ACADEMICS

ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

The Italian language courses that we offer are divided in three levels to fit students needs based on their ability. Students will be placed in the appropriate level based on grade history and pre-course evaluation. The courses are available to:

– Any international student who is following an Italian language course at their home institution and would like to enroll in our Academy to enrich their understanding of the language.

– Any student who is just starting to learn the Italian language or would like to perfect it.

– Any student who is interested in a unique life learning experience such as a “gap year” or school break.

– Any individual who would like to learn Italian

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This course is open to all students who have no prior knowledge of the Italian language.

It is designed to help students achieve a level of competence in basic Italian grammar and conversation.

It will focus on the study of language aiming at listening comprehension, speaking skills and the ability to read and write. The course is held in Italian.

This course provides a comprehensive review of basic grammar and syntax while introducing a more complex style.

It also provides selected readings as a general introduction to the Italian language and culture.

In this level students will deepen their writing and speaking skills. The course is held in Italian.

This course provides an in-depth study of complex linguistic patterns.

This course requires frequent written compositions and oral presentations with materials reflecting general culture, art and history.

The reading and writing skills will be advanced in this course and students will acquire relational skills through group discussions and interviews. The course is held in Italian.

Elementary level

This course is open to all students who have no prior knowledge of the Italian language.

It is designed to help students achieve a level of competence in basic Italian grammar and conversation.

It will focus on the study of language aiming at listening comprehension, speaking skills and the ability to read and write. The course is held in Italian.

Intermediate level

This course provides a comprehensive review of basic grammar and syntax while introducing a more complex style.

It also provides selected readings as a general introduction to the Italian language and culture.

In this level students will deepen their writing and speaking skills. The course is held in Italian.

Advanced level

This course provides an in-depth study of complex linguistic patterns.

This course requires frequent written compositions and oral presentations with materials reflecting general culture, art and history.

The reading and writing skills will be advanced in this course and students will acquire relational skills through group discussions and interviews. The course is held in Italian.

MEDIEVAL STUDIES

This course emphasizes a greater interdisciplinary approach to the subject of medieval history.

Student’s experience will be enriched as they will have access to the living classroom of Ascoli Piceno the medieval city in which they are studying and living.

Weekly guided tours to the medieval villages of the Marche region will accompany the afternoon courses, allowing students to have a direct educational experience with a dynamic immersion in the subject matter.

These courses include:

Medieval Art

In this module students analyze the main aspects and general concepts of medieval art. The objective of this course is to amplify students’ awareness of the transformation that art underwent through the passage from late antiquity (4th century AD) to the Gothic period. Students will relate the role of medieval art to the historic events of the time discovering the influence it had on Italy during the early and late middle ages.​

Italian Literature in the Middle Ages

This module aims to provide adequate tools for interpreting and understanding the literature of the middle ages; as it highlights the foundation of medieval literature from its origins and follows three hundred years of its development. Students will examine the origins of the medieval genre through the lyrical style of authors such as Dante and Petrarch.​

History of Medieval Philosophical Thought

In this module, in addition to addressing the origin of medieval thought, students will broaden their studies with the western philosophy of great thinkers such as John duns Scotus who, like Thomas Aquinas, laid the foundations for a conscious re-appropriation of the previous philosophical parameters set by Greece and Rome.

ITALIAN CULTURE 101

This course focuses on Italian culture with a concentration on the Marche region.

They weave all aspects of Italian culture together; from its vast culinary wealth to its deep artistic traditions, highlighting specifically the anthropological aspects and costumes of the Marche region; including:

General history of Italian culinary culture

This course focuses on all aspects of Italian culinary traditions, it will talk about traditional dishes and the use of key ingredients in our culinary history such as local flours and yeast starters. Trough culinary laboratories students will experiment what they have learned directly. ​

Folklore and traditional customs of central Italy

This course emphases the anthropological aspect of Marche’s custom and traditions, such as the history of our traditional music and dance “Il Saltarello” and the myth of popular traditions belongs to figures including fairies, demons and oracles such as “la Sibilla”.​​​

Introduction to oenology (the study of wines) and olive oil

This course focuses on the important impacts of Italian wine and olive oil from economy to agriculture. Students will learn the intricacies of the production process visiting some of the most famous wineries and olive oil mills of the area, participate in tastings to guarantee a complete understanding of these fascinating worlds.

These courses will be held in English.

STUDENT ADMISSIONS

IAA has a personalized application process. We work directly with international students and their home universities to preapprove the credits. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Please complete and submit the APPLICATION FORM to start the enrollment process.