Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages of Western Civilisation and
over the last 800 years has been a world leader in literature, architecture,
painting, sculpture and music. The first University in Europe was founded in
Bologna in 1290. Its School of Law was also a first and attracted scholars from
all over Europe. Banking and accountancy were invented in Italy in the late
Italy is one of the eight wealthiest nations in the world and is an essential
international tourist destination. More and more Italian tourists are also visiting
Italian is, after English, the most widely spoken language in Australia. Over
half a million Italian Australians use the language every day. You can practise
and put Italian to use in your own community. You can virtually "live"
Italian in South Australia!
Italian is a pathway to employment and Italy is a major trading partner with
Australia and increasingly so in South Australia. A knowledge of Italian can
be of benefit in fields such as tourism, music, design, architecture, teaching,
technology, science and commerce.
The first Italian in South Australia came to the colony in 1839. Since then,
South Australian citizens of Italian origin have made innumerable contributions
to the development of this State.
Courses in Italian are taught throughout the entire range of Pass and Honours
degree requirements both for students with an advanced (School Certificate level)
knowledge of Italian and for students with no prior experience in the language.
Postgraduate supervision is available throughout.
The programs of study in Italian have always attempted to find a balance between
language and culture. At all levels a variety of language-teaching methodologies
is employed. Language materials include grammar-based texts and selections of
authentic written, oral and visual material.
This community features works by Flinders academics in Italian in the areas
of Italian settlement in Australia and South Australia; Italian and English
bilingual lexicography; thirteenth & fourteenth century poetry and poetics, nineteenth and twentieth century Italian poetry; the poetry of Italian migrants in Australia; Italian language teaching, Dante Studies; Italo-Australian literature; women in contemporary Italian fiction; the study of second language acquisition, media studies, translation theory and practice, teaching methodology; twentieth century literature with particular focus on Sicilian writers.