Italian Course Features Immersion Learning
Mar 01, 2010
A new two-credit introductory Italian course is being offered this semester, taught by music associate professor David Hamilton. In addition to regular course time, students will also take part in three immersion weekends, two at Concordia and one at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji.
Eleven of the students will continue their Italian language learning through a new summer school course in Italy offered by Hamilton. He says the students will be based in Trieste, Italy, and will be fully immersed in the language through their city interactions and homestays in that area. They will continue their Italian language studies with a native speaking instructor and have the option to take voice classes taught by Hamilton.
Division of Language, Literature and Culture chair Dr. Mary Rice says the Italian course is open to all students, though will likely be of special interest to voice, art and language majors.
"For years, students have been asking for Concordia to offer Italian," she says. "Some of the students enrolled in the course are Spanish and French majors who are thrilled to have the opportunity to study another romance language."
If interest for the course continues, it will be offered every other year.