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Giardino italiano is an intermediate level Italian language textbook designed for a one-semester course.
It uses communicative language teaching techniques for the purpose of developing oral proficiency among students. Although this book is not a grammar driven program, the text does afford students ample opportunities to practice grammatical structures as well as offering users a comprehensive grammatical reference section, for in-class or out-of-class review and practice. The grammatical explanations represent a clear point of reference and teachers may dwell on it if it meets their particular needs. The chapters are designed to reflect current vocabulary and expressions used in modern Italian, as well as offering students a glimpse of everyday life situations. A language is learned best when the individual is invited to personalize situations as they occur in everyday life. Research shows that learning a second language takes place when students are afforded the opportunity to construct, to manipulate, and to experiment with their newly acquired language. Each chapter presents ample opportunities for students to create conversations and to think in the target language.
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Table of contents
Unit 1: Facciamo le prenotazioni
Chapter 1 Una tradizione in famiglia
Chapter 2 Un giovane a cavallo
Chapter 3 In montagna
Unit 2: Facciamo le compere
Chapter 4 Roma: in taxi
Chapter 5 Padova: una scelta particolare
Chapter 6 Negozio di antiquariato
Unit 3: Al museo
Chapter 7 Boccaccio
Chapter 8 Anima beata
Chapter 9 Il famoso Discobolo
Unit 4: Dal Medico: la nostra salute
Chapter 10 La piramide della dieta mediterranea e la nostra salute
Chapter 11 Consigli per denti sani
Chapter 12 L’erboristeria
Unit 5: A Tavola
Chapter 13 La cassata siciliana
Chapter 14 Il compleanno
Chapter 15 La lezione di pizza
Unit 6: Visitiamo l’Italia
Chapter 16 Fontana di Trevi
Chapter 17 Una visita a Pompei
Chapter 18 Il cortile del Museo Bargello
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