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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 101-3"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elena Grillo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:00-2:50 PM
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:

Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

  • Satisfy a limited number of immediate needs.
  • 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
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
New Italian Espresso_Workbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate_EBOOKGruppo italiaideaAlma EdizioniISBN: 9788861825123 Be careful! This is an ebook version of the workbook.
New Italian Espresso_Textbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate+EBOOKGruppo italiaideaAlma Edizioni 9788861826830 This version contains a Code to receive the ebook too.
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
3 tests 15%
midterm exam  25%
Final Exam  25%
Oral proficiency 15%
Class participation 10%
Homework 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 co
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 classparticipation.Students are allowed three (four if it’s an eight-credit course) 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.

Two late entrances count as one absence.

MAKE-UPS

Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue 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

Please note that the schedule is subject to change at the professor’s discretion

SCHEDULE

WEEK

WEEK/

UNIT

SPEAKING/

WRITING

GRAMMAR

COMMUNICATIVE

 FUNCTION

CULTURE

1.

Sept.

21/23

1/1

Primi

 contatti

Introduction

Ciao o buongiorno

Come ti chiami?

Alfabeto

C come Ciao

E tu di dove sei?

Sei italiano?

Numeri da 0-20

Qual è il tuo numero?

Textbook, pp. 12-21

Essere and

chiamarsi;

Alphabet

Adjectives of nationality

Textbook:23

Regular verbs

Greeting people

Introducing yourself

Asking pronunciation/

spelling

Asking nationality

Saluti

 2.

Sept .

28/30

+

Oct. 2

(make-up day)

2/2

Buon

appetito!

Che cos’è questo?

In un bar

In trattoria

Il conto per favore

Textbook, pp. 26-35–

29

Nouns

Questo and Quello

Definite articles

Indefinite articles

Numbers from 0 100

Textbook:37

Asking meaning

and translation of

a word

Asking for

telephone numbers

Saying goodbye

Ordering in a caffè

/restaurant

Ristornate,

Trattoria...

o?

3.

Oct.

5/7

Test 1

3

Io e

gli altri

Presentare qualcuno

Che lavoro fa?

Posti di lavoro

I numeri da 100 in poi

Una straniera in Italia

Come va?

Textbook, pp. 40-49

Verbs in –ARE

Fare, essere and avere:

third person sing

Peculiarities of nouns

Simple prepositions

Numbers from 100 onwards

Formal and informal

Textbook: 51

Introducing someone

Asking and giving

personal details

Days of the week

Talking about work

Speaking formally

Notizie

sull’Italia

4.

Oct.

12/14

4

Il tempo

Libero

Verbi

Riflessivi

Handout

Il tempo libero

Che cosa fai nel

tempo libero?

Un email da Berlino

Che cosa fai il fine

 settimana?

Italiano per studenti

Ti piace?

I giovani e la

Discoteca

Textbook: 54-65

Fare, andare, stare

Verbs Sapere and

conoscere

Adverbs of frequency

The verb piacere

Asking questions

Textbook: 67

Reflexive verbs

Talking about leisure

time

Talking how often

you do things

Expressing likes and preferences

I luoghi

Più visitati

D’Italia

5.

Oct.

19/21

Test 2

5

In giro

per

 l’Italia

La vita in un’altra

citta’

Viaggio di lavoro

Textbook : 70-74

Che posto è?

Chiedere indicazioni

Scusi, sa che ore

sono?

Textbook pgs.:74-81

-

Adjectives (1)

Irregular verbs: present

Textbook:83

C’è/Ci sono

Adjectives (2)

Textbook:83

Describing a place

Asking and giving

directions

Asking and telling

time

Una strada,

molti nomi

6.

Oct.

26/28

6

In Albergo

Che cosa significa?

L’albergo ideale

Una prenotazione

Textbook pgs. 68 – 72

Avrei un problema

Piccoli annunci

Una lettera dalle vacanze

A che ora?

Textbook pp. 86-95

Review Midterm

Exam

Modal verbs

           

Bene/Buono, Male/Cattivo, Brutto

The months

Ordinal numbers

Combined prepositions

Textbook: 97

Booking a hotel room

Complaining/

Offering a solution

Describing a house

Asking and giving info

About a house

Timetable info

Mancia e scontrino:

come

funziona?

7.

Nov.

2/4

ORAL EXAM 1 –

Midterm Exam

November 4

8.

Nov.

9/11

+Nov. 13

Make-up day

7

Un fine

settimana

Tante idee per

partire

Tanti saluti da…

Che freddo!

E domenica?

Textbook pp.:111

 Passato prossimo

Irregular past Participles

Past time expressions

Textbook:113

Planning a trip

Talking about a trip

Talking about

 the weather

Dove

andiamo

In vacanza?

9.

Nov

16/18

 

7

Un fine

settimana

Già appena,non ancora

Vorrei qualche informazione

Textbook pp. 109-110

Adverbs of time

Ci vuole/ci vogliono

Asking info

 in a travel agency

10.

Nov

23/25

Test 3

8

Vita

Quotid-

iana

Ti alzi presto la

mattina?

Saluti da Londra

Il sabato di Davide

Feste e ricorrenze:

auguri!

Cosa dici in queste

 Occasioni?

Textbook: 116-125

Present tense of

reflexive verbs

Position of reflexive

Pronouns

Textbook: 127

Talking about

Working hours

Describing a typical

day

Describing your daily

Routine

Best wishes and

Congratulations

Describing holidays

And traditions

Cosa

regalano gli italiani?

11.

Nov

30/ Dec.1

9

La fami

glia

La famiglia fa notizia

Vive ancora con i

genitori

Carissimo diario

Genitori vicini e

Lontani

Textbook:130-139

Possessive adjectives

Possessive adjectives

with words denoting

Family relationship

Passato prossimo of

reflexive verbs

Textbook: 141

Identifying family

Relationship

Describing your family

I gesti

italiani

12.

Dec. 7/9

Oral Exam 2

Review

Final Exam

Final Exams

December 11-14