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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 201"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian I "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elena Grillo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 3:40-5:30 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102, or IT 103
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT 102. This course focuses on consolidating the student’s ability to use Italian effectively. Emphasis is given to grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Selected readings and films acquaint students with contemporary Italy.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Italian 201, which is conducted solely in Italian, is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: 

  • Direct, Indirect, and Reflexive Pronouns; Compound pronouns.
  • Trapassato Prossimo, Passato Prossimo, Imperfect.
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns
  • Simple Conditional.
  • Use of the particle Ci and the pronoun Ne.
  • Imperative (informal) with pronouns.
  • Simple and combined Future.    
  • Present Subjunctive.
  • Conjunctions, adverbs and connettivi
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

  • Understand written and spoken Italian at the intermediate level.
  • Participate in conversations on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Conditional, Future, Imperative, and Subjunctive tenses.
  • Ask for and obtain information.
  • Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval.
  • Comprehend the general meaning and details of intermediate level texts.

Produce brief texts on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Future, Conditional, Imperative, and Subjunctive. 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
PERCORSO ITALIA B1/B2PATOTA/ROMANELLIGARZANTI978884804042  
GRAMM.IT FOR ENGLISH SPEAKERSIacovoni, Persiani, FiorentinoBONACCI9788875734305  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
oral presentations (2)3 minute power-point Presentation in Italian on a given subject without reading25%
Final ExamDivided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading, Composition25%
TESTS (2)Grammar and vocabulary in context; listening; reading comprehension;composition25%
CLASS PARTICIPATION AND HOMEWORKHomework compositions and presentations will be graded.25%

-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:

GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
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.

 













-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
Grading Criteria

A = 94-100 B = 83-86 C = 73-76 D = 63-66

A- = 90-93 B- = 80-82 C-= 70-72 D-= 60-62

B+ = 87-89 C+ = 77-79 D+=67-69 F= 0-59

A/A- = Excellent command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency. Appropriate command of sentence structure, lexis, register and idiom.

B+ = Very good command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency, showing facility and very few errors. Ability to handle sentence structure naturally, and to demonstrate some awareness of stylistic variation.

B = Good command of the language, consistent with the level of proficiency. Competent manipulation of sentence structure, with some evidence of development and complexity; small occurrence of grammatical errors. Work will be broadly coherent and comprehensible, good manipulation of sentence structure; grammatical and other errors will not impede comprehension.

B- = Satisfactory command of the language, consistent with the level of proficiency. Work will not be coherent but comprehensible; sentence structure will be simple; medium frequency of grammatical and other errors

C+ = Evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of effective communication, consistent with the level of proficiency. Work will be comprehensible; sentence structure will be very simple and grammatical and other errors will be frequent but not as serious to impede comprehension.

C, C- = Some evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of effective communication, consistent with the level of proficiency. Some awareness of sentence structure and high frequency of grammatical and other errors.

D = Little evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of making oneself understood. Little awareness of sentence structure and numerous grammatical and other errors.

F = No evidence of the ability to control the language; failure to make oneself understood.

 







-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
 

Participation and Attendance Policy

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) absences. Additional absences will lower the participation portion of the grade considerably. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Make-ups: The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University 2006-2008 Catalog, p. 57-58).

Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.

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.

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

Introduce yourself: presentations; Talk about past events

Passato prossimo Vs. Imperfect (review)

 

Make comparisons; Describe someone’s personality

Comparative and Superlatives adjectives

 

Living in the city; Express desires, hopes, and possibilities; Ask and give suggestions

Present Conditional

Week 2 – TEST 1

 

Direct, indirect, and reflexive pronouns (review); Compound pronouns; Use of ne

 

Health and medicines; Express your personal opinion

Present subjunctive; Diminutives

 

Work, job descriptions, ads, and CV

Informal Imperative; bisogna, occorre, è necessario: impersonal verbs

Week 3

TEST 2

Test 2 Review

 

 

Talk about past events

Trapassato prossimo; Indefinite adjectives and pronouns; Use of Ci

 

Read the newspaper; Probabilities

Future tense (futuro della probabilità)

 

Talk about unrealized projects; Make hypothesis

Past Conditional; Periodo ipotetico della realtà

Week 4

Presentation 1

Express feelings and uncertainity

Present Subjunctive; Present subjunctive with impersonal forms

 

Looking for an apartment; Give suggestions in a formal way

Formal Imperative; Use of the infinitive to give commands

 

 

Pat subjunctive; use of the adverb insomma

Week 5

PRESENTATION 2

FINAL EXAM