This 4-credit course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language. The goal is to provide an introduction to contemporary Italian language and culture. Instruction is thematic and task-based. You will be actively engaged in authentic communicative activities that have real world relevance. Role-plays, pair and group work will provide you with numerous opportunities to interact with your classmates in Italian. Authentic materials, such as ads, brochures, videos, songs, newspaper and magazine articles, are used to expose you and your classmates to contemporary Italian language and culture. Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are integrated in all activities. To facilitate acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted in Italian. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to enroll in Italian 102. Open to Fr.