Italian civilization needs no presentation, as its present and past artistic, poetic and cultural achievements passionately engage with the major questions of today’s world. Italy boasts the largest number of UNESCO sites: from Roman and Greek heritage to Medieval architecture, from the stunning achievements of the Renaissance to the the charm of its cinema. Italy’s controversial modern politics and its history of a migrating nation all contribute to the allure of a civiltà that is not only the cradle of Western Civilization; but also a place of encounter for cultures, people and ideas. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Italy plays today a key role in the challenging negotiations between Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.
Italian at Bard
The Italian Studies program at Bard encompasses various disciplines: from literature to art, from political science and history to music, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Italian culture and study it in a broader transnational context.
Italian Studies Website
Bard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.
Study AbroadBard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.
Every Spring, the Italian Department offers an Intensive Language course (8 credits): students can subsequently spend one month in June at the Babilonia Italian Language School in Taormina, Sicily. At Babilonia, students can take classes of Italian language and culture while viewing the astonishing beauty of the Sicilian landscape, tasting the finest Italian food, sunbathing on the wonderful seaside or enjoying live music and theatre in the evocative Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina.
Contact: Franco Baldasso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Website: For more details, visit the Italian Studies Website.
Pre-Trip Requirements: In order to study abroad and receive full credit, students must submit a Petition for Study Abroad, which must be approved by the student’s academic advisor, the Study Abroad Adviser, and the Dean of Studies; full info here: https://www.bard.edu/bardabroad/bard/.
Beginning Italian Intensive Expand
The Beginning Italian Intensive (12 credits) consists of two integral parts:
1. Bard, Annandale: Spring Intensive (8 credits)
2. Taormina, Sicily—Babilonia Italian Language School: Summer Intensive (4 credits)Every year in June, the Italian Department offers an Intensive program for students at the Babilonia Italian Language School in Taormina,Sicily. The program is designed as an indivisible, one-year sequence and includes a semester of language study in the fall (4 credits); the Intersession Intensive Italian Program in Italy, an accelerated course in the spring, followed by the Intensive Italian Program in Italy in the summer.
At the Babilonia Italian Language School, students will be studying in a lively program that combines challenging academics with a wealth of extracurricular activities in and around Sicily. A major focus at Babilonia will be an intensive Italian language class, which will meet every day for three hours (Monday through Friday), providing a robust and energetic language training.
Students will also be exposed to the study of Italian art, cinema, and literature. All courses are taught in Italian, by experienced Italian academics based in Taormina.
Pre-Trip Course Requirements:
ITAL 106: Intensive Italian (12 credits)
This beginning course is designed for the student with little or no prior exposure to Italian. The course will cover the major topics of grammar and give intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). The grammar textbook will be supplemented by traditional homework exercises and a variety of multimedia work. Student must also enroll in a required weekly tutorial to practice oral skills with native speaker of Italian. The course is designed as an indivisible sequence and includes a semester of language study on campus (in the Spring), 8 credits, and a 4-week session in Italy, in June, 4 credits. Class size: 22
Contact: Franco Baldasso (email@example.com)
Next Program: June 2016
Semester Abroad Expand
For more details, contact Professor Franco Baldasso.
Università degli Studi di Bologna
In collaboration with the ECCO Program, Bard College also offers the opportunity to study a semester or a year in Italy at the Università degli Studi di Bologna. Students will have the chance to critically improve their language skills as well as be able take courses in their field of specialization in Italian in one of the most thriving and prestigious academic environments of Europe. Università di Bologna is, in fact, the oldest University of the Western World, as it was founded in 1088.
Italian Language Resources
Italian Language Dictionaries
All Languages Dictionaries
The Collins Italian Dictionary has 182,000 words and phrases with 247,000 translations. It is an easy-to-use dictionary for Italian-English, in addition to a variety of other languages. Includes a translator and games to help improve language skills!
Level: A1 – C2
Finds ways phrases and idioms have been translated to and from English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, French, Chinese, Japanese.
Level: A1 – C2
Useful online dictionary for English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Latin!
Read Italian websites and much more with this awesome dictionary that allows you to click on words and get their immediate translation. On the main page, choose the respective languages (i.e. Italian–English), and insert the website you want to read! Lingro also remembers your recent vocabulary searches so you can return and review words you have defined.
Level: A1 – C2
The WordReference English-Italian Dictionary is a living, growing dictionary. It contains over 50,000 terms and 100,000 translations in both English and Italian and continues to grow and improve. In Italian-English, thousands more terms that are not included in the main dictionary can be found in the WordReference Italian-English forum questions and answers. If you still cannot find a term, you can ask in the forums where many native English and Italian speakers from around the world love assisting others to find the right translation!
Type a word in the search box above to look up a word.
Level: A1 – C2
Thesaurus and Other Tools
This website offers a great thesaurus for Italian words. All you need to do is type in the word for which you need a synonym or antonym and a list of both will be generated for you! This website also offers many other helpful grammar tools, such as a verb-conjugator and a rhyming tool.
Placement Tests and Practice Exams
The following resources will help you determine your language level, practice for exams, or understand the certificates you need to attend Italian Colleges and Universities.Most exams to apply to undergraduate or graduate schools are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)—the international standard for describing language ability. Find out what level you are or need to have.
ILUSS Italian Online
The ILUSS website offers both quick and in-depth tests for Italian-learners to explore. The quick tests briefly gage grammar level while the in-depth test includes grammar, reading, listening, and vocabulary.
Transparent Language Italian Proficiency Test
A proficiency test broken into four parts: two grammar sections, one vocabulary section and one reading comprehension section. This is a good follow-up to simpler tests that focus only on grammar.
University of Oxford Placement Test
This placement test is a quick and easy way to test your proficiency in Italian through grammar knowledge.
Heinle Cengage Learning Center
This website provides several practice tests for each chapter of the Oggi In Italia textbook that students of Intensive and Intermediate Italian will use to learn the language. Other helpful guides are also available for each chapter.
Italian Language Test
This site offers tests for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of Italian. Varying tests within each proficiency level are offered as well: grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Resources for All Language Learners
These resources are related to cultural literacy, especially within entertainment and the media. Some podcasts may be of particular interest to certain corresponding majors or just interesting subjects—find one that “speaks” to you! These also include vocabulary, speaking and writing practice. Some of these resources come in the form of smartphone apps (for both iPhone and Android), allowing for fun language-learning on the go.
Reading and Writing
Read Italian websites and much more with this awesome dictionary that allows you to click on words and get their immediate translation. On the main page, choose the respective languages (i.e., Italian–English), and insert the website you want to read!
Italian Language Blog
This blog is a great way for beginners to read Italian and learn about the culture as well! The blog contains almost-daily entries about topics rangings from places in Italy to specific grammar-breakdowns of the language. All entries that are written in Italian are accompanied by and English translation for better comprehension.
Grammar and Vocabulary
Anki is a free program that allows you to create your own flashcards from which to study vocabulary, conjugations, or grammar. Flashcards can be downloaded from Quizlet, and Anki can be used on multiple devices, so you can practice on the go! The program allows you to categorize the cards by how well you know the information, presenting cards you are less familiar with more frequently and helping you learn more quickly!
A great website to create your own vocabulary lists, print flashcards, test yourself with the “testmaker,” combine lists to study a select number of words from the last semester, etc. Can also be used for individual classes, and as an app on your mobile device.
This website provides a collection of flashcards to improve your vocabulary in different topics. It also offers the possibility to play online games in order to have fun while learning the language. A mobile app is available through the App Store for Android and iPhone.
This website has detailed explanations for all Italian grammar concepts. Helpful and thorough examples and descriptions are provided for anything from pronouns and conjugations to demonstrative adjectives! The website also has other useful tools, including vocabulary, language tools, cultural information, and much more.
Word of the Day!
This website generates a different Italian word daily, providing a quick way to learn new vocabulary! Along with the word itself, the website provides an English definition, the word's part of speech, Italian pronunciations, and both Italian and English examples of the verb used in context. There are options to sign up through various social media websites to receive the word of the day at your convenience.
This website offers a variety of helpful grammar and vocabulary tools, including a verb-conjugator, rhyming tool, thesaurus, and much more. If you're beginning to write in Italian, this website is a great resource that can help make your writing smoother and sophisticated!
Speaking and Comprehension
Italian Table: Wednesdays, 6pm–7:30pm
All students of Italian are welcome to join Italian Table every Wednesday for extra practice speaking outside of class.
Learn Italian with OUINO™ (Youtube)
Develop speaking skills further by practicing with the "conversation" videos. These videos are a good way to perfect pronounciation and understanding, and students can go at a pace with which they feel comfortable! Other videos concerning vocabulary and grammar are available on this playlist.
A simple guide to help learn the pronunciation of Italian vowels, letters, and words.
Search for an Italian community nearby, whether you're home, at school, or on vacation. You can sign up to be notified of when members of the community will meet, in addition to which events they will be attending. Attending events with community members is a great way to practice speaking with varying types of conversation.
Film and Video
RAI Italian Radio and Television
This is the official website for Italian TV and radio broadcasting. Here you can find links to Italy’s public TV stations, stream radio online (including podcasts), and find news on a variety of subjects.
The largest available collection of podcasts in Italian. This website gives you the opportunity to search for the podcast you are interested in by subject (art, food, cinema...)
Throughout this 50-lesson "Beginner Level" series you will learn how to greet people, introduce and talk about yourself, ask questions, dealing with restaurants and hotels, how to ask the time, formal and informal modes, present tense verbs, articles, pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives. You will hear Italian spoken in a variety of "real-life" situations.
News in Slow Italian
In these weekly podcasts, lasting about 2-3 minutes each, listeners can learn about current events and Italian grammar and expressions, all at a slow enough pace for beginning students to understand each word.
This website allows you to listen to poems from a huge selection of languages and countries read by their authors. It also provides written translations in several languages depending on the poem. An excellent resource for all language learners to improve listening and reading skills.
Resources for Advanced Language Learners
The following resources include bibliographies and citation help, research databases for locating scholarly publications as well as selected online journals in fields from poetry and music to history and journalism.
Bibliographies and Citations
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Literature and Art
Biblioteca della Letteratura Italiana
This website has an amazing compilation of Italian literature. The full texts are available and the literature is easily searchable by author (gli autori) or title (le opere).
This free digital library offers digital versions of books and audiobooks.
These art history podcasts provide information about famous Italian artists and their works, including artists such as Giuseppe Arcimboldi, Mattia Preti, and Jacopo Ligozzi.
Sito Ufficiale dell’Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana
The official website of the Italian Philarmonic Orchestra (Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana), including their repertoire, their events calendar, and their biography.
Quiz e test di storia
This website offers quizzes about the history of Italy and Europe with varying levels of difficulty. Geography quizzes are also offered, as well as many more types!
Radio in Blu: Oggi in edicola (podcast)
A review of press publications in Italy each morning.
RAI Sport Le Ultime 24 Ore
This is an archive of Rai Sport updates over the past 24 hours. Each headline offers a brief description of a recent event in sports news.
Website of the newspaper La Repubblica.
Il Corriere della Sera
Website of the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
La Gazzetta dello Sport
Website of the sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Il Sole 24 Ore
Website of the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
Resources for Faculty and Tutors
These resources are mainly meant to help teachers and tutors to prepare for daily classes—from creating and/or printing ready-made worksheets to integrating the newest Google tools into language and literature classes. Bard's Foreign Language Tutors are invited to upload their favorite activities to this website by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are welcome to use these resources to study, help a classmate, or teach other language learners.
General Teaching Resources
This website offers many exercises for Italian grammar with solutions, and clear charts and explanations of these grammar concepts.
Grammatica italiana is a website that is divided into sections according to the basic grammar concepts in Italian. Within these sections are a series of charts, exercises, explanations, and images to help language learners in the most efficient way.
Heinle Cengage Learning Center
This website provides a helpful chapter-by-chapter guide through the Oggi In Italia textbook that students of Intensive and Intermediate Italian will use to learn the language. Each chapter offers practice tests, along with textbook audio files, video activity worksheets, other links related to the chapter, and web search activities.
Impariamo l’italiano is a free website for all those interested in learning Italian. It offers exercises, online grammar tests, vocabulary, and insight into Italian culture. Games, videos, and audio resources are also available for free.
Loescher Editore—Italiano per stranieri
Loescher offers 40 detailed charts and exercises for every Italian grammar concept for beginning and intermediate/proficient language learners.
Mondadori Education—Italiano per stranieri
Mondadori Education offers a collection of exercises to download for every language level. These exercises include grammatical structure, written, oral, and reading components of the language.
Collect resources for learning about the target culture with this virtual bulletin board; create a class board, where all students can "pin" images or websites that could later be used to spur discussion.
Tour Builder is a tool to tell a story. It is a new way to show people the places you’ve visited (literally, virtually or in a text), and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.
Really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 229
million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
Create your own fill-in-the blank worksheets quickly—this webpage has a similar tool.
This folder contains worksheets with fun games for beginning and proficient language learners!
Vocabulary and Grammar Folder
This folder contains a variety of worksheets and charts covering vocabulary and grammar for beginning and proficient language learners!
Literature and Culture Folder
This folder contains activities, worksheets, and other files pertaining to cultural topics such as music, politics, general knowledge, and more!
This is a fun way to learn Italian words and improve listening skills! Fill in the gaps of songs as they play aloud.