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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Elena Grillo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:00-2:50 PM
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit, except for Summer sessions, when it carries 3 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement or IT 101

A continuation of IT101. This course aims at developing and reinforcing the language skills acquired in Introductory Italian I, while placing special emphasis on oral communication. Note: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms, 3 hours in Summer.

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

  • understand written and spoken Italian, through the knowledge of simple structures. Situations will be varied, but general and such as to require an interchange of every day information and routine tasks.
  • participate in simple, direct conversations on generally predictable topics related to daily activities and personal environment.
  • satisfy simple personal needs and social demands to survive in the target language culture.
  • comprehend the general meaning and some details of texts on familiar topics.
  • produce brief texts on topics of personal interests and social needs, primarily in the present, past, and future.


  • In-class listening activities: Students will listen to the instructor and to recorded texts the duration of which will be at least 250 words. Students will have to answer (orally and in writing) an increasing number of questions that test their comprehension of what they have heard.


  • In-class oral activities and exams: Students will be examined singularly and in pairs. The type of tests will be: conversation between two students, monologues, role playing. The multiplicity of situations and the request to express personal opinions will increase from elementary level to advanced level. Conversations, monologues and role playing will be elicited by visual stimuli, texts, or questions from the instructor.


  • In-class activities and exams: Students will have to read an increasing number of texts of increasing length, complexity and of different genres. They will have to answer in writing several questions that test their comprehension of what they have read.


  • Homework assignments and exams: Students will have to answer written questions and produce written texts of increasing length, formality and complexity on topics of every day life.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso ItaliaGiuseppe PatotaGarzanti Linguistica9788848040426  
Grammar.it for English SpeakersGruppo CSCBonacci9788875734305  

3 Tests 30%
Midterm Exam  20
Oral Proficiency 10%
Final exam  20%
Class participation  10 %
Homework 10%

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.


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. Students are allowed three (four if it’s an eight-credit course) unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. With more than 7 absences the student may fail the course.

Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue and Student Handbook).
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.
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.


Week 1

- Funzioni comunicative: Presentarsi - chiedere e dare informazioni relative all’ambito personale

- Contenuti linguistico-grammaticali: Presente indicativo dei verbi regolari, irregolari e riflessivi (Ripasso) - La concordanza di articolo/nome /aggettivo (Ripasso)

Week 2

“ Cerco casa a Venezia” (estratti dall’unità 10 – libro I)

FC - Descrivere la casa - leggere annunci immobiliari -parlare dell’arredamento -esprimere il possesso

CL - Gli aggettivi possessivi (anche in relazione ai nomi di famiglia) - Il superlativo assoluto

Week 3

“In vacanza” (Unità 12 – libro I + materiali extra)

FC - Parlare delle vacanze - prenotare una camera in albergo - riferire di vacanze passate

CL - Il passato prossimo - i pronomi diretti (lo, la, li, le) in accordo con il participio passato - la particella ci

Quiz 1 (3 febbraio)

Week 4

“In vacanza” (Unità 12 – libro I)

FC - Parlare del viaggio - fare paragoni - dare e ricevere consigli

CL - I pronomi diretti e indiretti (dalla grammatica) - I comparativi - l’imperativo informale (tu – voi)

Week 5

Un matrimonio a Venezia” (Unità 1 – libro II)

FC - Raccontare eventi passati - indicare una conseguenza

CL - il passato prossimo dei verbi cominciare e finire e dei verbi servili – i connettivi quindi, dunque, perciò, l’aggettivo bello

+ attività di rinforzo sull’imperativo

Week 6

Un matrimonio a Venezia” (Unità 1 – libro II)

FC - Approvare o disapprovare un’opinione

CL - Il passato prossimo dei verbi servili

Quiz 2 (22 febbraio)

Week 7

1, 3 marzo “Compagni di scuola” (Unità 2)

FC - Raccontare abitudini passate – parlare della propria infanzia / adolescenza

CL - Introduzione all’uso dell’imperfetto

- Ripasso per il midterm


Week 8

“Compagni di scuola” (Unità 2)

FC - Raccontare abitudini passate – parlare della propria infanzia / adolescenza – indicare una causa – raccontare fatti del passato – esprimere gioia o delusione

CL - L’imperfetto indicativo – imperfetto e passato prossimo – connettivi causali (perché, siccome, dato che)

Week 9

FC – raccontare una storia

- attività di rinforzo sull’uso dell’imperfetto e del passato prossimo


Week 10

“Che tipo sei?” (Unità 3)

FC - Raccontare un’esperienza di studio all’estero – fare paragoni ed esprimere giudizi di valore – descrivere il carattere di una persona – parlare di azioni imminenti

CL - I comparativi con il “che” – i comparativi irregolari (migliore, peggiore, maggiore, minore) – i connettivi mentre, invece, al contrario, infatti – il superlativo relativo – la formazione dei contrari – la costruzione stare per+ infinito

Week 11

- Attività di rinforzo

Quiz 3

Week 12

“Vita in città” (Unità 4 – prima parte)

FC - Esprimere desideri, speranze, possibilità – esprimere sorpresa, disaccordo, insoddisfazione – chiedere e dare consigli.

CL - il condizionale presente

Week 13

- Attività di rinforzo

Presentazione orale

Week 14

Ripasso generale

Final Examination