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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 102"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Rosa Filardi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-1:20 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS:
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: Wednesday 11-12 by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.
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 future.
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
UN NUOVO GIORNO IN ITALIA A2L. CHIAPPINI-N. DE FILIPPOBONACCI EDITORE9788820128883 BOOK IS ON PAPER AND ON LINE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
   
3 TESTSThe three tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability30%
FINAL EXAMFinal exam: a 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: 20%
FINAL PROJECTA final individual or group project in agreement with the teacher will be a part of the FINAL EXAM10%
ORAL PROFICIENCYOral Proficiency: 10% In-class oral activities and presentation (video/audio) Students are examined singularly, in pairs or Iin small groups, trough guided conversations, monologues, role playing; 5% Oral final presentation in agreement with the teacher; 15%
ClASS ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION +HOMEWORKClass Attendance, participation & homework: Students are expected to be prepared for class and participate in all activities. Attendance and active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice; 15%
USE OF FORUM ON MOODLE 10%

-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:



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. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

Students are allowed three absences. The final grade will be lowered by 3 points for each additional absence. With more than 7 absences, the student will get an F for class participation and may fail the course.

Make-ups: The Midterm and Final Exam and Tests can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University catalog).
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

 
 

THIS IS A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE AND IT MAY CHANGE !!

Week 1  Introduction to the course and yourself. Warm up in class and on forums. Test d'ingresso-

Week 2  Review

 Communicative skills: Describe people and the environment; talk about typical day/week; make and answer questions in present tense; Grammar: Review of present tense of regular, irregularand reflexive verbs, use of possessives adj. ; Vocabulary: Daily life vocab; family members with possessives; Cultural contents: Italy and Rome; Italian people stereotypes and of different countries

Week 3 Episode 1 “Il viaggio continua “

Communicative skills: 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.
Grammar: Past tense - review and use of passato prossimo; 
Vocabulary: Name parts of the human body; expressions related to health; Cultural contents: Famous Italian people and artists

Week 4 TEST 1 –Episode 2 “Ti posso offrire un caffè?”

Communicative skills: Order food and drinks; describe Italian “caffé” and “bar”Grammar: Direct object pronouns; Vocabulary: Food, drinks; Cultural contents: Different countries / different foods / cultural differences

Week 5 Episode 2 continue

Grammar: indirect object pronouns; use of piacere, mancareverbs; use ofNEpronoun;

Week 6 Episode 4 “Firenze Santa Maria Novella”

Communicative skills: Ask and give directions; give instructions and advices;Grammar: Imperative tense regular and irregular forms; negative imperative; use of preposition di+ articles;Vocabulary: Ask and give directions; a bit of architecture and art lexicon; Cultural contents: Traveling and travelers

Week 7  TEST 2—Episode 5 “”In un angolo tranquillo di Firenze”

Communicative skills: Describe clothes and shoes; go shopping; Grammar: Use of prepositions DA, A, CON, DI; use of quale-quali/quello-quella…Vocabulary: Clothing; Cultural contents: Fashion and styles in different cultures

Week 8  Episode 6 “Ricordi dal finestrino”

Communicative skills: Talk about own's memories and past situations and experiences; describe people, places, situations from the past; Grammar: Imperfect tense of regular and irregular conjugations, of essere and avereVocabulary: Time expressions with imperfect tense; Cultural contents: Comparison between past and present habits and lifestyles

Week 9 Episode 7 “Tutte le strade portano a Roma”

Cultural contents: Describing “Roma Caput Mundi”- Pro e contro / different experiences and visions; TEST 3

Week 10  Episode 8 “Ma guarda che coincidenza!!

Communicative skills: Telling past situations and events; talking about different past experiences in different context; Grammar: Use of Imperfetto/Passato prossimo; Vocabulary: Use of mentre, perciò, perché, durante

Week 11 Episode 9 “Vedrai che passerà”

Communicative skills: Talking about the future: making promises, projects;make assumptions and predictions; Grammar: Future tense regular and irregular conjugation, essere and avere; Vocabulary: Time prepositions: da, fra/tra; Cultural Contents: The new world: dreams, hopes, personal and non-personal projects; different views and hypotheses

Week 12   Oral exam- Review

FINAL EXAM 11-14 December (TBA)