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Robert Bucci

M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut

2014-15 OGS Recruitment Fellow
Robert Bucci



Robert was born and raised in Cranston, RI.  In 2012, he obtained his B.A. in Italian and Philosophy, with a minor in History, from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.  While at Iona, he had the opportunity to study in Rome and, over the course of two subsequent summers, went on to serve as the assistant on-site coordinator for the college's Rome study abroad program.  He received his M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2014.  At UConn, he taught Italian language classes as well as courses on Italian culture and literature.  He arrived in Austin in Fall 2014 to pursue his doctoral studies.


Dante, Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature, Leopardi, Aesthetics, Relationship between Language and Power

ITL N601C • Beginning Italian

83355 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTH 830am-1100am WEL 3.266
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ITL N601 C – Summer 2012 – Summer Language Institute



Instructor: Carlos Capra

In residence TA: Beatrice Mabrey



Required: Aski, Musumeci – Avanti! Second edition with Quia online Workbook/Lab Manual

Required: Adorni- English Grammar for Students of Italian (to be purchased separately)



In ITL 601 C, students will study eleven of the sixteen chapters of the textbook Avanti!, do the exercises on the online workbook that accompanies Avanti! and read English Grammar for Students of Italian as a grammar reference, at home and, time permitting, in class.


By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

be able to carry on a conversation in Italian and perform in skits with good

   pronunciation, using all the verbal tenses and moods learned in ITL 601 C;

possess a sizeable vocabulary;

be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

read short essays.


Class time will be spent primarily in developing the ability to speak and understand the target language; in-class group activities will be largely used and students will be active participants in the learning process. Students will keep a portfolio containing all their weekly writing activities. Since class time must be devoted to practicing the Italian language, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day; the in residence TA will assist students with their homework and with tutoring.



(1) Four Chapter Tests                                                                                20%

(2) Final Exam                                                                                               15%

(3) Portfolio weekly activities and 2 compositions                                 20%    

(4) Oral performance

--General class performance 5%, Skits 10%, Oral Exam 10%--              25%    

(5) Attendance, Class Participation                                                           10%

(6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                           10%

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