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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Elena Grillo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:00-2:50 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

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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso Italia B1/B2Patota RomanelliGarzanti978_88_6964_325_5  

3 Tests 30%
Midterm Exam  20
Oral Proficiency 10%
Final exam  20%
Class participation  10 %
Homework 10%

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 cou
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 (four if it’s an eight-credit course) unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. With more than 7 absences the student may fail the course.

Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue and Student Handbook).
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

Let’s introduce ourselves.

Review Present Tense of regular, irregular and reflexive verbs.

Agreement of articles, nouns and adjectives.

Review of Past Tense (passato prossimo).


Week 2

Cerco casa a Venezia_ Unit 10_Book 1

Describing a house.

Possessive adjectives.


Week 3

Test 1


“In vacanza”_ unit 12_Book 1

Talking about vacations. Booking an hotel room. Planning a trip. Giving advises.

Comparatives. Agreement of the past participle with the direct pronoun. Informal imperative

Pronoun “Ci”.


Week 4

Handout_ Sapori d’Italia”.

Talking about food. Going to the supermarket.

Direct and indirect pronouns/ indirect pronouns with the verbs “piacere/servire/mancare”.


Week 5

Sapori d’Italia_Cont.




Week 6


Test II

 “In vacanza”_cont.

Giving advices_informal imperative (tu-voi)


Week 7

Un matrimonio a Venezia” _Unit 1_Book 2.

Past tense (passato prossimo) of “cominciare” and “finire”. 


Week 8

Un matrimonio a Venezia”_unit 1_Book 2_Cont.

Passato prossimo of modal verbs (potere/volere/dovere).

Review Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam.





Week 9

Oral Presentation I

“Compagni di scuola” _Unit 2_Book 2.

Talking about childhood. Describing past situations. Talking about habitual activities in the past.



Week 10

“Compagni di scuola” cont. + handout about passato prossimo vs imperfetto.


Week 11

Test III.

Handout_Future tense.

Talking about plans for the future.


Week 12

“Notizie per tutti”_Unit 7_Book 2.

Reading a newspaper. Making predictions about the future.  Weather forecast.



Week 13

“Notizie per tutti”_Cont.

Packet about the conditional forms “Vorrei/ Mi piacerebbe”.




Week 14

Presentazione orale gruppo II

Review for final Exam.


Final Examination