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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 201-3"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian I "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Gina Siddu Pilia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102, or IT 103
OFFICE HOURS: Foreign language Resource Center, Tiber campus, 1st floor from 10:00am to 3:00 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT 102. This course focuses on consolidating the student’s ability to use Italian effectively. Emphasis is given to grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Selected readings and films acquaint students with contemporary Italy.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Italian 201, which is conducted solely in Italian, is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: 

  • Direct, Indirect, and Reflexive Pronouns; Compound pronouns.
  • Trapassato Prossimo, Passato Prossimo, Imperfect.
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns
  • Simple and Past Conditional.
  • Use of the particle Ci and the pronoun Ne.
  • Imperative (formal and informal) with pronouns.
  • Simple and combined Future.    
  • Present and Past Subjunctive.
  • Conjunctions, adverbs and connettivi

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:
  • Understand written and spoken Italian at the intermediate level.
  • Participate in conversations on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Conditional, Future, Imperative, and Subjunctive tenses.
  • Ask for and obtain information.
  • Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval.
  • Comprehend the general meaning and details of intermediate level texts.

Produce brief texts on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Future, Conditional, Imperative, and Subjunctive. 

 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso Italia - Livello B1 - B2Patota, RomanelliGarzanti9788848040426  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Midterm ExamDivided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading Comprehension; Composition25%
2 Presentations (Midterm and Final Presetation)3 minute power-point Presentation in Italian on a given subject without reading15%
Final ExamDivided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading, Composition30%
Homework & ParticipationHomework compositions and presentations will be graded.10%
2 testsGrammar and vocabulary in context; listening; reading comprehension;composition20%
   

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the co
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Please be informed that:

The JCU Foreign Language Resource Center offers tutoring sessions free of charge. The FLRC is located at the Tiber Campus on the first floor. To schedule an appointment with a tutor (or a writing coach for upper-level courses), please use the online booking system.

How to get the most out of your tutoring session:

  • Come early in the semester. You will benefit more from tutoring if you come when you first begin having problems. 
  • Come prepared. Bring your textbook, notes, and review sheets with you. 
  • Attend classes regularly. Tutoring is designed to supplement class instruction, not to replace it.

 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

 

Communicative functions

Grammar and Lexicon

 

Week 1

Introduce yourself: presentations; Talk about past events

Passato prossimo Vs. Imperfect (review)

Week 2

Make comparisons; Describe someone’s personality

Comparative and Superlatives adjectives

Week 3

Living in the city; Express desires, hopes, and possibilities; Ask and give suggestions

Present Conditional

Week 4 – TEST 1

 

Direct, indirect, and reflexive pronouns (review); Compound pronouns; Use of ne

Week 5

Health and medicines; Express your personal opinion

Present subjunctive; Diminutives

Week 6

Work, job descriptions, ads, and CV

Informal Imperative; bisogna, occorre, è necessario: impersonal verbs

Week 7

PRESENTATION 1

MIDTERM EXAM

 

Midterm Review

 

Week 8

Talk about past events

Trapassato prossimo; Indefinite adjectives and pronouns; Use of Ci

Week 9

Read the newspaper; Probabilities

Future tense (futuro della probabilità)

Week 10

Talk about unrealized projects; Make hypothesis

Past Conditional; Periodo ipotetico della realtà

Week 11 – TEST 2

Express feelings and uncertainity

Present Subjunctive; Present subjunctive with impersonal forms

Week 12

Looking for an apartment; Give suggestions in a formal way

Formal Imperative; Use of the infinitive to give commands

Week 13

 

Pat subjunctive; use of the adverb insomma

Week 14

PRESENTATION 2

FINAL EXAM

 

Final review