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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Gina Siddu Pilia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 3:40-5:30 PM
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: Tutoring Center, Tiber Campus, 1st Fl.

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.

  This course, which is solely conducted in Italian, is designed to reinforce and learn the following grammar points:

  • Vengo da + article.

  • Singular, plural, feminine and masculine of irregular nouns.

  • Present tense of regular and irregular verbs.

  • Present tense of modal verbs.

  • Direct and indirect pronouns.

  • Passato prossimo ( Past tense).

  • Present and past tense of Piacere (to like)

  • Prepositions.

  • Present Conditional of Volere (want) and Piacere (like).

  • Past tense of reflexive verbs.

  • Relative pronoun che.

  • Direct pronouns with Passato prossimo.

  • Some - Articolo partitivo (di + article).

  • Stare + gerundive.

  • Particle ne.

  • Imperative.

  • Imperative with  pronouns.

  • Imperfect.

  • Imperfect and Passato prossimo.

  • Indefinite pronouns.

  • Passato prossimo of  modal verbs.

  • Comparatives.

  • Future tense.




Global: Students at this level can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on simple routine matters. They can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Listening Proficiency Scales: At the 102 level, students can identify the main point on TV news items reporting. They can understand enough to manage simple, routine exchanges without too much effort and can generally identify the topic of discussion around them which is conducted slowly and clearly. They can generally understand clear, standard speech of familiar matters, although in a real life situation they might have to ask for repletion or reformulation. They can understand enough to be able to meet concrete needs in everyday life, and can understand phrases and expressions related to immediate needs. They can understand the essential information from short recorded passages dealing with predictable everyday matters.

Reading Proficiency Scales: They can understand short, simple texts containing the most common words, including some shared international words, those written in common everyday language and those related to their activities. They can find specific information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, brochures, menus and timetables. They can identify specific information in simple written material such as letters, brochures and short newspaper articles describing familiar topics and can understand simple instructions on equipment encountered in everyday life. They can understand everyday signs and notices in public places, such as streets, restaurants, railway stations and in workplaces.

Speaking Proficiency Scales: Students at the level 102 can construct phrases on familiar topics with sufficient ease to handle short exchange. They can produce brief everyday expressions in order to satisfy simple needs of a concrete type: personal details, daily routines, wants and needs, requests for information. They are able to use basic sentence patterns and communicate with memorized phrases, groups of a few words and formulae about themselves and other people, what they do, places, possessions etc. They have sufficient vocabulary for the expression of basic communicative needs and for coping with simple survival needs. They can control a narrow repertoire dealing with concrete everyday need and use some simple structures correctly. It is usually clear what they are trying to say. Pronunciation is generally clear enough to be understood.. They can expand learned phrases through simple combinations of their elements, can tell a story or describe something in a simple list of points and can link groups of words with simple connectors. They can make and respond to invitations, suggestions and apologies, can ask for attention and can reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a linear sequence of points.

Writing Proficiency Scales: They can give short, basic descriptions of events and activities and can write simple notes and messages relating to matters of everyday life, can describe plans and arrangements and can explain what they like or dislike about something. They can describe their family, living conditions, schooling, present or most recent job and can describe past activities and personal experiences.

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use the following:

    Functions / notions: Describing habits and routines; describing people and things; requests; suggestions; advice; invitations; present continuous for arrangements; obligations and necessity; describing places; describing past experiences and storytelling.

    Discourse markers: Linkers: sequential - past time

    Verb forms: Imperative; Imperfect; Passato prossimo & Imperfect; Present continuous; Past continuous; Future; Conditional of to want and to like; Present tense of regular and irregular verbs; present and past of to like; modals

    Grammar: Direct and indirect pronouns; singular and plural of irregular nouns; agreement past participle - direct pronouns; prepositions of movement; past tense of reflexive verbs; relative pronoun che; articolo partitivo; indefinite adjectives and pronouns; adverbs of quantity; the particle ne; Imperative with pronouns; comparative and superlative adjectives.

    Lexis: Italian documents; monuments and places; professions; famous people; holidays and vacations; transportations; at the station; vacation activities; meeting points; leisure activities; shopping; at the restaurant; menu and recipes; physical activities and sports; body parts; childhood and school activities; house problems; books; movies; music; projects for the future.

    Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
    Spazio Italia livello A2Tommasini, DiacoLoescher978882013349  

    2 TestsTests are divided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; reading comprehension; composition.25%
    2 Presentations3 minute Power - Point presentation in Italian without reading on a given topic25%
    Final ExamThe Final exam is divided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading comprehension: Composition.25%
    Participation and HomeworkHomework includes graded compositions and presentations25%

    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.

    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 three (3) 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.
    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.
    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.


    WEEK 1       





    Vengo da + article

    Introduce yourself

    Study Italian in Italy

    Singular and plural of irregular nouns

    Italian professions


    Passato Prossimo review








    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






    Passato Prossimo with Essere and Avere

    Places, monuments, and artists

    A famous place of your country

    Irregular Past Participles






    WEEK 2    


    TEST 1 Review and practice


    TEST 1    





    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










    Prepositions with Andare


    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







    Past tense of reflexive verbs

    Meeting points

    Where Italians like to meet





    WEEK 3    







    Direct pronouns with Passato Prossimo

    Whatsapp and chat language

    Video: meeting places

    Relative pronoun che


    The Italian cuisine

    Articolo partitivo (di +article)


    Food in your country

    Stare + gerundive

    Ingredients for a recipe







    The particle ne

    Activities and sports

    Italian sports


    Italian blog

    Sports of your country

    Imperative of irregular verbs


    Video: La pizza






    Parts of the body



    Typical hilliness

    Video: Canottaggio in Italy



          TEST 2 Review packet and practice


          TEST 2                                                     


    WEEK 4     







    Childhood memories

    Italian elementary, junior, and high schools


    Rome before and now

    Video: I ricordi di Sarah


    Fashion through the years








    Imperfect Vs. Passato Prossimo

    Talk about a movie

    Video: Ladri di biciclette

    Passato prossimo of modal verbs

    Synopsis of a novel / movie

    Video: La dolce vita





         PRESENTATION 1                                                           


    WEEK 5          





    Future tense

    Projects for the future

    How to plan your future

    Use of the present tense for future actions


    Video: Progetti per il futuro


    Final EXAM review and practice


     FINAL EXAM