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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Italian I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2023

INSTRUCTOR: Rosa Filardi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 3:00 PM 4:15 PM
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 3 semester hours of credit.
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday/Thursday 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.

This course presents the first principles of Italian language, geography and culture in a student-centered learning environment.
Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

  • Satisfy a 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

        Students will study in depth the following grammar points:

        Definite and indefinite articles;  agreement nouns / adjectives;

        Present tense of regular and irregular verbs; modal verbs;

        Possessive adjectives; present of reflexive verbs.



-          Listening:  students will be able to understand familiar words and basic sentences concerning themselves and familiar topics when people speak slowly and clearly.

-          Reading: students will be able to read short, simple texts, such as advertisements, menus, brief articles from magazines. They will be able to develop reading strategies to find specific, predictable information in texts and brief personal communications.


-          Speaking: students will be able to use the target language with a basic level of conversational fluency on familiar topics. They will be able to ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics.

-          Writing: students will be able to write short, simple messages dealing with everyday issues and to describe, in basic sentences, themselves, their friends and families, their immediate surroundings and their daily routines.

Cultural awareness

Students will be able to identify some characteristics of the target language culture(s) and distinguish between patterns and stereotypes. They will be able to note similarities and differences between target cultures and their own. They will be able to give examples of the relationship between language and culture.

Numerical scale for grades:

A Excellent 94-100

A- 90-93

B+ 87-89

B Good 84-86

B- 80-83

C+ 77-79

 C Satisfactory 74-76

C- 70-73

D+ 67-69

D Poor but Passing 64-68

D- 60-63

F Failing Below 60 INC Incomplete P Passing (C or higher) NP Not Passing (C- or lower) W Withdrawal 


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase

3 TESTSThe three tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary coverd, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.30%
FINAL EXAMThe 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. The final will include a final project.20%
ORAL PROFICIENCYIn-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 instructor25%
Class attendance\participation\Forum and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. It is mandatory for the course to have and use the students book. You are expected to log in to the Moodle platform of the course at least two times per week, in order to follow the course schedule, to participate in class and complete all the required Moodle activities (forum, assignments, wiki, video) The activity completion and the login activity will be tracked by the platform. 25%

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 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  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.
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.


- 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. Facebook)

-is not allowed to use your cell phone during Test and exames


The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University Catalog 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.

How to get the most out of your tutoring session:

  • Come early in the semester. You will benefit more from tutoring if you come when you first begin having problems. 
  • Come prepared. Bring your textbook, notes, and review sheets with you. 

Attend classes regularly. Tutoring is designed to supplement class instruction, not to replace it. Refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.

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 Introduction to the course. Prima di tutto: “Conosci l’Italia?”

 Communicative skills: Introducing yourself. Pronunciation of soft and hard sounds. Grammar /Vocabulary: Present tense of the verbs Essere (to be), Chiamarsi (my name is....). The Italian Alphabet.Numbers from 0 to 20. Nationality adjectives. Cultural contents: Italy and Italian symbols

Week 2 Episode 1: “Milano: Stazione Centrale, ore 8:15”

 Communicative skills: Learn to ask for information; ask and tell time. Grammar /Vocabulary: Nouns genders and numbers. Indefinite articles. More on verb Essere Use of “Dov’è?” “Chi è?”; some adverbs of place; names of some everyday objects. Cultural contents: Travel to Italy

Week 3 Episode 1contTEST 1

Week 4 Episode 2: “Dov’è Piero Ferrari e perché non arriva?”

Communicative skills: Learn how to thank, accept or reject something; describe moods, needs and feelings; use of informal Tu or formal Lei. Grammar/Vocabulary: Idiomatic expressions with Avere or Essere.. Present of the verb Avere (to have) Present tense of stare; greetings and best wishes; talk about weather. Cultural contents: Cultural differences and gestures

Week 5 Episode3: ”Com’è bella Milano d’estate al mattino!”

Communicative skills: Describe environments and people; understand simple informative texts. Grammar/Vocabulary: Adjectives+nouns agreement; Present of andare(to go); Use of C’è, ci sono; preposition in with means of transportation; days of the week, months, seasons; adjectives, colors. Cultural contents: Live in the cities

Week 6 Episode 3 cont… TEST 2

Week 7 Episode 4: “Passeggeri”

Communicative skills: Describe daily and free time actions; talk about own habits, describe a typical day; talk about professions and jobs; learn to ask questions. Grammar/Vocabulary: Present tense of regular verbs of the 3 conjugations; present tense of some irregular verbs; frequency adverbs; interrogative pronouns. Cultural contents: Positive and negative characteristics of different jobs

Week 8 Episode 4 cont…

Week 9 Episode 5: “Il treno corre”

Communicative skills: Go grocery shopping; talk about what one want and have to do; talk about your own abilities. Grammar/Vocabulary: Definite articles; article+noun+adjective agreement; present tense of modal verbs; present tense of sapere verb; Present tense of regular verbs and verbs ending in ISC. Cultural contents: Italian food

 Week 10 Episode 5 cont… TEST 3

Week 11 Episode 6: Giovani viaggiatori”

Communicative skills: Talk about family; express preferences and tastes. Grammar/Vocabulary: Possessive Adjectives; idiomatic use of fare verb; use of Mi pace/mi piacciono; family members names; activities and sport. Cultural contents: Italian family (and not) cultural differences

 Week 12 Episode 7: “La ragazza con i capelli viola”

Communicative skills: Talk more about habitual daily actions. Grammar/Vocabulary: Present tense of reflexive verbs +reciprocal reflexive verbs. Cultural contents: Compare different habits and attitudes of different countries

Week 13 Episode 7 continue...

Week 14  Oral Presentation + FINAL REVIEW