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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 202-2"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian II "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elena Grillo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 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:

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:

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
Percorso Italia B1/B2Patota RomanelliGarzanti9788848040426  
I verbi italianiSonia Bailini/Silvia ConsonnoAlma Edizioni88-86440-871  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 oral presentationsThe Oral presentations are in power point in Italian on a given subject without reading20%
Final ExamThe Final exam is divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary in context, Reading comprehension, and Composition30%
participation and homeworkHomework compositions and presentations will be graded10%
Midterm ExamThe Midterm Exam id divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading comprehension, and Composition.20%
20 testsGrammar and vocabulary; listening; reading comprehension; composition.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 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.

GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:

Assignment

Guidelines

Weight

2 Oral presentations

The Oral presentations are in power point in Italian on a given subject without reading

20%

Final Exam

The Final exam is divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary in context, Reading comprehension, and Composition.

30%

Participation and Homework

Homework compositions and presentations will be graded

10%

Midterm

The Midterm Exam id divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading comprehension, and Composition.

20%

2 tests

Grammar and vocabulary; listening; reading comprehension; composition.

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 cour
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

January 21/23

Introduction to the course; Presentations; Talk about past events

Imperfect, Passato prossimo, and Trapassato prossimo (review)

Week 2

Jan. 28/30

Unit 7 “Notizie per tutti”  From Pag. 121

 

 

 

-Present Subjunctive

-Perfect Conditional

 

 

Week 3

February 4/6

Unit 8

“Cerco casa”

+ unit 14_I verbi italiani

Give advice.

Give an order.

 

Formal imperative.

Week 4

Feb. 11/13/15 (Make-up day for Monday, April 22)

Cont. unit 8 + unit 15 “I verbi italiani”

Test 1_Wednesday  Feb 13

 

Opinions and complaints about apartments.

Introduction to the past subjunctive

Week 5  

Feb. 18/20

Unit 9

“Andiamo al cinema?”

+Unit 16_ I verbi italiani

Express your opinion about a movie.

Read a review.

Subjunctive imperfetto.

Relative pronoun che.

Adverbs ending in -mente

Week 6

Feb. 25/27

Unit 9_Cont.

+unit 9, I verbi italiani

 

 

 

Express hypothesis in the past.

 

REVIEW MIDTERM

 

 

If clause to express possibility

Week 7

March 4/6/8 (make-up day for Wednesday, May 1.

 

 

PRESENTATION 1

Monday and Friday

MIDTERM EXAM

Wednesday March 7

 

SPRING-BREAK

 

 

 

MARCH 11/15

 

Week 8

March 18/20        

Unit 10_”Letture e lettori”

Talk about books.

Express doubts and personal opinions.

 

Conjunctions: quando, altrimenti, allora, per esempio, insomma, in fondo

 

Passato remoto.  

Week 9

March 25/27

 

Unit 11_“Italiani” + unit 11 and 18, I verbi italiani

Report information; express your point of view

Express contrast.

 

anche se, nonostante, sebbene, malgrado

Relative pronoun il quale

Passive voice and impersonal forms;

passive si

Week 10

April 1/3

Unit 12_”L’italiano per tutti”

Talk about learning a foreign language

Expressing hypothetical situations.

Summarize information.

Hypotetical situations.

 

Trapassato subjunctive

Week 11 –

April 8/10

Unit 12_Cont.

Express a hypothesis (2)

TEST 2

Wednesday, March 10

If clause to express impossibility

Week 12

Apr. 15/17

Unit 12_Cont.

+unit 21, I verbi italiani

Report what someone else said

 

PRESENTATION 2

Wednesday Apr. 15

 

Direct and indirect speech

Relative pronoun chi, il quale, la quale

Week 13

APR. 22: NO CLASS

Apr. 24

 

 

PRESENTATION 2

 

 

 

Week 14

APR. 29

MAY 1: NO CLASS

 

 

 

REVIEW FINAL EXAM