This 4-credit course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, French, Rumanian, Portuguese, Catalan, etc.). Italian 201 is an accelerated course that combines Italian 101 and 102 in 1 semester. The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to contemporary Italian language and culture. In this course, you will learn to talk about present and past events, formulate plans for the future, express desires and opinions. Several workshops throughout the semester will develop your reading and writing skills. You will be actively engaged in activities such as: role-plays, and pair and group work. Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are integrated in all activities. To facilitate acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in Italian. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to sign up for Italian 203. Students cannot receive credit for 201 after taking Italian 101 or 102. Prerequisite: 4 semesters (or equivalent proficiency) in another Romance language, or consent of instructor.