Language and Culture Section Continued
When I opened up the language section, I saw that it matched up perfectly with the Interactive Dialogues. With the Interactive Dialogues, we learned how to buy train tickets. In this, the corresponding Language section, we reinforced what we had already learned, and we learned some new stuff.
For example, in the Interactive Dialogue, one phrase we had learned was, “how much.” In, this section we built on what we had learned by practicing the singular and plural versions of the same phrase, as you can see in the picture above right. Also note the dark blue and white icons. Those are audio recordings that you can listen to and repeat over and over again. I found them to be quite helpful.
Next was a very thorough lesson about how to tell time and how to say the days of the week in Italian. This lesson also included useful phrases such as, “What time is it?,” “it’s midday,” and “It’s half past three.” I finished up the section with a grammar lesson, which taught me how to change verb endings in order to communicate different tenses.
The second part of the Language and Culture section, as you can guess, is called “Culture.” In this section users are taught cultural information that is meant to improve both understanding and communication. In this chapter, we learned about how Italians have a very relaxed attitude in regards to time. We were told to expect 15-45 minute delays anywhere we went in Italy. The Language and Culture section provided perfect supplementary material to the main Interactive Dialogue lesson. Let me show you…
Main Interactive Dialogue Lesson
- How to Buy Train Tickets
- Telling Time
- Days of the Week
- Saying How Much (singular and plural)
- How to Change Verb Ending to Express Tenses
- Information about How Italians View Time (they aren’t very punctual)
- Expect Lots of Travel Delays
As you can see, the supplementary lessons supported the main lesson perfectly. Your ability to use the Italian train system is greatly enhanced when you can speak about time and tenses and when you understand Italian attitudes about being “on time.”
Language and Culture Section Highlights
- Great Knowledge Reinforcement
- Very Useful Information
- Tons of Audio and Speaking Practice
- Material Matches Main Lesson Perfectly
- Lots of Learning Activities
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