The Department of French and Italian

Magda Ivette Collazo Simonet

M.A. in Italian, University of Notre Dame; B.A. in Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University

Graduate Student, OGS Fellow
Magda Ivette Collazo Simonet



Luigi Pirandello, Perceptions of Humanity, Theater, Italian cinema, Women's studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Forensics


Magda was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2018, she graduated Syracuse University with a triple major in Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Italian Language, Literature, and Culture. She received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Italian. In 2020, she obtained her M.A. in Italian at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught the language to undergraduate students for two years. During this time, she had the opportunity to travel to Rome and conduct research at the Istituto di studi pirandelliani e sul teatro contemporaneo, in order to complete her M.A. thesis titled: "Il fu Mattia Pascal: Humanity, Corporeality, and Bureaucracy in Pirandello's Narrative."


ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

37435 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.210

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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