ITL 328 - Composition and Conversation ...

ITL 328 - Composition and Conversation
Spring 2010
37045 – MWF 2:00-3:00 – BEN 1.106
Instructor: Antonella Del Fattore-Olson Office: HRH # 2.106 B Ph: 471-5706/5531
Office hours: M & W 3-4, F 1-2 or by appt.
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ITL 328-Composition and Conversation
Primavera 2010
Patota, Giuseppe. 2003. Grammatica di riferimento della lingua italiana per stranieri. Firenze: Le
Folder of Xerox-copied material available at Jenn’s, 2200 Guadalupe
Baricco, Alessandro, Novecento. To be ordered online
(Barnes&, or, or
Dizionario Harper Collins Sansoni, standard edition or equivalent
Useful websites
Garzanti Linguistica
De Mauro, Grande Dizionario
De Mauro, Dizionario dei sinonimi e contrari
Coniugatore di verbi
Course description
Obiettivi - The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing and speaking in
Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension (both reading and listening).
Furthermore, we aim at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture. We will reach
these goals by:
a. Reading short stories and one monologue
b. Reviewing grammar and the grammatical structures the reading material exhibits
c. Listening to a variety of audio material and watching videos and two movies
Quizzes (3)
Exam I
Exam II
Oral Reports and General Oral Performance
Class Participation
Compositions/Compiti scritti-Tema~ Five compiti (short compositions) and one tema. (long
composition). Students will write at home three compiti which are due on the days indicated
on the syllabus and whose topic is given on the syllabus. Two compiti will be written in class.
At the end of the semester, a longer paper is due, tema; students will have the chance to rewrite it and its final grade will be the average between the first and second version. More
specific instructions for each composition will be given as the course progresses.
Compiti and tema will be typed and double-spaced (except for the ones written in class).
Proper use of grammar as well as content will both greatly affect the composition grade. Please
no e-mail submissions.
Oral Reports and General Oral Performance/Presentazioni orali e componente orale
generale~ Students’ grade for this component will be based upon 1. the quality of their
contribution to class discussion, their pronunciation, their ability in communicate and
understanding, and 2. Two oral presentations: one presented individually, one in groups.
a. Individual presentation: Each student will present in class a 5-10 min. oral report on a current
event; no reading will be allowed, but visual aids is encouraged.
***Evaluation criteria: pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary.
Interesting/useful sites for the individual presentation:
Log on to Library PressDisplay with your EID here:
b. Group presentation: Each student is expected to speak for about 10 minutes. Therefore, a
group of 2 students will give a 20 minute-long presentation, whereas a group of 5 will give
a 50 minute-long presentation. No reading allowed! Students may use index cards if
extremely necessary, but they must be prepared to act out their “role” as much as possible
without reading.
Students are free to choose the “genre” of their presentation: a satire, a comedy, a drama, an
interview, a movie, etc. (if you choose to videotape your presentation, remember that you
must have at least a “live” introduction in class). The subject should be based upon the
material we have studied in the course; students can focus on one reading/author/film or
two, or combine all of them together since the subject must be related to Italian culture.
***Evaluation criteria: pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, creativity, fluency of
Class Participation/Partecipazione in classe~ Regular attendance is required; more than three absences
will lower the final grade; for the fourth absence, three points will be deducted from the final grade; four
points for the fifth absence, and so on.
For each class, students should be ready to discuss the reading material and make personal
comments on it. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the Italian culture.
Use of Blackboard in Class~ In this class, I use Blackboard—a Web-based course management
system with password-protected access at —to distribute course
materials, to communicate and collaborate online, and to submit assignments. You can find
support in using Blackboard at the ITS Help Desk at 475-9400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m., so plan accordingly.
Tutors~ Please refer to the French and Italian Department’s web page or visit the French and Italian
Department’s Undergraduate Office in HRH
Be aware that tutors ARE NOT ALLOWED to do homework for you rather give you
individual attention in mastering complex grammatical structures and oral skills. Moreover, if
the professor deems--due to a discrepancy with your oral and written performance in class-that your homework has been done with the help of a computer-translation-program or a
tutor, you will receive a 'no-grade' for that paper; the 'no-grade' will neither lower nor raise
your overall grade average. Please read carefully the policy on
Scholastic Dishonesty~ Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are
subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or
dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and
the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For
further information, please visit
This site offers excellent resources on how to cite sources and paraphrase. Copying materials
from other people or from sources on the Internet, for example, or having your work edited by
somebody else, constitutes a fraudulent submission. Any work submitted by a student in this
course for academic credit will be the student’s own work and will acknowledge others’ work
as appropriate (e.g., citing sources).
Throughout the semester, the Italian Club shows six Italian movies (Adria Frizzi) and offers
the Tavola Italiana, weekly meetings where students can practice Italian in an informal setting
(Antonella Olson). The Tavola meets every Friday, 3:30-4:30, at the Cactus Café (Texas Union).
Additional events sponsored by the Italian Club will be announced in class.
The Rome Study Program gives students of all majors the opportunity to spend six weeks in
Rome, Italy during the first summer session, earn three or six credit hours and visit some of
the most beautiful Italian sites on weekends. Italian families host students providing an indepth experience of Italian life-style and language. Please visit our website:
and/or contact Program Director: Antonella D. Olson, HRH # 2.106 B, # 471-5706/5531,
Nota bene!~ L’analisi delle regole della grammatica e della sintassi che si farà in questo corso è
un ripasso di ciò che si è studiato nei primi due anni o nell’anno intensivo di italiano. Il
materiale presentato dalle letture deve essere utilizzato sia come mezzo di discussione di tutte
le regole grammaticali che come fonte di conversazione. La partecipazione costante alle lezioni
è un fattore determinante per il successo individuale e collettivo.
Gr.: = grammatica
L.: = letture
m. = metà della pagina
mercoledì 20
N.: = Novecento
in. = inizio della pagina
Introduzione al corso. Conversazione
Gr.: Cap. 1, parte 1, Suoni e lettere dell’italiano, pp. 1-14. L.: Viva l’Italia
* last day add/drop
venerdì 22 *
lunedì 25
Gr.: Cap. 1, parte 1, Suoni e lettere dell’italiano, pp. 21-39. L.: Viva l’Italia
mercoledì 27
Gr.: Cap. 1, parte 2, Il nome, pp. 42-61 (m.). L.: Viva l’Italia
Gr.: Cap. 2, parte 2, L’articolo e la preposizione, pp. 70-75 (m.).
L’artista che preferisci (no biografie, solo commenti personali;
1 1/2 page, typed, double spaced)
venerdì 29
lunedì 1
mercoledì 3 *
Gr.: Cap. 2, parte 2, L’articolo e la preposizione, pp. 75-81. L.: Tutto merito
delle donne se siamo diventati pacifisti
Gr.: Cap. 2, parte 2, L’articolo e la preposizione, pp. 81-90. L.: Tutto merito
delle donne se siamo diventati pacifisti
* last day to drop for possible refund
venerdì 5
Gr.: Cap. 3, parte 2, L’aggettivo, pp. 91-98
lunedì 8
Gr.: Cap. 3, parte 2, L’aggettivo, pp. 91-98.
L.: Introduzione a Donna di Porto Pim e ascolto
mercoledì 10
Gr.: Cap. 3, parte 2, L’aggettivo, pp. 98-105 (m.)
L.: Donna di Porto Pim: lingua e grammatica
venerdì 12
Gr.: Cap. 3, parte 2, L’aggettivo, pp. 105-114. QUIZ 1
lunedì 15 *
L.: finire di leggere Donna di Porto Pim: commento orale
L.: “Post Scriptum”: ascolto e commento orale
* last day to drop without possible academic penalty
mercoledì 17
Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 115-124 (m.).
Introduzione a Novecento. L.: N.: leggere p. 11-21 (m.)
venerdì 19
lunedì 22
Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 124-131. L.: N.: leggere p. 21-33
mercoledì 24
Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 132-133. RIPASSO.
L.: N.: leggere p. 34-44 (in.)
venerdì 26
March 1-Application deadline for IEFS for summer and fall study abroad programs
*Film~ La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano (G. Tornatore): da vedere entro martedì 9 marzo
lunedì 1
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 133-139.
L.: Commento alla prima parte di Novecento.
Il tuo nome: qual è la sua storia? (1 ½ page, typed, double spaced)
mercoledì 3
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 139-145.
L.: N.: leggere pp. 44-51 (m.)
venerdì 5
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 145-148. QUIZ 2
lunedì 8
L.: N.: leggere pp. 51- 62
mercoledì 10
Gr.: L.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 149-154 (in.).
L.: Commento orale a Novecento e al film La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano
venerdì 12
Ripasso. Conversazione
15 - 20
lunedì 22
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 154-157.
L.: Attività di gruppo su Novecento
mercoledì 24
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 163-173.
COMPITO SCRITTO # 4: Inventa una tua fine personale a Novecento. e
fa un commento critico al monologo (2 pages, typed, double-spaced)
venerdì 26
Gr.: Cap. 4, parte 2, Il verbo e i suoi usi, pp. 174-182 (in.). Ripasso
lunedì 29 *
Ripasso. QUIZ 3
 last day undergraduates may with dean's approval drop and change
to or from pass/fail
mercoledì 31
venerdì 2
*Film~ Mio fratello è figlio unico (D. Lucchetti): da vedere entro lunedì 19 aprile
lunedì 5
mercoledì 7
Descrizione del film Mio fratello è figlio unico e della sua musica
venerdì 9
Ripasso. Domande degli studenti sulla grammatica
April 14-16, 19-23: Academic advising for the summer session and the fall semester
lunedì 12
mercoledì 14
L.: La latteria
venerdì 16
L.: La latteria
April 19-30: Registration for the summer session and the fall semester
lunedì 19
mercoledì 21
Commento al film. Domande degli studenti sulla grammatica
venerdì 23
Commento al film. Domande degli studenti sulla grammatica
lunedì 26
TEMA – Versione A. Attività culturali
mercoledì 28
Attività culturali
venerdì 30
Preparazione per la presentazione. Conversazione
lunedì 3
mercoledì 5
venerdì 7
ITL 328 - Composition and Conversation
Spring 2010
Indice delle Letture
“Viva l’Italia” Francesco De Gregori (In giro per la letteratura)
“Tutto merito delle donne se siamo diventati pacifisti” Francesco Alberoni
(In giro per la letteratura)
“Donna di Porto Pim”, “Post Scriptum” Antonio Tabucchi
Novecento Alessandro Baricco
“La latteria” Paolo Rossi (In giro per la letteratura)
These movies will be watched outside of class:
--La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano (Giuseppe Tornatore)
--Mio fratello è figlio unico (Daniele Luchetti)
--Uno dei film presentati da IL CIRCOLO ITALIANO