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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 101-4"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Eliseo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 5:00-6:50 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: After class, by appointment

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:
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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

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

  • satisfy a very 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.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
New Italian Espresso_Textbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate+EBOOKGruppo ItaliaideaAlma Edizioni9788861826830 This version contains a Code to receive the ebook too.
New Italian Espresso_Workbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate_EBOOK Gruppo ItaliaideaAlma Edizioni9788861825123 Be careful! This is an ebook version of the workbook.
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
3 testsTests evaluate vocabulary and structures learned together in class, on Moodle, or by self-study15%
MidtermThe Midterm Exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.15%
FinalThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability20%
Oral ProficiencyOne in class dialogue (10%) One Oral Presentation (10%) All everyday in class or on Moodle activities in which speaking is required (5%) 25%
Class Participation and Homework (in class and on Moodle)Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities (individual, small groups, whole class works, Moodle activities such as assignments , forums, readings, videos, listening etc.). Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Participation also includes cooperation among students, and the possibility of sharing doubts or ideas about homework, class assignments or new topics that were studied. 25%

-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 unjustified absences. The final grade could be lowered for additional absences. 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).

FLRC

The JCU Foreign Language Resource Center offers tutoring sessions free of charge. The FLRC is located at the Tiber Campus on the first floor. To schedule an appointment with a tutor (or a writing coach for upper-level courses), please use the online booking system.

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

WEEK/

UNIT

SPEAKING/

WRITING

GRAMMAR

COMMUNICATIVE

FUNCTION

CULTURE

1.

Sept.

22/24

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

Essereand

chiamarsi;

 

Alphabet

 

Adjectives of nationality

Textbook:23

 

Regular verbs

 

 

Greeting people

 

Introducing yourself

 

Asking pronunciation/

spelling

 

Asking nationality

Saluti

2.

Sept .

29/ Oct 1

2/2

Buon

appetito!

Che cos’è questo?

In un bar

 

 

 

 

In trattoria

Il conto per favore

 

Textbook, pp. 26-35–

29

Nouns

QuestoandQuello

 

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.

6/8/9

 

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.

13/15/16

 

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

VerbsSapere and

conoscere

Adverbs of frequency

The verbpiacere

 

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.

20/22

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.

27/29

 

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.

3/5

 

- ORAL EXAM 1 

- Midterm Exam

November 5

 

 

8.

Nov.

10/12/13

 

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

17/19

 

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

24/26

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.

 

Dec. 1/3

 

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. 10

 

Oral Exam 2

Review

Final Exam

 

 

 

Final Exams

December 11-14