Percorsi: l'Italia attraverso la lingua e la cultura / Edition 1

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Percorsi is your pathway to Italian language and culture. Your journey will expose you to the beautiful country of Italy and introduce you to many Italians and their way of life, opinions, and values. Percorsi provides you with the tools to develop your ability to effectively communicate in Italian so that you will be free to explore the country on your own. Buon viaggio!

"The most attractive feature is one the authors claim sets them apart from other textbooks: the close correlation of all components that are part of a chapter. It was a true pleasure to see this clearly implemented." Madeleine Kernen, Missouri State University

"One thing I continue to love is the inductive reasoning approach to 'Occhio alla lingua' and having students think and find patterns. I believe this kind of conscious awareness is particularly helpful for adult language learners. " Colleen Ryan-Scheutz, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131929692
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Series: MyItalianLab Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesca Italiano is the Director of the Italian Language Program at the University of Southern California. She has a Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in Nineteenth Century Italian Literature and an M.S. from USC in Applied Linguistics. She is the coauthor of the literary reader Incontri Attuali and the author of the second edition of the intermediate Italian textbook, Crescendo! She is currently working with the USC Language Center in the development of the VIE (Virtual Italian Experience) video game, which is based on Percorsi. The VIE project is being funded by a two-year NEH grant.

Irene Marchegiani, Professor Emerita of Italian Language and Literature at California State University — Long Beach, is currently Coordinator of Student Teaching for European Languages at the State University of New York — Stony Brook, where she teaches second language acquisition methodology courses as well as courses in European Studies. At CSULB, from 1985 to 1999 she was the Director of the Italian program. Professor Marchegiani has taught Italian language, literature, and culture at all levels. She has written articles on Giacomo Leopardi and on contemporary Italian poetry, with a particular emphasis on women writers. She edited the volume of poetry Land of Time (Chelsea Edition, 2006) by Luigi Fontanella and co-edited The Poetics of Place: Florence imagined (Olschki, 2001). She has conducted research and published articles on Italian epic poems about Cristopher Columbus and on second language acquisition. In collaboration with Professor Charles Jernigan, she has translated Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (Italica Press, 2000), which was awarded the prestigious “Diego Valeri” Monselice prize in 2002. She has co-translated other volumes of poetry including The Star of Free Will by Maria Luisa Spaziani. Professor Marchegiani has published several of her poems in various poetry journals, in Italy and in the U.S.A., and in 2004 she published La vita in cerchio, her first collection of poetry. She is member of the editorial board of the literary journals Gradiva and Journal of Italian Translation. With Francesca Italiano, she published the literary reader Incontri Attuali and the intermediate Italian textbook Crescendo.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Capitolo Preliminare — La Lingua Italiana

Capitolo 1 — Chi Sei

Capitolo 2 — La Scuola

Capitolo 3 — La Descrizione e I Gusti della Persone

Capitolo 4 — La Routine Giornaliera

Capitolo 5 — La Famiglia

Capitolo 6 — La Casa

Capitolo 7 — Il Tempo Libero

Capitolo 8 — I Ricordi

Capitolo 9 — Le Feste

Capitolo 10 — I Ricordi: Avvenimenti importanti

Capitolo 11 — I Piani e Progetti per il Futuro

Capitolo 12 — Speranze e Desideri

Capitolo 13 — Viaggie Vacanze

Capitolo 14 — La Città

Capitolo 15 — La Salute e l’Ambiente

Capitolo 16 — L’Italia di Oggi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    Extensive Italian learning

    I have used three different textbooks for my Italian classes, and this is my favorite by far. The lessons are easy enough to teach yourself, and the exercises cover regular and important irregular verbs/ anything unusual with grammar.

    I give this 4 stars because the vocabulary is lacking (buy a good dictionary that includes the gender with nouns!) and with a few exercises, irregular verbs are not fully explained.

    Great beginner book.

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