Italian culture course

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Italian culture course

Who can attend an Italian culture course 

The Italian culture course are open to foreign students who have a medium/advanced and advanced level (level B1, B2, C1 and C2) of Italian. The Italian culture course is offered also to Italian teachers abroad who want to deepen their knowledge of cultural aspects of Italy.

What does it mean to study the Italian culture

“Per insegnare bisogna emozionare. Molti però pensano ancora che se ti diverti non impari.”
Maria Montessori

Doing the Italian culture course means being enriched with new tools for human, psychological, cultural, professional and linguistic growth. We will analyze various interesting topics of the Italian cultural scene: art, cinema, literature, gastronomy (cooking, olive oil, wine), and music. During the Italian culture course we will analyze interesting aspects of the culture and Italian mentality with a deep anthropological and sociological analysis.

The teaching method used to teach the Italian culture: it is a “collaborative learning” method where everyone with his/her own capacity is free to express a point of view and so to contribute to the topic of discussion. Students are continuously encouraged by the teacher through questions and activities to reconstruct and build together the contents of the cultural topics.

The type of lesson that is not used is lecture style in which only the teacher speaks and the students listen. Our method is very communicative, so students are encouraged to use a lot of the Italian language. Through the study of the Italian culture students will engage in a lot of conversation!

Types of lessons:

lessons can be individual or in groups, are organized according to the needs and interests of students. The teachers are open to any suggestions to include various other cultural topics of interest to students.

Program:

Culture, language, society and territory.” The module aims to provide students with a cultural and updated overview on relevant aspects of the social and cultural reality of Italy.
Most of the topics concern Italian culture and society, art, cinema and literature. The program is open to any suggestions by the students for other cultural topics or issues.

Italian society, culture and history

  • Deepening of economic and cultural aspects (differences between Southern and Northern Italy);
  • Deepening of aspects of Italian history;
  • Italian political system: analysis of documents;
  • Discussion of aspects of “anthropology” and sociology of contemporary Italy through the figure of the “woman / mother” and complex sociological phenomenon behind others cultural subjects such as the Mafia, unemployment, and the Palio of Siena;
  • The Mafia: culture, sociology and mentality;

 

Literature and cinema

  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature: stylistic analysis of the work of some of the most significant authors, including comparisons with Italian cinema.
  • Comparative analysis of films of Italian cinema (the students may also propose films of their interest).

 

Italian gastronomy and wines

  • Italian regional GASTRONOMY as a means to understand the cultural differences of the mosaic Italy.

Folklore, traditions and music

  • Italian folklore: the Carnival, the Palio di Siena, the Tarantismo and anthropological analysis of these three kinds of folklore;
  • Understanding the Southern Italy through its music: anthropological exploration of the popular music of Southern Italy (Tammurriata from Campania and other forms of tarantella of Southern Italy such as the Pizzica).

History of Italian art

  • Analysis of some topics related to the national and regional history of art: the Middle Ages and the mosaic of Otranto; Humanism and the monastery of Casole; art in the Renaissance; traces of Baroque in Lecce and the Baroque conception of life.
  • Social Anthropology through Art: analysis of some significant monuments such as Castel del Monte (Apulia, UNESCO) and the Mosaic of Otranto.

Analysis of other topics or issues as proposed by the students.

 

All our Italian cultural courses

 

Starting dates: every 2 weeks
Duration: 1 or more weeks
Lessons: 20 hours per week
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OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THIS COURSE

Migliorare la propria conoscenza della lingua italiana alla “Scuola Porta d’Oriente” è un esperienza straordinaria e indimenticabile: Subito si è immersi in un bagno di cultura combinando dati dell’evoluzione della società italiana e le sue diversità ma soprattutto nell’approccio alle arti quali l’architettura, la scultura, la musica, la letteratura; ovviamente la storia, i costumi della Puglia hanno una parte preponderante senza contare la passione per il Salento di Barbara e le visite delle bellezze della regione ravvivate da chiarimenti affascinanti.
Inoltre l’atmosfera dei corsi è anche allegra perché la Barbara ha il dono pregiato di vi fare “lavorare” con piacere e trasmette la voglia di imparare.
Questa cosa è la più importante e “l’effetto” Barbara prosegue in casa facendo assimilare meglio tutto quello che si è imparato.
In conclusione vorrei dire che sono tanto entusiasta e che ho deciso di “raddoppiare” mio soggiorno a Otranto l’anno prossimo.

Gerard (Francia)

Ho voluto da lungo tempo scrivere dopo il corso a Otranto e ringraziarti e tutta l’équipe per averci organizzato tutto – ma da l’inizio d’ottobre, ho avuto molto (troppo!) da fare, e anche dei problemi con l’Internet e il computer (che adesso non sono tutti risolsi, ma quasi).
Nostro gruppo ha avuto un’ insegnante particolarmente competente che ha tenuto un corso tanto interessante e vivo. Con la tua contribuzione entusiastica e grazie alle visite, ho potuto discoprire una regione tanto bella e particolare che non conoscevo, e la cultura affascinante della Grecia Salentina.

Annie (Francia)

Das war der beste Italienischkurs, den ich bisher besucht habe. Eigentlich wollte ich nur 1 Woche einen Kurs besuchen und danach 1 Woche Urlaub machen. Aber der Unterricht war so spannend und inspirierend und lustig, daß ich auf 2 Wochen verlängert habe.
Barbara kann sehr gut erklären und gestaltet den Unterricht nicht in starre Grammatik und Konversation. Sondern es gibt sehr spannende Themen, die besprochen werden, und gleichzeitig fließen die Regeln der Grammatik ein und in der Diskussion üben wir die Sprache.
Was mich aber am meisten beeindruckt hat ist das ungeheure Wissen von Barbara. Sie weiss sehr, sehr viel über Geschichte, Kultur und Anthropologie und Ihre Begeisterung und Neugierde sind ansteckend.
Es war eine wunderschöne Erfahrung, die ich gerne weiterempfehle!
Ute aus Wien

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