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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 101-1"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session II 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Bruno Montefusco
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 1:40-3:30 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 4
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit, except for Summer sessions, when it carries 3 semester hours of credit.
OFFICE HOURS: Thursday 17.40 18.40

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to give students basic communicative ability in Italian. By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to Italian culture and society. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Note: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms, 3 hours in Summer.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

During the course the basic grammar structures will be  introduced by means of phrasal and textual written exercises.

Students practice written and spoken language through drills, exercises, linguistic games, and reconstruction of dialogues.

The oral communication skills, both in comprehension and production, will be developed with exercises of listening comprehensions,  and with  conversations on subjects introduced and monitored by the teacher

 Participation and team working ability are encouraged from the beginning. The instructor not only provides information, rules and correction of mistakes, but also and mainly encourages students towards a challenging linguistic experience.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

  • satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs
  • understand and convey some spoken Italian through the knowledge and usage of familiar and memorized structures, on the most common features of daily life that require the interchange of simple and direct information.
  • understand the general meaning of oral announcements and brief texts on familiar subjects with simple morphology and lexicon.
  • produce one-paragraph texts with limited formulaic information by using elementary functions.

 

 

 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Nuovo EspressoZiglio, RizzoAlma Edizioni9788861823426  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
HomeworkPracticing written and oral skills related to grammar and conversational topics covered during the course10%
QuizzesThe 2 Quizzes will test the topics covered during the course.10%
Class ParticipationStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice.10%
Midterm ExamThe Mid-Term Exam will test your knowledge of Italian language listening, writing and reading skills and your Italian grammar competence.20%
Final ExamThe Final Exam will follow the same format as the Mid-Term Exam.30%
Oral PresentationOral Presentation will be divided in two parts.In the first part students will be tested about their ability to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters and to describe in simple terms aspects of their background.(Students will be examined singularly) The second part will be a presentation about one of the following areas of Italian Culture: Art ,Music,Sport,Fashion,Food. 20%

-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 cou
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:
Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allow 4 unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 1 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. Arriving in class with more than 10 minutes late will be considered half absence.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
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



WEEK 1


UNIT 1 PRIMI CONTATTI
Pronomi soggetto io tu Lei
Presente essere avere chiamarsi
Alfabeto
Articoli
Numeri da 0 a venti


UNIT 2 IO E GLI ALTRI
Verbi in are 
Essere avere fare stare 
Preposizioni a in
Questo Questa 
Interogativi


QUIZ 1




WEEK 2 

UNIT 3  BUON APPETITO
Verbi in ere 
Volere Preferire
Plurale
Bene Buono


UNIT  4  TEMPO LIBERO
Verbi in ire
Andare, Giocare, Leggere, Uscire
Avverbi di frequenza 
Mi piace /Mi piacciono
Giorni della settimana


 
WEEK 3 

UNIT 5 IN ALBERGO
C'è ci sono
Potere Venire
 Preposizioni articolate
Mesi e Stagioni

UNIT 6 IN GIRO PER L'ITALIA
Concordanza aggettivi sostantivi
Indicazioni di luogo 
Partitivi




MIDTERM REVIEW

MIDTERM EXAM JULY  19th 



WEEK 4 

ORAL PRESENTATION 1

UNIT 7 ANDIAMO IN VACANZA 
Past tense

QUIZ 2




WEEK 5 

ORAL PRESENTATION 2

FINAL REVIEW

FINAL EXAM AUGUST 3rd