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

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Mauceri Trimnell
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 8:30 AM 9:45 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement, IT 102, or IT 103 (As of Fall 2022: Placement or IT 102 with a grade of C or above)
OFFICE HOURS: MW 2:45-3:45 pm

A continuation of IT 102. This course focuses on consolidating the student’s ability to use Italian effectively. Emphasis is given to grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Selected readings and films acquaint students with contemporary Italy.

Italian 201, which is conducted solely in Italian, is designed to review and study in-depth the following grammar points:

pronomi personali diretti, indiretti e combinati, pronomi e aggettivi possessivi, aggettivi comparativi e superlativi, differenza tra imperfetto e passato prossimo, condizionale semplice (Review);

trapassato prossimo, futuro, condizionale passato (o composto), congiuntivo presente e passato, indicativo vs. congiuntivo, imperativo, verbi impersonali, aggettivi e pronomi indefiniti (in-depth).

Class discussion is an important part of the course and participation is necessary to determine the final grade.


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

  • Understand written and spoken Italian at the intermediate level
  • Participate in conversations on a variety of topics using present, past, conditional, future and some subjunctive tenses
  • Ask for and obtain information
  • Express opinions, feelings, needs, approval and disapproval
  • Comprehend the general meaning and details of intermediate level texts.
Produce brief texts on a variety of topics using present, past, future, conditional, imperative
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
NUOVO Espresso 2 libro + ebook interattivoMaria Balì, Giovanna RizzoAlma edizioni9788861826809 libro + ebook interattivo LaFeltrinelli Largo Torre Argentina 5/A, 00186 Roma 
Grammatica pratica della lingua italianaSusanna NocchiAlma edizioni9788861827295  Ebook  

TestsThe three tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered and their reading comprehension.30%
Final exam The final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered, and their reading and listening comprehension.20%
Oral proficiencyIn-class oral activities and 1 Oral presentation. The types of activities in class are conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing. The multiplicity of situations and the request to express personal opinions increases from the elementary level to the advanced level. Conversations, monologues and role playing are elicited by visual stimuli or questions from the instructor.15%
Class Participation and homework Students 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. It is mandatory for the students to have and use both the student’s book and the workbook in the format required.15%
Written Compositions 2 Short Written compositions in class20%

AExcellent command of the language consistent with the level of proficiency. Appropriate command of sentence structure, lexis, register and idio A = 94-100 A- = 90-9
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. B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82
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. C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C-= 70-72
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. D+=67-69 D = 63-66 D-= 60-62
FNo evidence of the ability to control the language; failure to make oneself understood. F= 0-59

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. 

Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed three unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. 

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)

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.
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.





Grammar and Vocabulary

Week 1

September 5, 7


·Introduction to the course.

·General grammar review.


Week 2

September 12, 14, 15


Friday, September 15: Make up day for Thursday, November 23

Lezione 1

In giro per negozi

·Describe and buy clothes

·Say the size

·Ask to be able to change something

·Express tastes and opinions

·Give advice

·Ask for an opinion


·The verbpiacere

·Indirect pronouns



·Direct pronouns review

Week 3

September 19, 21

Lezione 1

In giro per negozi (cont.)+ handouts

·Make comparisons

·The imperative 2nd person singular (you) and irregular forms

·Use ofdiandchein comparisons

Week 4

September 26, 28


Test 1 (Sept. 28)

Lezione 2

Quando ero piccola... (cont.)


·Talk about your memories

·Describe habits in the past


·The use of thepassato prossimoand theimperfetto(Part One)

·Expressions of time with theimperfettoand with thepassato prossimo

Week 5

October 3, 5

Lezione 2

Quando ero piccola... (cont.)


·Describe situations

·Argue for and against something

·The particle ci

·The verbfareand other irregular forms of imperfetto

Week 6

October 10, 12


Writing composition in class (Oct 12) first draft

Lezione 3

Un tipo interessante



·Describe a person's physical appearance

·Describe someone’s personality

·Making comparisons between people

·Analyze the someone’s psychological profile


·The verbsfarcela,sapereandandarsene

·The comparativesquantoandcome

·Thepassato prossimoofcominciareandfinire

·Il superlativo relativo

Week 7

October 17, 19


Written composition in class (Oct 19) second drafts

Lezione 3

Un tipo interessante (cont.)

·Politely ask for something

·Making a guess

·Make a proposal

·Give advice

·Make a wish

·Forms and use of thecondizionale presente

·Qualcuno – Nessuno


Week 8

October 24, 26


Test 2: October 26

Lezione 3

Un tipo interessante (cont.)



·Suppose something

·Make a wish

·Forms and use of theCondizionale presente


Week 9

October 31, November 2



Lezione 4

Ti va di venire?


·Invite someone to do something

·Accept or reject an offer

·Make a counteroffer

·Justify a refusal

·Make an appointment

·Book a theatre ticket by phone


·Direct pronouns and the verbavere

·The concordance of the past participle with direct pronouns

·Adverbsgià/non ancora

Week 10

November 7, 9


Written composition 1 – in class first draft (Nov. 9)

Lezione 5

Buon viaggio!


·Ask for something politely

·Show willingness to listen to someone

·Express surprise and regret

·Ask for the price

·Imperfetto ofVolere

·Passato prossimo e imperfetto of SapereandConoscere

·Pronomi combinati

Week 11

November 14, 16

Written composition 2 – in class second draft (Nov. 16)


Lezione 5

Buon viaggio! (cont.)

·Talk about a journey

·Inquire about something

·Ask about the length of a trip

·Pronomi combinati

Week 12

November 21


Test 3 (Nov. 21)

Lezione 6

A tavola!

·Give advice

·Express needs

·Talk about food and eating habits

·Comment on the taste of a dish

·Express an opinion

·Theimperativo negativo(you)

·The verbservire

·The position of the pronouns with the imperative (you)

Week 13

November 28, 30

Video – Oral presentation (Nov. 30)

Lezione 7

Egregio Dottor...

·Talk about the future

·Express wishes and intentions

·Write an application for a job

·Make assumptions

·Express conditions


·Thefuturo semplice


·The verbmetterci

·The hypothetical period of reality (if + present or future)


Week 14


December 5,7




·Talk about work and working conditions

·Tapassato prossimo