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

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Eliseo
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.
OFFICE HOURS: After class, by appointment

This course is designed to give students basic communicative ability in Italian. By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to Italian culture and society. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Note: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms, 3 hours in Summer.
By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to Italian culture and society.  Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

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

  • satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs
  • understand and convey some spoken Italian through the knowledge and usage of familiar and memorized structures, on the most common features of daily life that require the interchange of simple and direct information.
  • understand the general meaning of oral announcements and brief texts on familiar subjects with simple morphology and lexicon.
produce one-paragraph texts with limited formulaic information by using elementary functions.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Un nuovo giorno in Italia A1 Chiappini - De Nuccio Bonacci 978885772093Bonacci 978885772093  

4 testsVocabulary and Structures learned together in class or by self-study20%
midtermThe midterm exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.20%
FinalThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability25%
Oral ProficiencyOne in class dialogue One Oral Presentation All everyday oral in class activities20%
Class Participation and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities (individual, small groups, whole class works) . Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Participation could be also sharing doubts or ideas about homework, class assignments or new topics that were studied.15%

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.


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 unjustified absences. The final grade could be lowered for additional absences. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Two late entrances count as one absence.


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).


The JCU Foreign Language Resource Center offers tutoring sessions free of charge. The FLRC is located at the Tiber Campus on the first floor. To schedule an appointment with a tutor (or a writing coach for upper-level courses), please use the online booking system.

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            (Sep 3, 5)

Prima di tutto

Introducing yourself. Present tense of the verbs Essere (to be), Chiamarsi (my name is....). The Italian Alphabet. 

Pronunciation of soft and hard sounds. Numbers from 0 to 20. Nationality adjectives


WEEK 2         (Sep 10, 12)

Episode 1

Asking nationality. Nouns genders and numbers.  Indefinite articles. “Dov’è?” “Chi è?” .

WEEK 3       (Sep 17, 19, 20 - TEST 1 on Thursday) Friday Sep. 20 make-up day for Nov. 28

Episode 1cont

Asking and telling the time. Prepositions  a\all’\alle


WEEK 4         (Sep 24, 26)

Episode 2

Idiomatic expressions with Avere or Essere.. Present of the verb To Have. Use of TU and LEI   informal\formal. Present 

tense of STARE


WEEK 5          (Oct 1, 3 - Test 2 on Thursday)

Episode 3

Adjectives nouns agreement. Present of TO GO

Descriptions of people. Transport-tickets-visiting a city. 


WEEK 6            (Oct 8, 10)

Episode 3 cont.

Use of There is\ There are. Seasons and months.  Days of the week.



WEEK 7            (Oct 15, 17   MIDTERM EXAM   on Thursday) 



WEEK 8       (Oct 22, 24 - FIRST ORAL PROOF on Thursday)

Episode 4.

Present tense of regular verbs. The 3 conjugations. Daily and free time actions.



WEEK 9          (Oct 29, 31)

Episode 4 cont

Talking about how often you do something. Present tense of irregular verbs. Adverbs of frequency.

Work and professions.


WEEK 10            (Nov 5, 7 - TEST 3 on Thursday)

Episode 5

Definite articles. article+noun+adjective agreement

Present tense of modal verbs. Present tense of SAPERE.


WEEK 11      (Nov 12, 15)

Episode 5 cont\ Episode 6

Present tense of regular verbs and verbs ending in _ISC. Possessive Adjectives.        

 WEEK 12         (Nov 19, 21)

Episode 7\Episode 8

Talking about a typical day. Present tense of reflexive verbs Past tense of regular verbs. Transitive\intransitive verbs.


 WEEK 13         (Nov 26 Test 4 on Tuesday)

Episode 8 cont.

Past participle irregular verbs. Time expressions. Use of To Be or To Have in the Past tense.

Descriptions in the past. Telling past events.

Review and practice for the oral presentation.

WEEK  14            (Dec 3, 5 - ORAL PRESENTATION  on Tuesday)

Final Review