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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 18.50 \ 19.50

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  21/24 Gennaio

Grammar

Lexis

COMMUNICATION

Review of the 4 first unit of New Italian expresso

Introduce yourself

Hobbies

 

Italian professions

 

HOMEWORK 

Self study Unit 5 / 6 and videos too

VIDEO 1/ 4 

 

WEEK 2   28/31 Gennaio

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discuss

UNIT 7

WEATHER conditions

VIDEOCORSO 7

PAST TENSE

TIME expressions

 

 

WEEK 3    4/7 Febbraio     

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

REVIEW OF THE PAST 

UN Fine settimana 

Travelling

Irregular Past participles

 

 

 

 

                                                           

WEEK 4  11/14 Febbraio

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

UNIT 8

Describe a town

VIDEOCORSO 8

FINIRE COMINCIARE 
REFLEXIVE VERBS AND POSSESsIVES

 

Describe your hometown

Present and Past tense of Piacere

 

QUIZ 1

 

WEEK 5  18/21 Febbraio

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

UNIT 9 La famiglia

 

VIDEOCORSO 9

Reflexive verbs in the past 
and possessives with family names

 Family Relationships 

 Talking about family and personal habits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 6   25/28 Febbraio

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & DiscussionUNit 

UNIT 10 
Direct pronouns and partitive use of ne 

 Measurement units 

 Videocorso 10
Food and dishes 

 

Presentation of the Review packet, and practice for the  ORAL Presentation 1 amd Midterm Exam

 

WEEK  7     4/7 Marzo

                                                           ORAL PRESENTATION 1  MONDAY

                                                           MIDTERM EXAM WEDNESDAY


         SPRING BREAK 11 \ 15 Marzo



WEEK 8     18/21 Marzo

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

UNIT 11 

  Shopping

  clothes shoes 

Review stare più gerundio

 

 VIDEOCORSO 11

FUTURE TENSE

 

 Time expressions

Direct and indirect pronouns

 

 

 

WEEK  9       25/ 28 Marzo

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

UNIT 12 

 

amare e volere bene 

Imperfetto
passato prossimo e accordo con participio  passato 

Talking about one's childood

Time expressions

 

 

VIDEOCORSO 12

 

WEEK 10  1 / 4 Aprile

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

Unit 13

ADJECTIVES  superlatives

Videocorso 13

 

QUIZ 2

 

                                                    

WEEK 11      8 / 11 Aprile

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

 Unit 14

 

Fashion

PRESENT conditional

Review for Oral Presentations

Videocorso 14

 

 

ORDINAL NUMBERS

 

 

 

WEEK 12  15 / 18 Aprile     

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

 MONDAY 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

WEDNESDAY

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 13   22 / 24 aprile    

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Discussion

UNIT 15 

IMPERATIVO

 Italian Habits and tradition Underlining cultural differences


VIDEOCORSO 15

 

 

WEEK 14      29/ 2 maggio

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

 

 WEEK 15           6 / 10 Maggio                                                 

 

                                                           FINAL EXAM (TBD)