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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 101"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Ada Bertini Bezzi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: Remote Learning
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 4
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit, except for Summer sessions, when it carries 3 semester hours of credit.
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course seeks to provide am introduction to Italian culture and society. Student work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

satisfy a limited number of immediate needs, such as greeting people and making introductions; describing people, things, everyday activities, and telling time; describing articles of clothing; conversing about food and eating habits, family and relatives; describing rooms and furniture, and talking about events in the past.

--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


TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
SPAZIO ITALIA VOL 1 + ESERCIZIARIO + DVDMaria Gloria Tommasini, Mimma Flavia DiacoLOHESHER9788820133498  
Grammar.it - Grammar for English -speakersGRUPPO CSCBONACCI978-88-7573-430-5  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
TestsThe two tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary coverd, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.30%
Final ExamFinal exam The final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability 30%
Oral Profinciency in-class oral activities and presentationStudents are examined singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests are: conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing. Conversations, monologues and role playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from the instructor.20%
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 cour
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:
Students are expected 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 absences. The final grade will be lowered by 1 point for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

If you should miss a class, please contact another student to find out what was covered that day so that you will be prepared for the next class.


DURING CLASS, PLEASE DO NOT:

- leave the room as it is distracting to the professor and to your classmates;

- answer your cell phone, read or send text messages;

- use your computer for anything not related to the class (e.g. Facebook)


MAKE-UPS

The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs  (Please see the John Cabot University Catalog and Student Handbook).


Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy
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

SCHEDULE

I week

Introduce yourself in Italian; Alphabet, numbers.Indefinite articles + nouns; present of essere verb;

 chi è, dov’è; some prepositions; che ora è/ che ore sono?

II week 

Present tense of essere and avere verbs; Formal Lei, informal tu; Infinitive of three regular verb conjugations; A che ora?

TEST 1

III week 

Definite articles; adjectives+nouns; present of andare verb; use of c’è, ci sono; present of three regular conjugations;

IV week 

Present of verbs in isc (preferire, capire,pulire, finire) -Interrogative pronouns; present of some irregular verbs: fare, stare, dare, bere, venire, uscire, dire

TEST 2

V week 

Dovere, potere volere verbs;  Reflexive verbs; Intro to past tense (passato prossimo con essere e avere); some irregular past participle;

Oral presentation

FRIDAY June 22: FINAL EXAM