CIAO! continues to set the standard for interactive, flexible introductory Italian instruction . Not only is this course entirely portable to accommodate the demands of a busy life, it features exciting new capabilities that allow students to share links, photos, and videos and to comment on those posted by their fellow classmates. The eighth edition is distinguished by several new resources and updates that promote the acquisition of Italian language and culture in accordance with the National Standards for Foreign Language Education. Communicative goals are established at the start of each chapter to provide students with clearly defined objectives as they work through the content, while skill-building strategies and interactive activities help them achieve those goals. The all-new "Regioni d'Italia" section establishes a thematic thread that is maintained throughout the chapter and provides plenty of opportunities to make cross-cultural comparisons even within the regions of Italy itself. CIAO!'S fully-updated authentic readings, cultural snapshots, videos, and activities engage students in deeper exploration of the vibrant life of modern-day Italy and the country's rich cultural heritage. Now more than ever, CIAO! provides an all-in-one grammar and vocabulary program that allows students to communicate in Italian with confidence and gives them a unique cultural perspective on an ever-changing Italy.
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Carla Larese Riga received her Master of Arts from Stanford University and has worked toward a PhD at the University of California, Berkley. She has over 30 years of experience as a dedicated professor of Italian at various institutions, including Santa Clara University, Stanford University, Foothill College, and De Anza College. She is a scholar of romance languages and is fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish.
Irene Bubula-Phillips was born and raised in Italy. She graduated from the University of Trieste with a laureate in modern languages (Spanish and English) and an emphasis on literary translation. After moving to California, she received her MA in Spanish from San Jose State University. She has been teaching Italian and Spanish at Santa Clara since 1996. Ms. Bubula-Phillips is passionate about teaching and sharing her interest in languages and cultures with the students at Santa Clara University.
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