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COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Federica Capoferri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30 AM 12:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 201

A continuation of IT 201. While continuing the review of grammar, the course emphasizes the development of reading and composition skills. Short stories, newspaper articles, and films supplement the textbook.
This course concentrates on consolidating specific communicative tasks, including stating opinions and constructing hypotheses, in both speaking and writing. Specialized vocabulary is expanded and appropriate variables in register are introduced in expository writing and conversation.
The course is designed to review and study in depth the following grammar items:
  • Subjunctive mode: present, past, imperfect, and trapassato: Indicative Vs. Subjunctive
  • Passato Remoto
  • Formal Imperative
  • Past and present Conditional
  • If clause (periodo ipotetico)
  • Passive voice, impersonal forms, and Si passivante
  • Relative pronouns
  • Gerundio and Infinitive

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

-Understand written and spoken Italian at the upper intermediate level

-Participate in complex conversations on a variety of topics, using finite moods (indicative, subjunctive, conditional, and imperative) in present, past and future tense. 

-Ask for and obtain information in a variety of settings.

-Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval

-Comprehend the general meaning and details of upper-intermediate level texts

-Produce written texts on a variety of topics.

-Express possibility and impossibility

-Make conjectures.

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Spazio Italia 4. Manuale + Eserciziario B2. E-BOOK Maria Gloria TommasinLoescher9788857710310  

two oral presentations 10 minutes RECORDED ORAL presentations (without reading). You are welcome to use visual support such as power points but you are required to talk without reading. For instruction on how to record your presentation please see: https://jcuoncloud.sharepoint.com/teams/IT/SitePages/Record-a-video-using-Microsoft-Teams.aspx 10 %
Class Participation and HomeworkStudents are supposed to actively participate to all the in-class activities and to come to class with all the homework done. Students are required to attend classes in person on in synchronous modality. the camera SHOULD BE ON and students are expected to answer to the instructor' questions and interact with classmates. Students are also supposed to follow the Ethical Guidelines posted on Moodle. All the home assignments must be submitted on Moodle. BY THE DUE DATE. Homework Grading Criteria: for each assignment you will receive one of these 3 feedbacks: a) 100/100 accurate, complete, with evidence of progress (this does not mean that you are not supposed to make mistakes but that you are expected to incorporate the professors' previous corrections and work thoughtfully on the exercises). b) 50/100 homework partially done, submitted after the deadline, little or no evidence of progress. c) 0/100 not submitted. More than 3 homeworked missed will result in a 0 in this portion of your grade.20%
Written Midterm ExamDivided in 4 parts: Listening; Grammar and Vocabulary in context; Reading Comprehension; Composition.15%
2 in-class tests Grammar and vocabulary; listening; reading comprehension; composition.15%
Written Final examFinal exam is divided in 4 parts: Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary in context, Reading comprehension, and Composition. 20%
Oral Midterm Exam15 minutes oral exam on the grammar and cultural topics covered in the first part of the semester.10 %
Oral Final Exam15 minutes oral cumulative exam10 %

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.


You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.
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.
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 Instructor can make changes. Please note that no make-ups are allowed for any of the graded assignments.

 WEEK I. Jan 19, 21

 Spazio Italia 4. Unit 1 “Ho viaggiato da Nord a Sud”.

Grammar: Review: Passato Prossimo vs. Imperfetto. Communicative Skills: Talks about geographical places, trips, relationships between places and people. Cultural contents:  Italian regions, cities, local and global cultures.

 WEEK 2. Jan 26, 28

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 2 “Torino fu la prima capitale d’Italia”

Grammar: Passato remoto; Trapassato remoto. Communicative skills: Tell past events; talk about past famous people; talk about historical events. Cultural contents: Introduction to the history of modern Italy. Italy’s Unification.

 WEEK 3,  Febr. 2,4

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 2. Continue. + Unit 3 “Il Parlamento è eletto da tutti I cittadini”.

Grammar: Relative pronouns. Passive form. Communicative skills: talk about past events; talk about Italian politics and governmental structure; make comparison with other national political structures. Cultural contents: Italian administrative and political structure. Italian Constitution.

 WEEK 4, Febr. 9,11

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 3. Continue.

Grammar: Passive form; passive SI vs. impersonal SI; Indefinitive adjectives (selection). Communicative skills: talk about Italian private and public life; talk about Italian politics and bureaucracy. Cultural Contents: Italian Republic system; Italian President; Italian Constitution.

TEST 1. Febr 11

 WEEK 5 . Febr. 16,18

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 4: “È importante impegnarsi affinché le cose vadano meglio”

Grammar: Present subjunctive. Communicative Skills: talk about Italian job market and entrepreneurship; express opinions on different working environments; talk about Italian manufacture tradition. Cultural contents: Made in Italy.

 WEEK 6. Febr 23, 25

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 4. Continue

Grammar: Past subjunctive; subjunctive moods in subordinate clauses. Communicative skills: prepare a job interview. Cultural contents: Italian job market.  

 WEEK 7. March 2, 4

MIDTERM REVIEW + Midterm oral exams




WEEK 8. March 16, 18

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 5 “Credevo che fosse agli Uffizi”.

Grammar: Imperfect Subjunctive. Comunicative Skills: describe art works; talk about your relationship with fine arts. Cultural contents: Italian cultural and artistic heritage.

Oral Presentation 1 (to be recorded and show to the class via microsoft team). March. 3

 WEEK 9 . March 23, 25.

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 5; Continue.

Grammar: Plusperfect subjunctive. Communicative skills: talk about works of art. Cultural contents: major Italian artists and artistic periods.

 WEEK 10. March 30, April 1

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 6: “Avrei fatto volentieri lo scrittore!”

Grammar: Past Participle; Simple and Past Infinitive. Communicative skills: talk about writers and literary works; express ideas and comments on Italian literature. Cultural contents: introduction to the history of Italian language; literature in the era of digital devices.

 WEEK 11. April 6, 8

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 6. Continue 

Grammar: Simple and Past conditional; Present and Past Gerundive. Communicative skills: talk literary tests, authors, personal ideas on literature. Cultural contents: Italian literary tradition. 

TEST 2. April 8


 WEEK 12. April 13, 15

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 7. "Se potessi andrei ogni sera a un concerto".

Grammar: Hypothetical tenses. Communicative skills: organize concerts, interview singers and composers. Cultural contents: Italian opera; Italian classic and pop music. Oral presentation 2 April 15

 WEEK 13. April 20, 22.

Spazio Italia 4, Unit 7. Continue.+ Unit 8. "Alessandra dice che vorrebbe tornare a vivere in Italia".

Grammar: Direct and Indirect Speech. Communicative Skills: discuss regional Italian cultures. Cultural Contents: Dialects, Historical and cultural differences between Northern and Southern Italy

 WEEK 14. April 27, 29

Review for Final

Oral exams + Listening Comprehension.


Final Exam Week: May 3-7