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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 301"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Berenice Cocciolillo
EMAIL: bcocciolillo@johncabot.edu
HOURS: MW 1:30 PM 2:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement or IT 202 or permission of the instructor
OFFICE HOURS: MW 3:00-4:00 pm and by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to move students forward toward advanced proficiency in Italian language. The course will reinforce students’ oral, writing, listening, and reading skills, while refining grammar structures studied in previous levels. Contemporary literary and journalistic texts, films and film excerpts, newspaper articles and other multimedia materials will acquaint students with central elements of Italian culture and traditions, while individual and group activities drawn from real-life contexts will give them the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills through experience.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Topics of discussion will reflect various aspects of modern Italy as well as current events. It is very important that students come well prepared to speak in class. This involves not only reading assignments carefully but also planning in advance comments or questions about the material. 
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completing this course, students should possess an advanced proficiency in Italian language. In particular, students should be able to:

  • Discuss a variety of topics using complex grammatical structures, correct syntax, and appropriate vocabulary;
  • Understand the main ideas of complex texts:
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers;
  • Produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects;
  • Recognize various styles and registers and distinguish between spoken and written usage.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza VittorioAmara LakhousEdizioni e/o978-88-7641-809-9  
Attiva il lessico (B1/B2)Juana CattunarMondadori Education, Le Monnier italiano per stranieri 9788800806503  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Class participation and homework 10
Oral presentationOne oral presentation (with a vocabulary list)10
QuizzesThere will be three quizzes on grammar and vocabulary. Please note that there will be no make-up quizzes given. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped if you take all three.25
Midterm Exam 20
Final Exam 25
Graded compositions (3) 10

-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 class.
BThis is a highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference 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 expected 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. Additional absences will lower the class participation grade considerably.

Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. If you should miss a class, please contact another student to find out what was covered that day so that you will be prepared for the next class.

DURING CLASS, PLEASE DO NOT:
- leave the room as it is distracting to the professor and to your classmates;
- answer your cell phone, read or send text messages;
- use your computer for anything not related to the class (e.g. Instagram)
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 NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE PROFESSOR’S DISCRETION.  

Homework assignments and handouts will be posted daily on Moodle.

Please note that there is a makeup day on Friday, February 12.

January 18-20
Introductions - In-class writing activity: "About Me" 
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio;
Attiva il lessico: 
"Raccontare"

January 25-27
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Attiva il lessico
: "Personalità"
Grammar:imperfect/past perfect

February 1-3
Scontro di civiltà
Attiva il lessico: 
"Esprimere opinioni"
Grammar:present and past subjunctive

February 6-10-12 (Friday February 12 is a makeup day for Monday, April 5 holiday)
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Attiva il lessico: 
"Stati d'animo e situazioni"
Quiz 1: February 10

February 15-17
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio 
Attiva il lessico: "Paesaggio e ambiente"
Grammar: Imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive/uses of subjunctive 

February 22-24
Attiva il lessico: "Università"

March 1-3
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Attiva il lessico: "Arte"
Midterm Review  
MIDTERM EXAM: March 3

March 8-12 SPRING BREAK!

March 15-17
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio 
Attiva il lessico: 
"Musica"
Grammar: if clauses

March 22-24
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio 
Attiva il lessico: "Cinema e televisione"
Quiz 2: March 24

March 29-31
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio 
Attiva il lessico: "Libri e giornali"
Grammarremote past

April 7
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio 
Attiva il lessico: 
"Nuove tecnologie"

April 12-14
Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Attiva il lessico: "Mangiare italiano"
Oral Presentation 2
Quiz 3: April 14

April 19-21

Reading from Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Attiva il lessico: "Descrivere ambienti e persone"
Oral Presentations 

April  26-28                        
Final Review 

May 3-7 Final Exams