Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Formulate short sentences and questions, and interpret responses of other speakers using elementary Italian vocabularly related to the most common everyday topics, such as self, family, travel, and home.
2. Compose in Italian simple questions and declarative sentences and reply directly to questions on everyday topics, including general likes and dislikes, needs and wants;
3. Read for general meaning simplified passages on a range of cultural
topics and pick out specific information from authentic Italian
4. Write with minimum surface-level errors, such as spelling and accentuation, whatever
he/she is able to say in Italian;
5. Speak with comprehensible pronunciation;
6. Control with relative ease: subject and object pronouns;
present tense of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conjugation verbs, plus "essere,"
"avere," "stare," and "andare"; negation; articles; yes-no basic information;
questions; adjectives; the conversational past ("passato prossimo");
7. Respond to frequently occurring situations in culturally appropriate
ways, including the employment of greetings and polite expressions
8. Describe some of the general social, cultural, and historical aspects of Italy
A. Vocabulary and grammar related to a variety of communicative tasks, including:
1. Greeting people and making introductions
2. Epressing dates and numbers, including prices
3. Exchanging personal information
4. Identifying people and things in an Italian language classroom and college campus
5. Describing people, including appearance, personality, and family relationships
6. Identifying and describing articles of clothing
7. Talking about likes and dislikes, including favorite activities
8. Telling time and relating activities using time markers
9. Describing everyday activities, including eating and household chores
10. Identifying weather conditions and seasonal activities
11. Describing the home, including rooms and furnishings
12. Discussing needs and wants, including pasttimes
13. Conveying information in the present indicative
14. Conveying information in the conversational past ("passato prossimo")
B. Specific elements of grammar include:
1. Nouns and articles
2. Adjectives, including possessives
3. Verbs in the present, both regular and commonly used irregular verbs
4. "Piacere" as common phrase form
5. The "passato prossimo"
6. "Conoscere" and "sapere"
7. Reflexive verbs and reflexive reciprocals
8. Common adverbs
9. Common idioms, particularly those using avere and fare
10. Pronouns: subject, direct object, "ci" and "ne"
11. Helping verbs ("dovere," "potere," "volere")
12. Common prepositions, including forms combined with articles
13. Concept of agreement, including with past participle
14. Grammatical terminology and identifying parts of speech
C. Information related to key aspects of Italian culture, including related vocabulary, such as:
1. Geography, history, and distinguishing characteristics of various Italian regions
2. Common holidays and celebrations
3. Traditions, including cuisine
4. Italian language and dialects
5. Italian educational system
6. Social exchanges and showing courtesy
7. Contributions to Western history and culture
8. European Union
Typical assignments include:
1. Reading from the textbook and instructor-assigned materials (averaging 15-18 pages per week).
2. Memorizing vocabulary and/or verb conjugations (averaging 60 - 75 terms per
3. Completing assigned exercises in textbook and/or workbook (averaging 10 exercises
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 (2-4, averaging 50-250 words each).
8. Oral participation, group activities, and assigned projects.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
20 - 30%
|Written homework, Reading/cultural reports, Lab exercises, Short compositions, Essays||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
10 - 20%
|Group activities, Projects, Role plays/scenarios||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
|In-class oral participation, Individual and/or group presentations||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
30 - 40%
|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||
Percorsi: L'Italiano attraverso la lingua e la cultura by Italiano/Marchegiani (textbook, student activities manual, online MyItalianLab), 1st ed.,
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
Instructor prepared materials