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COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020

INSTRUCTOR: Federica Capoferri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:50 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 201 (As of Fall 2022: Placement or IT 201 with a grade of C or above)

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.
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

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 finite moods (indicative, subjunctive, conditional, and imperative) in present, past and future tense. 

-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.

-Express possibility and impossibility

-Make conjectures.

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
Spazio Italia 4. Manuale + Eserciziario B2. E-BOOKMaria Gloria TommasiniLoescher9788857710310 I suggest you to use the ebook but this implies that you come to class with a device to read it. You can of course opt for the paper version: EAN: 9788820133511   

two oral presentations 10 minutes RECORDED ORAL presentations (without reading). You are welcome to use visual support such as power points but you are required to talk without reading. For instruction on how to record your presentation please see: https://jcuoncloud.sharepoint.com/teams/IT/SitePages/Record-a-video-using-Microsoft-Teams.aspx 15 %
Class Participation and HomeworkStudents are supposed to actively participate to all the in-class activities and to come to class with all the homework done. All the home assignments must be submitted on Moodle. 10%
Midterm ExamDivided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading Comprehension; Composition.20%
2 in-class tests Grammar and vocabulary; listening; reading comprehension; composition.15%
Final exame Final exam is divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary in context, Reading comprehension, and Composition.25%
Home compositions200 words compositions on given topics.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.


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.
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.


SCHEDULE. Please note that the Instructor can make changes. Please note that no make-ups are allowed for any of the graded assignments.

 WEEK I (Sept 22, 24)

 Spazio Italia 4. Unit 1 “Ho viaggiato da Nord a Sud”.

Grammar: Review Pronouns, Indicative Tenses. Communicative Skills: Talks about geographical places, trips, relationships between places and people. Cultural contents:  Italian regions, cities, local and global cultures.

 WEEK 2 (Sept 29, Oct 1)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 2 “Torino fu la prima capitale d’Italia”

Grammar: Passato remoto; Trapassato remoto. Communicative skills: Tell past events; talk about past famous people; talk about historical events. Cultural contents: Introduction to the history of modern Italy. Italy’s Unification.

 WEEK 3 (Oct 6, 8, 9)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 2. Continue. + Unit 3 “Il Parlamento è eletto da tutti I cittadini”.

Grammar: Passato remoto, passato prossimo, and imperfetto. Some relative pronouns. Passive form. Communicative skills: talk about past events; talk about Italian politics and governmental structure; make comparison with other national political structures. Cultural contents: Italian administrative and political structure. Italian Constitution.

 WEEK 4 (Oct 13, 15, 16)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 3. Continue.

Grammar: Passive form; passive SI vs. impersonal SI; Indefinitive adjectives (selection). Communicative skills: talk about Italian private and public life; talk about Italian politics and bureaucracy. Cultural Contents: Italian Republic system; Italian President; Italian Constitution.


 WEEK 5 (Oct 20, 22)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 4: “È importante impegnarsi affinché le cose vadano meglio”

Grammar: Present subjunctive. Communicative Skills: talk about Italian job market and entrepreneurship; express opinions on different working environments; talk about Italian manufacture tradition. Cultural contents: Made in Italy.

 WEEK 6 (Oct 27, 29)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 4. Continue

Grammar: Past subjunctive; subjunctive moods in subordinate clauses. Communicative skills: prepare a job interview. Cultural contents: Italian job market.  

OCT 29:  Home composition 1 DUE

 WEEK 7 (Nov 3, 5)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 5 “Credevo che fosse agli Uffizi”.

Grammar: Imperfect Subjunctive. Comunicative Skills: describe art works; talk about your relationship with fine arts. Cultural contents: Italian cultural and artistic heritage.

NOV. 5: Oral Presentation 1 (to be recorded and show to the class via microsoft team)

 WEEK 8 (Nov 10, 12, 13)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 5; Continue.

Grammar: Plusperfect subjunctive. Communicative skills: talk about works of art. Cultural contents: major Italian artists and artistic periods.

Review for Midterm.


 WEEK 9 (Nov 17, 19)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 6: “Avrei fatto volentieri lo scrittore!”

Grammar: Past Participle; Simple and Past Infinitive. Communicative skills: talk about writers and literary works; express ideas and comments on Italian literature. Cultural contents: introduction to the history of Italian language; literature in the era of digital devices.

NOV. 19: Oral presentation 2. (recorded on video)

 WEEK 10 (Nov 24, 26)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 6. Continue + Unit 7 “Se potessi, andrei ogni sera a un concerto!”

Grammar: Simple and Past conditional; Present and Past Gerundive. Communicative skills: talk about music, composers, singers; express preferences and comments on your relationship with music. Cultural contents: Italian opera; Italian classic and pop music.


 WEEK 11 (Dec. 1, 3)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 7. Continue.

Grammar: Hypothetical tenses. Communicative skills: organize concerts, interview singers and composers. Cultural contents: today’s Italy popular music.

DECEMBER 3: Home composition 2 DUE

 WEEK 12 ( Dec. 10)

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 8 “Alessandra dice che vorrebbe tornare a vivere in Italia.

Grammar: Introduction to indirect speech.

Review for Final.


WEEK 13 (Dec. 11, 14)

Final Exam Week