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

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 11:30 AM 12:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 3 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement or IT 101(As of Fall 2022: Placement or IT 101 with a grade of C or above)
OFFICE HOURS: M\W 2-3pm or by appointment-

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.
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-paragraphtexts with limited formulaic information by using elementary functions
Students will study in depth the following grammar points:

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs; Past tense (Passato Prossimo- Imperfetto);

Possessive adjectives; Present and Past tense of reflexive verbs. Direct\ Indirect Pronouns; Future Tense; Imperative.


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, and future.

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
New Italian Espresso_Textbook_Beginner and pre-intermediate Updated edition Textbook+ebook Gruppo italiaideaAlma edizioni978-88-61827240  Hard Copy  
New Italian Espresso_Workbook_Beginner and pre-ntermediate_UPDATED EDITION ebook interattivoGruppo italiaideaAlma Edizioni978-88-61827301  Ebook  

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%
Compositions 2 Short Written compositions in class10%
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 2 Oral presentations. 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.20%
Class attendance\participation\Forum and HomeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial in class since the learning process requires considerable practice. Students must show interest through asking questions, responding to the professor or other students, overcome shyness and showing interest in what they are learning Students must try to use the Italian language in group or pair activities and follow class rules.vIt is mandatory for the students to have and use both the student’s book and the workbook in the format required. Students are expected to log into the Moodle platform at least once a week and complete all the required Moodle activities (forum, assignments, videos etc.). The activity completion and the login activity will be tracked by the platform. Homework must be done using the dedicated platforms (BlinkLearning and Moodle). 20%

AExcellent command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency. Appropriate command of sentence structure, lexis, register and idiom
BGood 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.
CEvidence 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.
DLittle 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.
FNo evidence of the ability to control the language; failure to make oneself understood


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.

After you use all your absences you should fill the Petition to have an excused absence and   sent it to Associate Dean Harris. 


This  form for the Petition should only be completed if students have exhausted all absences allowed by the attendance policy . Until you have used all the allowed absences, you should NOT request an exemption from the attendance policy, regardless of the cause for the absence (no matter how dramatic or mundane—from a broken leg to a broken alarm clock). 

 A link to the form is placed in both the student and faculty sections of MyJCU and on the Registrar’s webpage.   

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.


-arrive late or  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)


If you miss an exam or an assignment The professor  decides  to have the weight of the missed exam shifted to another assessment or if is really necessary to organize a make up.

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



UNIT 1-6


Introducing yourself.

Talking about free time. Talking about how often one does something. Talking about people’s interests. Expressing preferences.


Entrance Test

Review of Present tense Irregular verbs and agreement




Italy's most visited cities

Week 2



Describing a typical day

Describing your daily routine

Everyday actions


Talking and writing about one’s family



Present tense of

reflexive verbs

Position of reflexive


ITALIAN Public Holiday

I gesti italiani

Italian gift-giving habits

Week 3




Describing a perfect weekend. Talking about past actions. Understanding descriptions of past events.Specifying when a past event took place.

.Past Tense review and use. Past participle regular\irregular . Use of auxiliary essere\avere




Video corso 6 “In vacanza”

Holidays in Italy

Week 4



UNIT 7 cont.




Descriptions in the past. Telling past events

Time expressions: stamattina,

ieri, l’altro ieri, scorso, fa, già,

appena, non ancora

Present tense of reflexive verbs Past tense of regular verbs. Transitive\intransitive verbs.

Jobs in Italy

Week 5



Talk about family members\relations


Possessive adjectives

• past tense: passato prossimo

form of reflexive verbs

Video corso 8 "L'agenda di Laura


Week 6



Composition 1

talking about one’s eating habits

• talking about typical Italian recipes

• describing one’s favorite recipe

• doing grocery shopping

• indicating quantities

• organizing a picnic

• food and dishes

• measurement units: grammo,

chilo, etto, litro

• food packaging

Direct Pronouns forms and position

Direct pronouns and use of NE

Indefinite Pronouns



Video corso 10 "Il panino perfetto"


•History of pasta

Week 7


Unit 11

Oral presentation 1


• talking and asking about events

that will occur in the future

• writing a short article on future

fashion styles


Future tense regular and irregular forms
Indirect pronouns

Video corso 11 Come mi stà?


Week 8


Unit 11



• shopping for clothes and shoes

• making a polite request

• describing one’s look on special occasions

• colors, fabrics and fabric


• clothing and shoe sizes


Direct and indirect pronouns
Verbs+ indirect pronouns- Piacere+ indirect pronouns

Clothing- Fashion in Italy

Week 9






• describing past situations

and actions that occurred


• talking about one’s childhood




Past tense: Imperfetto regular and irregular forms


Animals and metaphors in Italian

Week 10


Unit 12

Composition 2

• writing a short news story



.• passato prossimo vs. imperfetto

• agreement between direct

pronouns and past participles


Week 11


Unit 13


.understanding and giving

physical descriptions

• describing one’s personality

• reading one’s horoscope

• making, accepting and refusing

an invitation

• describing actions which are

going on right now

• writing a short fiction story

avere with cominciare and

• superlativo assoluto with molto +

adjective or suffix -issimo

• molto (adjective and adverb)

• progressive form with stare +


• present gerund forms of regular

and irregular verbs (dire, fare,


Famous Italians

Week 12


Unit 15

• understanding travel brochures

and travel blogs

• understanding and giving

orders, recommendations and


imperativo informale singolare and imperativo plurale

• position of direct and indirect pronouns with imperativo

• contracted forms of imperative (va’, da’, di’, fa’, sta’)

• irregular forms of imperative (abbi, bevi, sii)

Italians habits and traditions

Week 13


Unit 15 cont

• writing a short article on the

do’s and don’ts for tourists

coming to your country

• underlining cultural differences

• contracted forms of imperative (va’, da’, di’, fa’, sta’)

• irregular forms of imperative (abbi, bevi, sii)



Week 14




Final Review



Week 15


Final exam