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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 203"
COURSE NAME: "Intensive Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Valentina Dorato
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 9:55-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 6
PREREQUISITES: This course, which is the equivalent of 201 + 202, carries 6 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102 or IT 103
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course meets four times per week and covers the equivalent of a full year of intermediate language study (IT 201 and IT 202) in one semester. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to consolidate language skills in a short time.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Course Description:  IT 203 covers the equivalent of a full year of intermediate language study (IT 201 and IT 202). The language is presented in a variety of authentic contexts including short stories, music, newspaper and magazine articles, and films. Class discussions are an important part of the course and participation is necessary to determine the final grade. Students will also give oral presentations and write compositions based on the topics discussed in class.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Assessment Tools:

Listening

·       In-class listening activities and exams: Students listen to the instructor reading texts, usually from the required textbook or other material, the duration of which will be of at least 1000-1200 words. Students answer (in writing) to an increasing number of questions that test their comprehension of what they have heard.

Speaking

·       In-class oral activities and exams: Students are examined singularly and in pairs or in little groups. The type of tests are: conversation between the two students or the little groups, monologues, role playing. The multiplicity of situations and the request to express personal opinions increase from elementary level to advanced level. Conversations, monologues and role playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from the instructor from a list known to the students.                      

Reading         

·       In-class activities and exams: Students read an increasing number of texts of increasing length, complexity and of different genres, ranging from public to personal opinions; from narrative to informative; from argumentative, and explicative, to cultural and academic. They answer in writing to several questions that test their comprehension of what they have read.

Writing

·       Homework assignments and exams: Students answer written questions and produce written texts of increasing length, formality and complexity on topics of every day life, personal feelings, impressions, and  professional experiences and opinions of common and social interest.

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Un nuovo giorno in Italia B1Chiappini De FilippoBonacci Editori9788820133887  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Compositions (2) (15%) 15%
10 Mini quizzes (grammar, vocabulary, listening, writing, oral quizzes) (every Tuesday unless stated differently) (20%); 20%
-- Midterm exam: (15%); 15%
-- Final exam (20%); 20%
-- Final oral proficiency test (10%)  10%
-- Oral presentation: (5%) 5%
Active participation, preparation and homework (15%); 15%

-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
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 four unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. If you arrive late to class, after three times it will count as 1 absent. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule.

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  SETTIMANA    

 

   Introduzione al corso.

 
 

 

 

Argomenti e abilità:         

 

 

 

•       Un’intervista invadente

 

•       Ad una festa…

 

•       Webmania, un concorso letterario

 

•       Studiare all’estero? Pro e contro

 

Grammatica:                         Ripasso da soli:

 

•       Articoli, nomi, aggettivi  (concordanza)

 

•       Indicativo presente verbi regolari e irregolari

 

•       Aggettivi e pronomi possessivi

•       Passato prossimo indicativo

 

Ripasso insieme:

•        Verbi riflessivi

•        Pronomi diretti, indiretti, riflessivi

•        Passato prossimo verbi regolari e irregolari

 

 

II   SETTIMANA 

 

Martedì: CONSEGNA dei compiti di ripasso.

 

QUIZ 1

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 •       Università e lavoro

 

•       Il progetto Erasmus

 

•       CV e ricerca di lavoro; il precariato dei giovani

 

•       Spezzone di film: Tutta la vita davanti.

 

•       I cinque sensi e l’apprendimento.

 

Grammatica:                   

 

•       Alcuni segnali discorsivi.

 

•       Alcuni verbi seguiti da preposizioni

 

 III  SETTIMANA 

 QUIZ 2             

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 •       Ricordi di infanzia.

 

•       Architettura.

 

•       Descrivere una città.

 

Grammatica:                       

 •       Imperfetto/passato prossimo (ripasso approfondito)

 

•       Alcuni verbi che usano ESSERE e AVERE al passato prossimo.

 

•       I pronomi relativi 

•       L’imperativo informale

                                

IV  SETTIMANA  
QUIZ 3

 

 Consegna della 1 composizione. 

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 
•       Siamo quello che mangiamo, o no?

 

•       Il cibo come cultura.

 

•       Agricoltura biologica e OGM

 

•       Eataly.

 

•       Espressioni per aprire e chiudere una relazione in pubblico

 

Grammatica:                            

 

•       “L’imperativo formale” (congiuntivo esortativo)

 

•       La posizione dei pronomi con l’imperativo.

 

•       I pronomi doppi.

 

 V  SETTIMANA 

 Presentazione orale.

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       Parole in viaggio

 

•       Leggere e inventare una poesia.

 

•       I miei luoghi del cuore.

 

Grammatica:

 

•      Il cui possessivo.

 

•      Avverbi in -mente

 

•       La forma impersonale

 

•       I pronomi indefiniti

 

•       Condizionale (prima parte)

 

VI SETTIMANA  

 

MIDTERM EXAM: 

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 

•       Scoprire gli altri, conoscere se stessi: la letteratura di viaggio.

 

Grammatica:

 

•       Condizionale (continua)

 

     

Ripasso:  Ripasso in preparazione al Midterm.

 

VII SETTIMANA 

 

QUIZ 5

 
Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       La letteratura

 

•       Espressioni per descrivere un testo letterario

 

•       Cosa penso di…

 

•       Gli stereotipi sui vari popoli…

 

•       Maschile e femminile. Italiani e Europei (video di Bruno Bozzetto)

 

 Grammatica:

•        Il modo congiuntivo. Introduzione e forma presente e passato

 

VIII   SETTIMANA 

 

QUIZ 6

 Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       Che cosa da scoprire?

 

•       Scoperte passate.

 

•       Un po’ di storia…

 

•       Vedo e prevedo… Una veggente…

 

Grammatica:                       

 

•        Il congiuntivo (continua…)

 

•        I connettivi

 

•        Il futuro della possibilità e il futuro anteriore

 

IX  SETTIMANA 

 QUIZ 7

 

Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       Io sono il tuo specchio: il cervello e le emozioni

 

•       Espressioni per parlare di studi scientifici

 

Grammatica:                                 

 
•       La particella NE

 

•       Pronomi doppi

 

                            

X SETTIMANA 

Consegna 2 composizione

QUIZ 8

  

Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       Le università

 

•       Donne e università, tra passato e presente.

 

Grammatica:              

 

•       Passato remoto, riconoscimento.

 

•       Trapassato prossimo indicativo

 

•       Congiuntivo (continua…)

 

 XII SETTIMANA 

Esame orale finale.

Argomenti e abilità:          

 

 •       Le feste in Italia.

 

•       Le competenze linguistiche degli italiani e l’italiano nl cinema.

 

•       Il cinema italiano.

 

•       Proverbi italiani.

 

•       La figura di Don Milani.

 

Grammatica:

 

•        Il periodo ipotetico

 

•        Alcune congiunzioni con il congiuntivo
 

Ripasso per il final

 Dove siamo arrivati…?

 

 

 

Please, be advised that course schedule might change in according to class needs.