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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 102-1"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Ada Bertini Bezzi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 11:30 AM 1:20 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 60
CREDITS:
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit, except for Summer sessions, when it carries 3 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement or IT 101
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A continuation of IT101. This course aims at developing and reinforcing the language skills acquired in Introductory Italian I, while placing special emphasis on oral communication. Note: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms, 3 hours in Summer.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

A continuation of IT101. This course aims at developing and reinforcing the language skills acquired in Introductory Italian I, while placing special emphasis on oral communication. Note: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms, 3 hours in Summer.
The student will learn how to use verbally and in writing the Future Tense, Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto, Direct and Indirect pronouns, Imperative, and Present Conditional.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

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

  • understand written and spoken Italian, through the knowledge of simple structures. Situations will be varied, but general and such as to require an interchange of every day information and routine tasks.
  • participate in simple, direct conversations on generally predictable topics related to daily activities and personal environment.
  • satisfy simple personal needs and social demands to survive in the target language culture
  • comprehend the general meaning and some details of texts on familiar topics
  • produce brief texts on topics of personal interests and social needs, primarily in the present, past, future and conditional
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Grammar.it - Grammar for English -speakersGRUPPO CSCBONACCI978-88-7573-430-5   
SPAZIO ITALIA VOL 2 + ESERCIZIARIO + DVD Maria Gloria Tommasini, Mimma Flavia DiacoLOESCHER 9788820133498  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 tests 20%
mid trem exam 20%
final exam 20%
oral proficiency 15%
class participation, homework, attendance 25%
 Tests: The two tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary coverd, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability: 20% Midterm exam: The 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:20% Final exam: The final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability: 20% Oral Proficiency In-class oral activities and presentation. Students are examined singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests are: conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing. Conversations, monologues and role playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from the instructor. 15% Class Participation, homework + attendance: Students are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Attendance and active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. 25%%  

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AA/A- = Excellent command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency. Appropriate command of sentence structure, lexis, register and idiom
BB+ = Very good command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency, showing facility and very few errors. Ability to handle sentence structure naturally, and to demonstrate some awareness of stylistic variation. B = Good command of the language, consistent with the level of proficiency. Competent manipulation of sentence structure, with some evidence of development and complexity; small occurrence of grammatical errors. Work will be broadly coherent and comprehensible, good manipulation of sentence structure; grammatical and other errors will not impede comprehension. B- = Satisfactory command of the language, consistent with the level of proficiency. Work will not be coherent but comprehensible; sentence structure will be simple; medium frequency of grammatical and other errors
CC+ = Evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of effective communication, consistent with the level of proficiency. Work will be comprehensible; sentence structure will be very simple and grammatical and other errors will be frequent but not as serious to impede comprehension. C, C- = Some evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of effective communication, consistent with the level of proficiency. Some awareness of sentence structure and high frequency of grammatical and other errors.
DD = Little evidence of the ability to control the language for the purpose of making oneself understood. Little awareness of sentence structure and numerous grammatical and other errors
FF = No evidence of the ability to control the language; failure to make oneself understood

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
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. 


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 (3) unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule
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


Please, be advised that course schedule might change

 


Week 1

Introduction

 

Test d'ingresso

Review present tense

 

What are you doing in Italy?

Introduce yourself and your peers.

Talk about yourself and your interests

Week 2

Review present tense cont.

Modal verbs

Know vs Know

To like

 

What do you know about Italy?

 

Talk about places and monuments of Italy.

 

Talk about famous people

 

Week 3

Past tense

Review and use ofpassato prossimo

 

Direct object pronouns

 

What did you do last summer?

 

Describe a weekend or vacation in the past

 

Week 4

Past Tense

The use of reflexive verbs

Where did you meet?

 

Tell a story

 

Week 5

Present Conditional

Where would you like to go on vacation?

 

Talk about your preferences, holidays or ideal places.

Ask about a place

 

Week 6

Review for Test 1

 

 

Week 7

Imperative

The use of Imperative

Imperative with pronouns

How do you feel?

 

Talk about health

Know the parts of the body

Talking about a person physically and temperamentally

 

Week 8

The imperfect indicative

 

Do you remember how it was?

 

Describe what people were like in the past.

Telling habits in the past

 

 

Week 9

Imperfect vs Past perfect

 

Indefinite pronouns

What happened?

 

Telling orally and in writing an important event

 

Week 10

The adjective

Comparatives and Superlatives

 

It's very interesting!

 

Talk about books, cinema, music

 

 

Week 11

Review for Test 2

 

Week 12

Review pronouns

 

Direct object, Indirect object, Reflexive

 

 

ON SITE ACTIVITY

 

LET’S GO TO THE UNIVERSITA’ LA SAPIENZA TO INTERVIEW ITALIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Week 13

Future Indicative

What are your plans?

 

Telling projects for the future

Talk about what life will be like in the future

 

 

Week 14

Review Final Exam