The Department of French and Italian

Vanessa Fanelli


Laurea Triennale, Università degli Studi di Milano

Assistant Instructor
Vanessa Fanelli

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Interests


Italian cinema, women and gender studies, gender inequality, sexual violence, violence, and modern Italian panorama

Biography


In 2013 Vanessa received her BA in Cultural Heritage Studies, from the Università Statale di Milano magna cum laude. She worked at Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) as a teaching assistant and assistant instructor. Following that, she taught Italian at IESS Abroad Milano.

In 2015 she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she obtained her M.A. in Italian Studies in 2017. She is now perusing her Ph.D. in Italian Studies. Her research focuses on gender and gendered-violence representation in Italian medias between 1960 and 1970.

She is an active participant to the French and Italian Graduate Student Organization for which she was treasurer, vice president, and organizer of the Italian Speaker Series for the years 2017, 2019, and 2020, inviting Dr. Ellen Nerenberg, Dr. Armando Maggi, and Dr/ Danielle Hipkins as a keynote speakers.

She is also an active member of the MLA Graduate Caucus of which she is currently the Vice-President.

 

Courses


ITL 320 • Advanced Italian

36650 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BEN 1.106

The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing, speaking and reading in Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension (both reading and   listening). We will review grammatical structures expanding on the more complex ones. Furthermore, we aim  at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture through the use of educational videos and live interaction with Italian students. We will reach these goals by:

a.  Reading short stories, fairy tales, articles

b.  Reviewing grammatical structures through Radio Arlecchino and the course packet

c.  Listening to a variety of audio material, watching videos and three movies

d. Talking with Italian students several times during the semester. This course is conducted in Italian.

The success of this course relies heavily on a learning environment that is welcoming to all people. Each one of us will work hard to establish a strong sense of community based upon respect, collaboration, and freedom of opinion and expression.

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36705 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-12:00PM JES A207A

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 611C • Intermediate Italian

36520 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM HRH 4.102B

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

37020 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM HRH 4.102B

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.


  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531