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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Eliseo
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:00 PM 2:50 PM
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit, except for Summer sessions, when it carries 3 semester hours of credit.
OFFICE HOURS: M/W 10 a.m. by appointment

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.
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.

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.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
UN NUOVO GIORNO IN ITALIA - Volume A1Chiappini - De FilippoBonacci editore9788820127985   
Grammatica for English Speakers - Livello A1-C1Marco MezzadriBonacci editore9788857725185 SOLO DIGITALE (Buy the online grammarbook)

2 testsTests evaluate vocabulary and structures learned together in class, on Moodle, or by self-study10%
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 Students are expected to come prepared to class, in-person or in-remote, and participate in all activities (individual, small groups, whole class works etc.). Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Participation also includes cooperation among students, and sharing doubts or ideas about homework, class assignments or new topics that were studied. 15%
Moodle Activities and HomeworkSelf-study is crucial to reinforce what learned in class and to be ready to move on on different and new topics. Homework to do for the for the next class will be assigned at the end of each session, and will be visible on current Moodle Week at the label called "Homework". Possible types of Homework: writing or recording on Moodle Forum, answering questions in the Moodle assignment activity, work on specific exercises on the online grammar book, listening practice, specific online exercises, reading, writing sentences or vocabulary lists.15%

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.


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.


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).


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.

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.




Communicative Functions


Vocabulary and Culture

Week 1


Jan. 18, 20

Prima di tutto


Introducing yourself.

Present tense of the verbs Essere (to be), Chiamarsi (my name is....).


The Italian Alphabet.


Pronunciation of soft and hard sounds.

Numbers from 0 to 20.


Nationality adjectives.


Italy and Italian symbols

Week 2


Jan 25, 27

Episode 1


Milano: Stazione Centrale, ore 8.15

Asking "Where are you from?"

Nouns genders and numbers.


Indefinite articles. “Dov’è?” “Chi è?” .

Some adverbs of place.


Names of some everyday objects.

Week 3


Feb.1, 3



Episode 1 (Cont)

Asking and telling the time.

Prepositions a\all’\alle

Position of objects in space.


The Train Station: people, places and services.



Week 4


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



Episode 2


Dov’è Piero Ferrari e perché non arriva








TEST 1 on Wednesday


Use of TU and LEI informal\formal.


Be able to thank, accept or reject something; describe moods, needs and feelings.

Present tense of the verb Avere (To have). Presenttense ofStare.


Present tense of regular verbs in the 3 conjugations, singular subjects.


The negative sentence.

Idiomatic expressions withAvereorEssere.


The weather.




Secondo me / secondo te


Use of conjunction Perché.

Week 5


Feb. 15, 17.

Episode 3


Com’è bella Milano d’estate al mattino!

Describe environments and people;



Adjectives-nouns agreement.


Present tense of Andare (To go).

Colours; Ways of Transport; Adjectives to describe someone’s appearance and personality.


Milano: the city and its most interesting places.

Week 6


Feb. 22, 24

Episode 3 (Cont.)

Understand simple informative texts.

Ask and give directions.


Ask and say the date.

Use of C’è/ Ci sono (There is\ There are).

Seasons and months.

Days of the week.

The apartment; the neighborhoods; the bedroom.

Week 7


March 1, 3

Oral Exam 1


Mid Term Exam (Wednesday)

General Review



Spring Break


March 8-12






Week 8


Mar. 15, 17

Episode 4



Describing peoples activities.


Describe a typical day.


Making simple hypothesis about your own needs.

Present tense of regular verbs. The 3 conjugations.

People and objects in a train.


Daily and free time actions.


Parts of the Day

Week 9


Mar. 22, 24

Episode 4 (Cont.)






Episode 7


La ragazza con I capelli viola

Talking about frequency of actions.


Talking about jobs.


Present tense of irregular verbs.


Adverbs of frequency.




Present tense of reflexive verbs.



Work and professions.


Positive and negative characteristics of different jobs.


Daily actions and routines.


Compare different habits and attitudes of different countries

Week 10


Mar. 29, 31

Episode 5


Il treno corre








TEST 2 on Wednesday

Go grocery shopping; making requests in a polite way.


Talk about what one want and have to do; talk about your own abilities.

Definite articles. article+noun+adjective agreement.


Present tense of modal verbs and verbSapere.



Italian Food.


Own abilities.


Vorrei… (to ask for something politely)


Emilia Romagna (Italian Region)

Week 11


April 7

Episode 6


Giovani viaggiatori

Talk about family.


Express preferences and tastes.

Present tense of regular verbs and verbs ending inISC.

Possessive Adjectives.

Idiomatic use offareverb;

Use ofMi pace/mi piacciono.


Family members names.


Week 12


April 12, 14

Episode 6 (Cont)








Episode 8


Bologna, piazza Grande

Ask and say what you like, don’t like, prefer.


Read/Write about your own family, your life, hobbies and studies.


Description in the past; talk about past events.

Verb Piacere, use and conjugation.








Past tensePassato prossimowithessereoavere.

Activities and sports.

Week 13


April 19, 21

Episode 8 (Cont.)

Read/write about past events.


Say when, in the past, something happened.

Transitive or intransitive; some irregular past participles.

Expressions of time.


Habits and lifestyles of young people.

Week 14


April 26, 28

Oral Exam 2


Final Review