JCU Logo

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 202-1"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian II "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elisa Marani
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 201
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills. Short stories, newspaper articles, and films supplement the textbook.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

This course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing. Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.

The course is designed to review and study in depth the following grammar items:

 

  • Subjunctive mode: present, past, imperfect, and trapassato: Indicative Vs. Subjunctive

  • Passato Remoto

  • Formal Imperative

  • Past and present Conditional

  • If clause (periodo ipotetico)

    Passive voice, impersonal forms, and Si passivante

  • Relative pronouns

  • Gerundio and Infinitive

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

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

Understand written and spoken Italian at the upper intermediate level

Participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using present, Past,

Conditional, Subjunctive, and Future.

Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings

Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval

Comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts

Produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses

Understand and use the subjunctive mood

Express possibility and impossibility

Make conjectures

Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings of upper-intermediate level texts

Produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
New Italian Espresso Textbook Livello A2-B1Maria Balì, Luciana ZiglioAlma 978-8861825710  
Gramm.itGruppo CSCBonacci 978-8875734305  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 Tests  20 %
Midterm  15 %
Participation and Homework  10 %
Final Exam  25 %
2 Oral Presentations 20%
2 Compositions  10 %

-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 course.
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:
A continuation of IT 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills. Short stories, newspaper articles, and films supplement the textbook.

Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, as the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed two (2) unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

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.  Students who are 5 or more minutes late to class will be counted tardy. Students will receive two "free tardies". These provide for valid reasons. A third tardy in a class will constitute an absence.

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


Settimana

Martedì

Giovedì

I

Lezione 1
Ti ricordi?

 

22 Gennaio

 

 

24 

 

 

II

Lezione 2
Come va?

 

29 

 

 

 

31 

 

III

Lezione 3
Egregio Dottor


Lezione 4 Colpo di 
fulmine

5 Febbraio





12


7

Composition I




14 

Test 1

 

IV

Lezione 5
Che sport ti piace?

 

19

 

 

21

22 Friday (Make-up day for Thursday April 25)

V

Lezione 6
Do you speak Italian?


26

 

 

28


VI

Lezione 7
Vivere in città

 

5 Marzo 

 

7

 

Midterm exam 


12-15 Spring Break 

 

VII

Lezione 8
Made in Italy

19

Oral Presentation I

21 

Composition II



VIII

Lezione 9
Parole, parole, parole ...

26

 

 

28 

 

 

IX

Lezione 10
Invito alla lettura

 





 

 

X

Lezione 11
La famiglia cambia faccia

 

9

 

11

XI

Lezione 12
Feste e regali

16

Test 2

18

XII

Lezione 13
Italiani nella storia

23 

Oral Presentation II

 

25

 

XIII

 

30 

Final Review 

2 Maggio (Last day of classes)