About the Minor
Italian language students at Ramapo work in small classes and receive
close, individualized attention and encouragement from their professors.
In addition, technical support and personal assistance are available
in the Electronic Learning Facility (ELF). The Electronic Learning
Facility is a ultra-modern lab where, leading-edge technology allows
interactive communications around the world.
In all our courses, Italian language is used as often as possible.
Classes are conducted with an emphasis on oral communication, but
writing, reading and the study of grammar are fully incorporated in
our methodology. The appropriate sequence of courses enables a student
to acquire a degree of fluency in the language and some insight into
the diverse cultural aspects of the countries where the language is
Additional materials are inserted in the general syllabus in order
to motivate the students to participate effectively in their language
acquisition. Cultural features are conveyed in order to present an
authentic image of the language community. Texts, documents and other
materials are presented with a global perspective, and stimulate honest,
critical thinking among students on moral, social, political and economic
values. Students are able to enroll in civilization, advanced conversation,
cinema, business, or independent study courses.
In today's world, communication of all kinds is of paramount importance.
The ability to speak to business associates in their own language
both here and abroad can turn awkward and difficult relationships
into success stories. World Languages students at Ramapo will learn
functional skills that will make them proficient and culturally aware
in many areas where language is used such as international affairs,
business, multi-national corporations, international trade, import/export,
education and culture.
The World Language faculty at Ramapo have native fluency in the language
they teach and are familiar with the latest language instruction techniques
and technology. They are prepared to support their students through
demanding but rewarding courses.