL 611C

This course is taught in Italian and is an upper-division course.

It carries the Writing Flag.

The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing and speaking in Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension, both reading and listening. Furthermore, it will expand the students’ knowledge of Italian culture through compelling readings and, above all, a lively interaction with Italians.
 

Writing Flag

This course carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and you may be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work. Writing Flag classes meet the Core Communications objectives of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

Textbooks

  • Packet of Xerox copy material – to be purchased at the Co-op
  • Additional readings will be available on Canvas 

Readings

  • Excerpts from novel Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous
  • Excerpts from novel La mia casa è dove sono by Igiaba Scego
  • Comics by Zerocalcare, excerpts from comic book Cattive Ragazze by Assia Petricelli and Sergio Riccardi
  • Italian newspaper articles and blogs

Grading

20%     Quizzes

10%     Exam

15%     Oral reports/Interviews

10%     Final group project

30%     Journal (= Diario), Compositions

15%     Class participation, progress in the oral component (regular attendance is required)

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37010 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.108

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36805 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.210

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36190 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.108

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36065 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.118

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

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