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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 102-4"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Franceschi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 5:00-6:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 60
CREDITS:
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
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

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, future, conditional and imperative.

 

This course is solely conducted in Italian.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 Listening

· 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.

Speaking

· 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.

Reading

· 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.

Writing

· 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.

 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso Italia A1-A2Patota-RomanelliGarzanti linguistica9788848040419  
Gramm.itIacovoni-Persiano-FiorentinoBonacci9788875734305  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
4 quizzesThe four quizzes are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and written ability20%
Midterm examThe midterm exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
Final examThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and the vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
Oral proficiencyIn-class oral activities and an oral presentation. Students are examined singularly, in pairs and in a small groups.The types of tests are: conversations between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role-playing. Conversations, monologues and role-playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from instructor.20%
Class participation and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice20%

-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:
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 May 10.

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 6 absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Arriving in class with more than 10 minutes will be considered half absence.

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

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

 

SCHEDULE

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE PROFESSOR’S DISCRETION

 

 Week 1 

 

January 21,23

 

Daily life, introduce yourself and ask about others, express your preferences, what you like and what you don’t. Describe past events. Tell about your own biography or past experiences. Ask and tell what you did yesterday (last week, last month etc.)

 

Present tense of regular, irregular, and reflexive verbs (Review) - article / name / adjective agreement (Review). Use of verb “piacere”.

Review of past tense (Passato prossimo); past tense time adverbs.

 

 

 

Week 2

 

January 28,30

 

Review of past tense cont.

           

 

Week 3 

 

February 4,6

 

FEBRUARY 4 QUIZ 1

 

UNIT 9

Ordering in a restaurant. Asking for the check. Talking about food. Numbers 100-1.000.000.000

 

Direct pronouns. Adjectives.

 

UNIT 10 

Describe a house and furniture. Express possession.

Possessive adjectives (related to family nouns) - Superlative

 

 

 Week 4 

 

February 11,13,15

 

UNIT 10 cont.

 

UNIT 12

 

Talking about vacations. Booking an hotel room. Planning a trip. Giving advises.

 

Comparatives. Agreement of the past participle with the direct pronoun. Informal imperative.

FEBRUARY 15 MAKE UP FOR APRIL 22

 

           

 Week 5 

 

February 18,20

 

UNIT 12 Cont.

 

UNIT 1 ( Copies provided from book 2)

Tell past events. Indicate a consequence. Approve or disapprove an opinion.

Passato prossimo of the verbs cominciare, finire, and modal verbs. The connective quindi, dunque, perciò, the adjective bello.

FEBRUARY 20 QUIZ 2

 

 Week 6 

 

February 25,27

 

UNIT 1 Cont.

 

 

 Week 7 

 

March 4,6,8

 

MARCH 4  REVIEW MIDTERM

MARCH 6  MIDTERM

MARCH 8   MAKE UP DAY FOR MAY 1

 

      11-15 MARCH SPRING BREAK

 

 

Week 8

 

March 18,20

 

UNIT 2 (Copies provided from book 2)

Talking about childhood. Describing past situations. Talking about habitual activities in the past.

Talking about past events.

 

Imperfect.

Imperfect vs passato prossimo.

 

         

Week 9 

 

March 25,27

 

UNIT 2 cont.

 

 

 

 Week 10 

 

April 1,3

 

UNIT 4

Express wishes, hopes, possibilities. express surprise, disagreement, and dissatisfaction. Ask and give advices.

The present conditional

APRIL 1 QUIZ 3

 

 Week 11 

 

April 8,10

 

UNI 4 Cont.

 

 Week 12 

 

April 15,17

 

 

UNIT 7

Talk about future. Invite someone and accept or refuse.

Future tense (futuro semplice).

APRIL 17 QUIZ 4

 

 

 Week 13

 

April 24

 

APRIL 24  Oral presentation

 

 

 Week 14

 

April 29

 

APRIL 29   Final Review

 

 

 

Final Examination May 6-10