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

INSTRUCTOR: Federica Capoferri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 4:30 PM 5:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 301 or permission of the instructor

A continuation of IT 301, this course aims to refine and consolidate a high level of fluency in Italian, while deepening students’ understanding of the language’s cultural and intercultural components. By combining the academic study of advanced-level texts and audiovisual materials with a direct interaction with the Roman and Italian cultural and social environment, the course will acquaint students with a wide range of tools and skills to elaborate appropriate oral and written forms of expression according to context, showing a well-refined awareness of cultural differences and intercultural encounters.

As the previous level (IT 301), the overarching structure of the course is based on the analysis of a variety of written and audiovisual texts combined with activities developed in strict interaction with today’s Roman and Italian cultural, social, and artistic life. In-class activities and street-assignments will foster students’ ability to effectively communicate their personal, academic and professional interests as well as their capacity to understand and relate with cultural differences. Readings, screenings and discussions will address a wide range of subjects to engage students in a constructive and culturally aware dialogue with Italian traditions, artifacts and practices. The grammar component will include: advanced use of subjunctive in subordinate clauses, connectors and cohesive devices, indefinite verbs (infinitive, participles, and gerundive forms), consecution temporum with different verbal tense and moods. Particular emphasis will be given to the production of written texts on increasingly complex subjects.

Prequisite: IT 301, Placement test or WRITTEN permission by the Instructor. JCU degree-seeking students who have not taken IT 301 before registering for this course are required to take the on-line placement test. Visiting students are strongly encouraged to take the test as well to be sure to enroll in the right level.



Upon completing this course, students should possess an advanced proficiency in Italian language corresponding to the C1 benchmark of the European Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In particular, students should be able to:

-Convey finer shades of meaning precisely by using, with reasonable accuracy, a wide range of qualifying devices (e.g. adverbs expressing degree, clauses expressing limitations). 

-Sensitively explain the background to, interpret and discuss aspects of, Italian cultural values and practices, while drawing on intercultural encounters, readings, films, and other audiovisual materials.

-Understand a wide range of recorded and broadcast audio material, including some non-standard usage, and identify finer points of detail including implicit attitudes and relationships between speakers.

-Distinguish the different typologies of texts, and understand and summarize various topics.

-Produce different types of text using complex syntax, appropriate expressions and precise vocabulary. Apply the structures necessary for the production of both creative and practical texts.

-Use different registers of Italian, in relation to the text chosen and to students’ own personal and professional needs.

-Identify ‘sub-standard’ usage of language such as ‘regional’ Italian.


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Nuovo Espresso 5G. Massei- R. BellagambaAlma Editori Ean: 9788861825062 Shoud you prefer the ebook this is the EAN: Ean: 9788861825147

Class participation and progress + homeworkYour participation grade will reflect your attendance, effort, and progress. Progress means that students are supposed to carefully work on their mistakes and show an active work on incorporating the instructor's corrections in their home and in-class assignment. Students advised by the Instructor to go to the FLRC Writing Center are expected to go there on regular basis. Students who will follow in remote are required to keep the CAMERA ON and to actively interact with the rest of the class. Homework are supposed to be turned by the given deadline. Any late submission will be penalized (2 points less each day of delay). 20%
2 in-class tests30 minutes tests on the grammar and cultural materials covered in class.20%
midtermIn-class exam composed of reading comprehension, grammar exercises, and a written composition.15%
finalCumulative exam composed of listening and reading comprehension, grammar exercises, and composition. 20%
Individual oral presentation on a topic related to class materials and discussions15 minutes RECORDED oral presentation and 2 pages written report on a topic previoulsy discussed with the Instructor. Instructions on how to record a video https://jcuoncloud.sharepoint.com/teams/IT/SitePages/Record-a-video-using-Microsoft-Teams.aspx 10%
Midterm Oral Exam20 minutes individual oral exam5 %
Final Oral Exam20 minutes individual oral 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 cours
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.

More than 2 classes missed will result in a 2 points taken away from your final grade for each additional absence. 
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.


WEEK 1, JAN. 19, 21 Introduction to the course. Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 1. “Quanta Italia c’è in te’”. Grammar: Review passato prossimo, imperfetto, and trapassato. Communicative Skills: colloquial expressions, emphatic use of prefix arci, stra, etc. Cultural contents: Beyond the Stereotypes on Italy and Italians.

 WEEK 2, JAN. 26, 28 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 2. “La nuova letteratura”. Grammar: Indicative Past Tenses. Communicative Skills: Understand and discuss contemporary literary texts. Cultural contents: Italian literature today.

 WEEK 3, FEBR. 2, 4 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 2. Continue. Grammar: Passato e Trapassato remoto. Communicative Skills: Talk about books. Cultural contents: Video and exercises “Il tempo non basta mai”.

 WEEK 4, FEBR. 9, 11 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 3 “Con la testa nel pallone”. Grammar: Consecution temporum with subjunctive mood. Communicative Skills: Express opinions on sport, provide suggestions, and formulate recommendations. Cultural contents: Italian soccer, its tradition, and its role today.

 WEEK 5, FEBRUARY 16, 18 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 3. Continue. Present and Past Conditional.

F. 18: Test 1 on chapter. 1,2,3.

WEEK 6, FEBR. 23, 25 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 4. “La grande bellezza”. Grammar: Present and Past Participles. Communicative Skills: Express emotions, wishes, hopes, and fears. Describe people, places, and events. Cultural contents: Italian artistic and cultural heritage.

 WEEK 7, MARCH 2, 4

March 2: Midterm Oral Exams. Review for Midterm.

March 4: Midterm Exam.


 WEEK 8, MARCH 16, 18 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 4. Continue+ Unit 5 “Il buon mangiare”. Grammar: Future of the past; Bello and buono used as intensifiers. Communicative Skills: Talk about past plans for future; express regrets and complains, use adjective as intensifiers. Cultural Contents: Italian Food and Culture.

 WEEK 9, MARCH 23, 25 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 5. Continue + Unit 6 “Parole in musica”. Grammar: Periodo ipotetico. Communicative Skills: Understand idiomatic and specific use of words. Cultural contents: Italian pop and classic music. In class writing practice.

 WEEK 10. MARCH 30, APRIL 1 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 6. Continue. Grammar: “che” polivalente; double relative pronouns, chi and quanto.

April 1: Test 2 on chapters 4,5,6.

WEEK 11. APRIL 6, 8 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 7 “Quanto sei figo?”. Grammar: infinitive and gerundive. Communicative Skills: Express causal and temporal relationships using implicit constructions with gerundive and infinitive. Use idiomatic expressions. Understand expression related to body language. Cultural contents: informal and expressive Italian.

WEEK 12. APRIL 13, 15 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 7. Continue.

APRIL 15: Oral Presentations.

 WEEK 13. APRIL 20, 22 Nuovo Espresso 5. Unit 9, “Donne d’Italia”. Grammar: Implicit periodo ipotetico; pleonastic non. Communicative Skills: Discuss figures and charts. Cultural contents: Italian women.

 WEEK 14. APRIL 27, 29

April 27. Final Oral Exams.

April 29. Listening Comprehension (Final). Review for Final


Final week: May 3-7