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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 202"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian II "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Franceschi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 11:30-12:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 201
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills. Short stories, newspaper articles, and films supplement the textbook.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

 

This course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing. Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.

The course is designed to review and study in depth the following grammar items:

  • Subjunctive mode: present, past, imperfect, and trapassato: Indicative Vs. Subjunctive
  • Passato Remoto
  • Formal Imperative
  • Past and present Conditional
  • If clause (periodo ipotetico)

Passive voice, impersonal forms, and Si passivante

  • Relative pronouns
  • Gerundio and Infinitive
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

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

Understand written and spoken Italian at the upper intermediate level

Participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using present, Past,

Conditional, Subjunctive, and Future.

Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings

Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval

Comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts

Produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future tenses

Understand and use the subjunctive mood

Express possibility and impossibility

Make conjectures

Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings of upper-intermediate level texts

Produce written texts on a variety of topics, using present, past, conditional, and future

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Percorso Italia B1/B2Patota RomanelliGarzanti linguistica9788848040426  
I verbi italianiSonia Bailini/Silvia ConsonnoAlma Edizioni88-86440-871  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 tests and 2 compositions 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.20%
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.20%
Oral proficiency In-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 instructor20%
Class Participation and homework Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice.20%

-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 December 13th.

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 four unjustified 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 2,4     

Introduce yourself

Talk about past events. Imperfect, Passato prossimo, and Trapassato prossimo (review)

 

 Week 2

 

September 9,11

 

UNIT 7 Notizie per tutti from page 121

Present Subjunctive. Perfect Conditional

 

 Week 3 

 

September 16,18       

 

UNIT 8 Cerco casa    

Give advice. Give an order.

Formal imperative.

 

September 18        QUIZ 1

 

 Week 4 

 

September 23, 25

 

UNIT 8
Talk on the phone. Complain and apologize.. Imperative with pronouns. Introduction to the past subjunctive.

 

 

                    

                       

 Week 5 

 

Sept. 30, October 2

 

UNIT 9
Express your opinion about a movie.
Subjunctive imperfetto.

 

 Week 6 

 

October 7,9

 

UNIT 9

Read a review.Relative pronoun che. Adverbs ending in -mente.

 

 

October  9     In class composition 1     

             

 Week 7 

 

October 14                   Ripasso per il midterm            

 

October 16      MIDTERM

 

 Week 8 

 

October 21,23

 

UNIT 10

Talk about books.  

Express doubts and personal opinions. Use of the future.          

 

October 21             Oral presentation 1

 

 Week 9 

 

October 28,30

 

UNIT 10
Read a paragraph of a book.Conjunctions. Relative pronoun cui. Passato remoto.
 

 

 

 Week 10 

 

November  4,6            

 

UNIT 11
Espress your point of view on a topic.

Relative pronoun il quale.

 

 

 

 Week 11 

 

 

November 11,13  

UNIT 11

Express contrast. Passive form.

   

Nobember 11 QUIZ 3

 

 

 Week 12 

 

November 18,20      

 

UNIT 12
Expressing hypothetical situations. Summarize information.
Subjunctive trapassato. Hypotetical situations.

 

 

 Week 13

 

November 25,27  

 

UNIT 12

Reporting what others said.
Indirect speech.

    

 

November 27               In class composition

 

 Week 14

 

                         

 

December 2     Oral presentation 2    

 

December 4      Final Review

 

 

 

December 9-13   Final Examination