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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 203"
COURSE NAME: "Intensive Italian II "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Gina Siddu Pilia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 6
PREREQUISITES: This course, which is the equivalent of 201 + 202, carries 6 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102 or IT 103
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course meets four times per week and covers the equivalent of a full year of intermediate language study (IT 201 and IT 202) in one semester. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to consolidate language skills in a short time.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Present, Past, Imperfect, and Trapassato Subjunctive
Relative Pronouns
Passive Form
Passato Prossimo, Imperfect, and Plus quam perfect
Hypothetic clause I, II, and III
Formal and informal Imperative
Compound pronouns
Present and past Conditional
Gerundive and Infinitive
Future Tense and specific use
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successfully complete this course, students can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization; can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso italia B1/B2Patota, RomanelliGarzanti978884804042  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 Presentations2-minute-power point presentation on a given subject10%
Midterm ExamCumulative. Listening, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading skills will be evaluated25%
Final ExamCumulative. Listening, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading skills will be evaluated.25%
4 TestsGrammar and Vocabulary, Composition.20%
2 in-class compositions 10%
Homework and Participation 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 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. 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

 

COMMUNICATIVE FUNCTIONS

GRAMMAR

WEEK 1

 

Telling past events; indicate a consequence; approve /disapprove

Past tense of cominciare and finire verbs; connettivi concluisivi dunque, quindi and perciò; Past tense of dovere, potere, and volere verbs.

WEEK 2

 

Telling past habits; talking about childhood and adolescence; indicate a cause; express joy and disappointment

Imperfect Indicative; Irregular verbs; causal conjunctions: perché, dato che, visto che, and siccome; the adverb mentre

WEEK 3

TEST 1

Telling an experience abroad; make comparisons; describing the personality of someone; talk about coming soon events

Comparisons with che; irregular comparisons; relative superlative; irregular superlatives; adversative conjunctions: infatti, invece, al contrario; stare per

WEEK 4

Expressing desires, hope, possibilities, disagreement, dissatisfaction, and surprise; asking and giving suggestions

Present conditional; combined pronouns; use of ne

WEEK 5

TEST 2

Describing symptoms of illness; health and wellbeing

Present gerundive; diminutives

WEEK 6

Reading and understanding job adds; expressing obligations and necessities;  asking and giving suggestions in a formal way; writing a CV

Informal imperative with pronouns; Plus quam perfect; indefinite adjectives and pronouns

WEEK 7

Midterm PRESENTATION

MIDTERM EXAM

Review

Review

WEEK 8

Reading a newspaper; talking about future events; expressing different moods; expressing real hypothesis; writing a card for accepting or refusing an invitation; talking about unfulfilled projects

Future tense; Present subjunctive; impersonal expressions; hypothetic clause I; past conditional

WEEK 9

Giving suggestions in a formal way; giving orders to a generic public; talking on the phone; apologizing

Formal imperative with pronouns; use of the Infinitive; Past subjunctive; Futuro anteriore

WEEK 10

TEST 3

Expressing your opinion about a movie; expressing an hypothesis

Imperfect subjunctive; Relative Pronouns; hypothetic clause II

WEEK 11

Talking about books; expressing a doubt; reading a narrative text

 

Special use of the Future tense; Né…né; conjunctions; relative pronouns (cont’)

WEEK 12

TEST 4

Reporting information; expressing your point of view; expressing contrast

Conjunctions; relative pronouns (cont’); Passive form

WEEK 13

 

Talking about the learning process of a foreign language; expressing hypothesis; reporting and summarizing information

Trapassato subjunctive; Hypothetic clause III; indirect discourse; relative pronouns

WEEK 14

FINAL PRESENTATION

Final Review

Final Reviee