101: Advanced Writing Workshop

MWF 1-2 | 104 Dwinelle | Instructor: Giuliana Perco

Units: 4

Taught in Italian.

Required of majors and minors.

The purpose of this course is to help students at an advanced level of competence in Italian strengthen and refine their writing skills, by expanding their vocabulary, and experimenting with more complex grammatical structures. Emphasis is given on refining writing skills through a process of writing, reviewing and re-writing.

You will be exposed to texts from a variety of different genres and writing styles (newspaper and magazine articles, essays, personal narratives, etc.) focusing on relevant topics in Italian culture and society. Grammar will be reviewed in the context of the texts and genres analyzed.

This course is writing intensive. You will write several different types of texts of different length and purpose: letters, film reviews, personal narratives, argumentative texts, etc.  You will also review your peers’ work and have your own work read and commented by your peers.  Re-writing will be required for most of the texts you’ll create for this class. At the end of the semester you will have created a portfolio of about 20-30 pages in Italian.

The course is entirely and exclusively taught in Italian and it is a pre-requisite to any 100- level course in Italian.

Prerequisites:  Italian Studies 4 at UCB or proficiency placement.  Please contact Dr. Perco if you have questions regarding placement in this course: gperco@berkeley.edu.

Texts:  to be announced.