Insieme: Intermediate Italian Course

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9780070253674: Insieme: Intermediate Italian Course

This is an intermediate Italian programme, consisting of a grammar review integrated with readings, including cultural pieces, articles from popular Italian magazines and selections from literature. Throughout the text contemporary culture and communicative use of language are emphasized. The readings establish the topics and vocabulary of each chapter, which are further developed by the grammar explanations, the exercises, the interactive and realia-based activities and the writing section. Practice material progresses within each grammar point from form-focused exercises, where students develop confidence, to more open-ended, interactive activities, where they develop speaking ability. Students' reading skills are developed in the pre-reading sections which contain both global discussion questions to get students thinking about a topic, as well as concrete, specific strategies for reading. The 15 chapters are organized into five topical units: contemporary Italy, the environment, media and communications, the world of the imagination and Italy in transition.

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A fifth of the readings have been changed or modified to make them more accessible to intermediate students.
Chapters now begin with a brief authentic dialogue featuring conversational language that serves as a model for communication.
The instructor's manual now contains an authentic video feature, with pre-and post viewing activities.
The chapter structure has been simplified, with all grammar topics now together in one Strutture section.
Al corriente (realia-based feature) has been moved to the workbook, where the realia pieces can be reproduced in a larger, more legible format.
Integrated audio and video features offer an immediate reinforcement to the learning process that takes place in the classroom.
Grammar exercises are natural and creative, not drill-and-kill.
Each chapter concludes with a writing assignment based on the chapter's theme.
A rich selection of readings deals with different aspects of Italian life and culture. Readings range from author written, to authentic articles culled from Italian newspapers and magazines, to literary texts.

About the Author:

Romana Habekovic is Lecturer-Coordinator of Italian at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. in Italian, specializing in twentieth-century Italian literature. She is author of Tommaso Landolfi's Grotesque Images and numerous articles in the areas of Italian literature and film. She is an experienced instructor and has been teaching Italian at the university level since 1972.

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