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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 201"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian I "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Gina Siddu Pilia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 3:05-4:25 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102, or IT 103
OFFICE HOURS: Foreign language Resource Center, Tiber campus, 1st floor from 10:00am to 3:00 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT 102. This course focuses on consolidating the student’s ability to use Italian effectively. Emphasis is given to grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Selected readings and films acquaint students with contemporary Italy.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Italian 201, which is conducted solely in Italian, is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points: 

  • Direct, Indirect, and reflexive Pronouns.
  • Verbs with irregular Present tense.
  • Verbs with irregular Past Participle.
  • Use of the auxiliary verbs Essere and Avere.
  • Use of Passato Prossimo and Imerfect.
  • Definite article with geographic names, and after senza and con.
  • Use of prepositions.
  • Plus-quam-perfect (Trapassato Prossimo).
  • Simple and combined Conditional.
  • Reflexive verbs.
  • Combined pronouns.
  • Imperative with pronouns.
  • Pronominal verbs.
  • Impersonal forms and Si impersonal.
  • Relative pronouns.
  • Simple and combined Future.
  • Present and Past Subjunctive.
  • Conjunctions
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:
  • Understand written and spoken Italian at the intermediate level.
  • Participate in conversations on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Conditional, Future, Imperative, and Subjunctive tenses.
  • Ask for and obtain information.
  • Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval.
  • Comprehend the general meaning and details of intermediate level texts.

Produce brief texts on a variety of topics using Present, Past, Future, Conditional, Imperative, and Subjunctive. 

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Spazio Italia 3 - B1 - ebookTommasini & DiacoLoeshere-ISBN: 9788857712130  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Midterm Exam 20%
2 Oral presentations 20%
Final Exam 30%
Homework & Participation 10%
2 Tests 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:

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 three (3) 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.

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 

WEEK 1

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Describe people and personality

Stereotypes of Italians

Verbs with irregular present tense

Invariable / independent / irregular nouns

Words and expressions to describe a person

Introducing people in formal and informal situations

Schools and Universities for the study of Italian Language

Verbs with irregular past participle

Direct, indirect, reflexive pronouns

Professions

 WEEK 2

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Tell a personal experience

Dante Alighieri

Use of the auxiliary verbs Essere and Avere with Passato Prossimo.

 

Hobbies

Talk about the experience of learning Italian

A poem by Dante Alighieri

 

 

 

 

Video: Why do you study Italian?

 

 

 

 

Personality test and Italian social network

 

 

 

 WEEK 3



Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Talk about a town

Regions, provinces, and municipalities in Italy

Use of Passato Prossimo and Imperfect

Definite articles with geographic names

Cardinal points

Talk about the changes in a town through the years

Piazza Maggiore in Bologna

Plus – quam – perfect : Trapassato Prossimo

Use of the definite article after senza and con

Geographic places

 WEEK  4 - 5

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Tell a personal experience about living in a certain town

Aldo Rossi

Plus – quam – perfect : Trapassato Prossimo

Prepositions

Places and attractions of a town

Express opinions about city and country life

La Torre degli Asinelli

 

 

Entertainment and city Services

 

Video: Italian towns

 

 

Moving around in a town and the country side

 WEEK 6

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Looking for a job in Italy

The world of work in Italy

Present Conditional of regular and irregular verbs

 

Useful vocabulary for searching a job

                                                                                  

WEEK 7                                                                   Oral presentation 1 and Midterm Exam 

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Reading and answering a job ad

Il lingotto di Torino

Past Conditional

 

Personal information

 

Immacolata Simioli

 

 

Work experience

CV and job interview

Mammut by Antonio Pennacchi

 

 

Employers

 

Video: The world of work

 

 

Work schedule, type of contracts and salary, job prerequisites

 

Telling a love story

Matrimonio all’italiana

Verbs of reciprocity

 

Love language

WEEK 8  

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Organizing an important event

Verona

Imperative

Double pronouns

Preparing for a wedding

Making appointments

Famous lovers

 

Imperative with pronouns

 

Message exchange

Video: Una famiglia numerosa

Pronominal verbs

 

Feelings and emotions

WEEK 9 - 10

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Ecology in daily life

Ecology associations in Italy

Impersonal forms

Relative pronoun cui

Environmental protection

Garbage issue in Italy

L’Adorazione dei Magi by Perugino

Si impersonal

 

 

Recycling

Video: Legambiente

 

 

 

 

WEEK 11

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Talking about magazines and newspapers

Italian magazines and newspaper

Simple and combined Future

Conjunctions

Newspaper

Different sections of a magazine / newspaper

Via Solferino, Milan

 

 

Read and choose a newspaper

Read and discuss an article

Italian Novels on magazine

 

 

 

 WEEK 12                

Functions / notions

Italian Culture

Verb forms

Grammar

Lexis

Express opinion, feelings and doubts

Volunteering in Italy

Present and Past Subjunctive

 

People around us

Tell experiences of other people

Christmas lunch for poor people

 

 

Italian moral values

Assert your own point of view

 

Video: la città delle donne

 

Volunteering

 

Final Review
PRESENTATION 2       
FINAL EXAM (TBD)