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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 103"
COURSE NAME: "Intensive Italian I "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Franceschi
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 IT 101 + IT 102, carries 6 semester hours of credit.
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course meets four times per week and covers the equivalent of a full year of elementary language study (Introductory Italian I and II) in one semester. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to develop communicative ability in Italian in a relatively short time.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

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 imperative.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso Italia A1-A2Patota-RomanelliGarzanti Linguistica9788848040419  
Gramm.itIacovoni-Persiano-FiorentinBonacci9788875734305  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
6 quizzesThe six quizzes are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and written ability. (one quiz will be dropped)20%
Midterm examThe 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. 
Final examThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and the vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability. 
Oral proficiencyIn-class oral activities and 2 oral presentations. Students are examined singularly, in pairs and in a small groups.The types of tests are: conversations between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role-playing. Conversations, monologues and role-playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from instructor 
Class participation and HomeworkHomework Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. 

-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:
This course meets four times per week and covers the equivalent of a full year of elementary language study (Introductory Italian I and II) in one semester. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to develop communicative ability in Italian in a relatively short time.

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 eight absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. Arriving in class with more than 5 minutes late will be considered half absence.


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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE PROFESSOR’S DISCRETION

 

 Week 1 

 

September 2,3,4,5

 

Introducing yourself . Present tense of the verbs Essere (to be), Chiamarsi (my name is....), Avere ( to have), Abitare (to live), and Studiare (to study). The Italian Alphabet. Pronunciation of soft and hard sounds. Numbers from 0 to 20. Idiomatic expressions with Avere or Essere.

UNIT 1                

Greetings. Introducing a person (formal and informal)

Present tense of the verb Presentare (to introduce).

Asking and telling a phone number.

 

 

 

 

Week 2

September 9,10,11,12

 

UNIT 2

Asking nationality. Nationalities. Ordering in a caffè.                      

Present tense of regular verbs and verbs in _ISC. Undefinite aticles. Nouns ending in –o and –a. Nouns ending in –e.

Prepositions a, di, da.

Numbers from 20 to 100.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12 QUIZ 1

 

 

 

Week 3 

September 16,17,18,19,20

 

UNIT 3

Talking about work. Jobs. Asking for address. Talking about family. Telling age and asking for age. Family nouns.

Present tense of Avere (toh ave) and Fare (to do). Definite articles.

 

SEPTEMBER 20 MAKE UP FOR THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28  

 Week 4 

September 23,24,25,26

UNIT 4

Talking about a typical day.Talking about how often you do something. Asking and tellina time. Days of the week.

Present tense of reflexive verbs. Adverbs of frequency. Present tense of irregular verbs andare (to go), uscire (to go out) and stare (to stay/to be).

 

SEPTEMBER 26 QUIZ 2

 

                       

 Week 5 

Sept. 30, October 1,2,3

 

UNIT 5 

Enrolling in a class. Seasons and months. Asking and giving timetable information. Writing a letter.

There is and there are. Simple prepositions. Compound prepositions. Present tens of Volere (to want).

 

 

 Week 6 

October 7,8,9,10

 

UNIT 6

Talking about leisure time. Expressing likes and preferences. Inviting someone. Best wishes and congratulations.

Present tens of modal verbs. Mi piace/mi piacciono (I like). In direct pronouns. Present continuous.

 

UNIT 7

Grocery shopping. Describing food and eating habits.

Direct pronom ne. Ci vuole/ci vogliono (you need).

 

OCTOBER 10         QUIZ 3

 

 Week 7 

October 14,15,16,17

UNIT 8

Asking and giving directions. Talking about the weather.

Present tense of sapere and conoscere (to know).

 

 

OCTOBER 15 ORAL PRESENTATION

OCTOBER 16 MIDTERM REVIEW

OCTOBER 17 MIDTERM

 

 

 Week 8 

October 21,22,23,24

 

UNIT 11

Talking about a trip.

Past tense. Past tense time adverbs.

 

 

         

Week 9 

October 28,29,30,31

 

UNIT 11

Past tense of irregular and reflexive verbs.

 

 

UNIT 9

Ordering in a restaurant. Asking for the check. Talking about food. Numbers 100-1.000.000.000

Direct pronouns. Adjectives.

 

 

OCTOBER 31 QUIZ 4

 

 

 

 Week 10 

November 4, 5,6,7

UNIT 10

Describing a house.

Superlatives. Possessive adjectives.

 

UNIT 11

Shopping for clothes. Giving a physical description of someone. Giving a description of someone’s personality.  Clothes. Colors.

 

 

 

 Week 11 

 

November 11,12,13,14

 

UNIT 12

 

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 14 QUIZ 5

 

 

 Week 12 

 

November 18, 19,20,21

 

UNIT 2 (Book 2)

 

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

Imperfect.

 

 

 

 Week 13

 

November 25 26,27

 

 UNIT 2 (Book 2)

 

Talking about past events.

Imperfect vs passato prossimo.

 

NOVEMBER 27 QUIZ 6

 

NOVEMBER 28 THANKSGIVING

 

 

 

 Week 14

 

December 2,3,4,5

               

December 4              Oral presentation

December 5                Final Review

 

 

 

December 9-13 Final Examination