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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 101-2"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Eliseo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:00 PM 2:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 60
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 Italiaidea Alma Edizioni9788861826830  This version contains a Code to receive the ebook too
New Italian Espresso_Workbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate_EBOOKGruppo Italiaidea Alma Edizioni 9788861825123 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

                            

WEEK

WEEK/

UNIT

SPEAKING/

WRITING

GRAMMAR

COMMUNICATIVE

FUNCTION

CULTURE

1.

Jan 18, 20

 

1/1

Primi

Contatti

- Introduction

- Ciao o buongiorno?

- Come ti chiami?

- The Alphabet

- C come Ciao

- E tu di dove sei?

- Sei italiano?

- Numbers 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 (Greetings)

2.

Jan 25, 27

 

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 café/restaurant

 

Where do we eat, Ristorante, Trattoria...o?

3.

Feb 1, 3

Test 1

3

Io e gli altri

 

 

- Introducing someone

- Che lavoro fa?

- Posti di lavoro

- Numbers from 100 onwards

- Una straniera in Italia

- Come va?

Textbook, pp. 40-49

 

- Verbs in –ARE

- Fare, essere and avere:

- Third person singular.

- 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 (News from Italy)

4.

Feb 8, 10, 12 (Friday is Make-up Day)

4

Il tempo Libero

 

Verbi riflessivi

Handout

 

- Il tempo libero

- Che cosa fai nel tempo libero?

- Un’ e-mail da Berlino

- Che cosa fai nel 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

- Reflexive verbs

Textbook: 67

 

- Talking about leisure time

- Talking how often you do things

- Expressing likes and preferences

 

I luoghi più visitati d’Italia (The most visited places in Italy)

5.

Feb 15, 17

Test 2

5

In giro

per

l’Italia (Part 1)

 

- La vita in un’altra città

- Viaggio di lavoro

Textbook: 70-74

 

 

 

- Adjectives (1)

- Irregular verbs: present

Textbook:83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Describing a place

- Asking and giving directions

- Asking and telling time

 

- Italy’s major cities and monuments;

- street furniture and urban environment;

- shops and stores

6.

Feb 22, 24

 

5

In giro

per

l’Italia (Part 2)

 

- Che posto è?

- Chiedere indicazioni

- Scusi, sa che ore sono?

Textbook pgs.:74-81

 

 

 

- C’è/Ci sono

- Adjectives (2)

Textbook:83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Describing a place

- Asking and giving directions

- Asking and telling time

 

- Italy’s major cities and monuments;

- street furniture and urban environment;

- shops and stores

7.

Mar 1, 3

- ORAL EXAM 1

- Midterm Exam on

Wednesday

MARCH 8-12

SPRING BREAK

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Mar 15, 17

 

 

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

 

 

- 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?

9.

Mar 22, 24

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?

10.

Mar 29, 31

Test 3

7

Un fine

settimana

 

- Già appena,non ancora

- Vorrei qualche informazione

Textbook pp. 109-110

 

 

- Adverbs of time

- Ci vuole/ci vogliono

 

- Asking for info in a travel agency

 

Means of transport, prices and time

11.

April 7

8

Vita quotidiana

 

 

- Ti alzi presto la mattina?

- Saluti da Londra

Textbook pp. 116 - 120

 

 

- Present tense of reflexive verbs

 

 

- Talking about working hours

- Describing a typical day

- Describing your daily Routine

 

 

 

- The daily Routines of Italians

12.

April 12, 14

8

Vita quotidiana

 

- Il sabato di Davide

- Feste e ricorrenze: auguri!

- Cosa dici in queste occasioni?

Textbook: 116-125

 

- 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

 

- Italian Holidays and Traditions

13.

April 19, 21

 

9

La famiglia

 

- 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 (Italian Gestures)

14.

April 26, 28

 

Oral Exam 2

Review

Final Exam

 

 

 

 

Final Exams