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

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Eliseo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 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
OFFICE HOURS: After class by appointment

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
Un nuovo giorno in Italia A2 Chiappini - De Nuccio Bonacci 9788857720944   

4 Tests 20%
Oral proof 1Dialogues, prepared and improvised, with another student7%
Oral presentation 7%
Global oral proficiencyAssessed in everyday class activities6%
Final exam 25%
Midterm 20%
Homework and Participation 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 cours
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 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               Sept 2, 4

Materials provided in class;

Review of present tense of regular, irregular  and reflexive verbs, use of verb “piacere”

Vocabulary: daily life, introduce yourself and ask about others, express your preferences, what you like and what you don’t.


WEEK 2           Sept 9, 11

Unit 1 “ Il viaggio continua”

Describe past events. Tell about your own biography or past experiences. Ask and tell what you did yesterday (last week, last month etc.); express agreement or disagreement; say how you are feeling.

Review of past tense (Passato prossimo); past tense time adverbs; irregular past participles. Direct object pronouns (lo, la, li, le) with past tense.


WEEK 3             Sept 16, 18           (TEST 1 on Wednesday)

Unit 2 “Ti posso offrire un caffè?”

Offer, order, pay for food and beverages in a "bar"

Indirect object pronouns (Gli-Le); Verbs mancare and piacere; The pronoun NE

WEEK 4     Sept 23, 25

Unit 2 - Extra Materials

Say what you are doing, describe places

Stare + gerundio 

WEEK 5     
Sept 30, Oct 2     (Test 2 on Wednesday)

Unit 4 “Firenze: Santa Maria Novella”

Give directions and advices.

Imperative tense

WEEK 6   Oct 7, 9

Unit 5 “In un angolo tranquillo di Firenze”

Describe people and buy clothes and shoes

Preposition DA, CON, A and DI . 

WEEK 7              Oct 14, 16       MIDTERM EXAM   on Wednesday

Unit 6 “Ricordi dal finestrino” 

Talk about memories and about childhood; describe people and places in the past; compare present and past describing the changes

Introduction to imperfect tense (basic use and conjugation)




WEEK 8                    Oct 21, 23       FIRST ORAL PROOF on Wednesday   

Unit 6 “Ricordi dal finestrino” ; 

Talk about past situations and experiences - 


WEEK 9       Oct 28, 30

Unit 7 "Tutte le strade portano a Roma"

Describe a place - Write a review on a specific place you visited - Invite someone and accept or refuse (make an appointment) - Express appreciation for a place or situation - say what you liked or didn't like

Passato prossimo of verb piacere - Passato prossimo with "mai" (Es: hai mai fatto un lungo viaggio?)- Review of adverbs of frequency - Pronoun CI - adjectives to descrive a place


WEEK 10            Nov 4, 6    (TEST 3 on Wednesday)  

Unit 8 “Ma guarda che coincidenza!” 

Tell about past experiences and events 

Passato prossimo vs imperfetto - Expressions for feelings (che caldo! che sete! etc.) - Conjunctions (perciò/ perché. Mentre / durante)


 WEEK 11         Nov 11, 13

Unit 8 “Ma guarda che coincidenza!”


WEEK 12    Nov 18, 20   

Unit 9 “Verdai che passerà” 

Talk about future – make a promise and plans

Future tense (futuro semplice) - Preposition of time "Da" and "tra"


 WEEK 13        Nov 25, 27 (Test 4 on Monday)    

Review and practice for the oral presentation.

 WEEK  14     Dec 2, 4     ORAL PRESENTATION  on Monday       

Final Review