In accordance with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, the learning goals for students of Italian at Temple University are:
- Communication and Communities: To communicate in Italian with native speakers of Italian, whether in Philadelphia, in a Italian-speaking culture, or by means of technology with Italian speakers anywhere in the world.
- Culture: To demonstrate sensitivity to, understanding and appreciation of the variety of cultural perspectives and practices in the Italian-speaking world.
- Comparisons and Connections: To compare and draw connections between the Italian language and English (or another language) in a way that enriches overall linguistic competence; to compare and draw connections between the Italian culture, Italian-American culture, and other cultures and to draw connections between this knowledge and the study of other disciplines, such as literature, history, and economics.
- Life-Long Learning: To demonstrate positive attitudes toward the continued study of the Italian language as well as Italy and / or Italian-America, and the study of languages and cultures in general.
The Temple University Italian program proposes to state these learning goals explicitly in the Undergraduate Bulletin, on the Italian program website, and to correlate individual course learning objectives with these goals in Italian program course syllabi.