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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 102-3"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Bruno Montefusco
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: Monday 18.00 \ 19.00

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, and future.

 

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
GRAMM.IT FOR ENGLISH SPEAKERS IACOVONI PERSIANI FIORENTINOBONACCI EDITORE9788875734305  
NEW ITALIAN ESPRESSOGRUPPO ITALIA IDEAAlma edizioni9788861823600  
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 course 10%
QuizzesThe 2 Quizzes will test the topics covered during the course.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 Presentation Oral 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%
Class PartecipationStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice.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 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:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
Students are allowed 6 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. 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 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Vengo da + article

Introduce yourself

Study Italian in Italy

Singular and plural of irregular nouns

Italian professions

 

Passato Prossimo review

 

 

 

WEEK 2

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs

Italian documents

Foreign students in Italy

Video: Italian language school

Present tense of modal verbs

Apply for the Italian permit to stay

The Italian university system

 

WEEK 3        

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Passato Prossimo with Essere and Avere

Places, monuments, and artists

A famous place of your country

Irregular Past participles

 

 

 

Presentation of the Review packet, and practice for  the first test

                                                           TEST 1

WEEK 4

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Direct pronouns

Describe a town

Urbino: a beautiful town in Umbria, Italy

Video: Italian towns

Indirect pronouns

 

Describe your hometown

Present and Past tense of Piacere

 

Holidays in your country

 

WEEK 5

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Prepositions with Andare

Vacations

Where Italians go on vacation

Present Conditional of Volere and Piacere

Asking for information about a vacation place

Video: In a travel agency

 

Writing a formal email

 

 

At the train station

 

 

WEEK 6        

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Past tense of reflexive verbs

Meeting points

Where Italians like to meet

 

Presentation of the Review packet, and practice for the Midterm Exam

 

WEEK  7

                                                           ORAL PRESENTATION 1

                                                           MIDTERM EXAM


         SPRING BREAK 11 \ 15 March



WEEK 8     

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Direct pronouns with Passato Prossimo

Whatsapp and chat language

Video: meeting places

Relative pronoun che

Shopping

The Italian cuisine

Articolo partitivo (di +article)

Menù

Food in your country

Stare + gerundive

Ingredients for a recipe

 

 

WEEK  9       

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

The particle ne

Activities and sports

Italian sports

Imperative of irregular verbs

Italian blog

Sports of your country

Imperative

 

Video: La pizza

 

WEEK 10

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Imperative with pronouns

Parts of the body

Canottaggio

 

Typical hilliness

Video: Canottaggio in Italy

 

Presentation of the Review packet, and practice for test 2

                                                           TEST 2

WEEK 11      

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Imperfect

Childhood memories

Italian elementary, junior, and high schools

 

Rome before and now

Video: I ricordi di Sarah

 

Fashion through the years

 

 

 

 

WEEK 12       

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Imperfect and Passato Prossimo

Talk about a movie

Video: Ladri di biciclette

Passato prossimo of modal verbs

Synopsis of a novel / movie

Video: La dolce vita

Comparatives

 

 

 

WEEK 13       

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Future tense

Projects for the future

How to plan your future

Use of the present tense for future actions

Forecasts

Video: Progetti per il futuro

 

WEEK 14      

Presentation of the final review, and practice for the Final Exam

 

                                                           ORAL PRESENTATION 2 

 

                                                           FINAL EXAM (TBD)