The Department of French and Italian

Patrick Vilim


STB Theology, Università Gregoriana, Rome, ITALY, MA Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor
Patrick Vilim

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-9461
  • Office: HRH 4.182
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:00-3:00; Tues 11:00-12:00
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Interests


Medieval Italian cultural & religious history, Francis of Assisi, Boccaccio's Decameron, Italian cinema, Italian identity, and Italian nationalism

Biography


A native of San Antonio, Texas, Patrick Vilim completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He moved to Rome, Italy and graduated with an STB degree in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1994. While in Rome, he worked with the Movimento Apostolico Ciechi, an organization that advocates for and provides services to the visually impaired. When he returned to the United States, he completed a MA in Pastoral Care in 1995 at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He subsequently studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which prepared him to work in bilingual community outreach in Texas and Illinois. In 2000, he joined his brother to open a restaurant, Mirabelle, in Austin, Texas where he served as a mangaing partner for ten years. During the last five years at the restaurant, he led culinary and cultural tours in Italy through a small business he created, Mirabelle Travel. He returned to the University of Texas in 2010 to complete an undergraduate major in Italian, and began the graduate program in Italian Studies in 2011 in the Deparatment of French and Italian.  He graduated with an MA in Italian Studies in 2013 and is currently a doctoral candidate specializing in medieval cultural and religious history.  His current research focuses on the discourse of the creatural and human transformation in the life and writings of Francis of Assisi as it intersects with Dante's Divine Comedy, Boccaccio's Decameron, and contemporary ecocriticism.  His dissertation is titled Francis of Assisi Creature of God: Relational Creaturality as Means of Transformation.  While in Austin, Patrick has volunteered with the Wright House Wellness Center and AIDS Services of Austin. He enjoys reading, traveling, and wine tasting.

Courses


ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

37000 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 206

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

36815 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM 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 601C • Beginning Italian

36045 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 206

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 601C • Beginning Italian

36240 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM CLA 1.102

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 601C • Beginning Italian

37175 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM MEZ 2.118

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 601C • Beginning Italian

37510 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM CLA 1.102

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 601C • Beginning Italian

37405 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 206

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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    University of Texas at Austin
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