SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 7:51:55 AMITAL 4 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ITAL 4Title:  INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN-2  
Full Title:  Intermediate Italian-Part 2
Last Reviewed:5/11/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 227.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Development of all language skills in a cultural context at an intermediate level. Emphasis is on communication, with discussion, essays, and more complex readings to assure control of linguistic and cultural principles.  Includes a review of beginning intermediate linguistic and cultural content.

Course Completion of ITAL 3

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Development of all language skills in a cultural context at an intermediate level. Emphasis is on communication, with discussion, essays, and more complex readings to assure control of linguistic and cultural principles.  Includes a review of beginning intermediate linguistic and cultural content.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ITAL 3
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1990
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1990
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
 6ALanguage Other Than English  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1990Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1990Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Compose and critique brief Italian essays on topics of general interest over a broad
   range of personal and societal issues.
2.  Hold a conversation and speak extemporaneously on a wide range of
   personal and cultural topics with few errors of grammar.
3.  Comprehend Italian spoken naturally on a wide range of cultural and historical
4.  Comprehend most short fiction and non-fiction written in Italian
   with occasional use of a dictionary.
5.  Present personal interpretation of fiction and non-fiction selections
   orally and in writing.
6.  Produce and employ with relative ease:  all regular and irregular verb
   conjugations, all pronouns and all tenses and moods.
7.  Produce and employ with relative ease:  definitions, synonyms and/or
   opposites of a broad range of Italian verbs, adjectives and nouns.
8.  Produce and employ with relative ease most everyday Italian vocabulary
   and common idioms.
9.  Produce correct pronunciation of familiar Italian words as well as
   most unfamiliar ones.
10. Produce original, intelligent interpretations of texts.
11. Accurately report indirect speech.
12.Convey personal opinions on common personal and social topics, including music, film, news, literature, fashion, and contemporary events.

Topics and Scope
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A.  Vocabulary and grammar related to a variety of communicative tasks, including:
      1. Discussing the effect of English on Italian and American culture on Italian culture
      2. Summarizing and talking about news events, including types of Italian newspaper and magazine sources
      3. Analyzing and discussing interpersonal relationships and gender issues
      4. Talking about music and musicians, including influences and styles
      5. Talking about modern Italian and Italoamerican cuisine
      6. Discussing personal beliefs and superstitions
      7. Referring to events in the distant past
      8. Summarizing and discussing fairy tales and fables
      9. Talking about and using modern technology
      10. Discussing past, present, and future events by constructing complex sentences
      11. Expressing opinion, belief, doubt, and emotion
      12. Discussing social and community issues
      13. Expressing opinions about fashion and clothing
      14. Talking about having something done and getting/giving permission for something to take place
      15. Talking about different types of movies and popular Italian comic strips
      16. Reporting conversations and dialogue
      17. Discussing Italian lifestyles and customs
      18. Recognizing and using common idioms
B.  Specific elements of grammar include:
      1. Review of the imperfect vs. "passato prossimo," including trapassato
      2. Review of past and present conditional
      3. Various comparatives and superlatives, including idioms
      4. Review and elaboration of the present and past subjunctive, including the imperfect
      5. More "if" clauses and the subjunctive
      6. The subjunctive's relationship to the indicative and to various tenses
      7. "Se" clauses and hypothetical, improbable, or contrary-to-fact sentences
      8. Conjunctions that require the subjunctive
      9. The "concordanza dei tempi" in the subjunctive
      10. Review of the pronouns "ci" and "ne"
      11. The verb "piacere" and similarly conjugated verbs
      12. Elaboration of the historical past or "passato remoto," including the "trapassato remoto"
      13. Review of the future tense
      14. The passive and impersonal "si," including other uses of "fare" and "lasciare"
      15. Direct and indirect discourse
      16. Uses of infinitives, participles, and gerunds
C.  Information related to key aspects of Italian culture, including related vocabulary, such as:
      1. Italy vs. Italia (American idealism vs. Italian reality) and Italamerica
      2. Journalism and publishing houses
      3. Gender issues, including "vitelloni" and "casalinghe"
      4. Italian music, traditional and contemporary, including "cantautori"
      5. Modern Italian cuisine
      6. Fairy tales, fables, and traditional stories
      7. Superstitions, including "malocchio"
      8. Impact of computers, cell phones, and the Internet on Italian culture
      9. Contemporary social issues and volunteerism
      10. Italian fashion industry, including "la bella figura"
      11. Traditional Italian card games
      12. Italian cinema, film, graphic novels, and comic strips
      13. Contemporary daily life in Italy, including lifestyles and jobs

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Typical assignments include:
1.  Reading from the textbook and instructor-assigned materials (averaging 20-25 pages per week).
2.  Memorizing vocabulary and/or verb conjugations (averaging 60 - 85 terms per
3.  Completing assigned exercises in textbook and/or workbook (averaging 10 exercises
   per week).
4.  Completing language laboratory activities and/or writing reports (averaging
   2 hours per week).
5.  Reviewing material for in-class participatory assignments and/or quizzes and tests (averaging one hour per week).
6.  Quizzes and exams, as indicated by the instructor (examples include vocabulary/reading quizzes, chapter tests, mid-term and final exams, etc.)
7.  Short compositions (3-5, averaging 150-400 words each).
8.  Oral participation, group activities, and assigned projects.
9.  Brief written and/or oral responses to news stories, short fiction, or articles of cultural interest.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 40%
Written homework, Reading reports/analyses, Lab exercises, Essays, Critiques/reviews
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
In-class oral participation, Individual and/or group presentations, Special Projects
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Dictation, Translation
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation, Completion of semester's language lab hours

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PONTI and accompanying Workbook/Lab Manual by Tognozzi and Cavatorta, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  
Instructor prepared materials

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