Italian 102 Syllabus

Dr. Anthony Costantini
Italian 102—Spring 2014
Office Room: Sierra Tower 434- Phone Ext: 7226
Office hours: Tu/Th 9:00-9:30 and 3:50-5:00PM
Final Exam- Tuesday, May 13 from 8:00 to 10:00AM
Class Information
T/Th 9:30-11:10—Room: JR3203
Books Oggi in Italia (F. Merlonghi/F. Merlonghi, and J. Tursi)
Workbook for Oggi in Italia
Recommended: English Grammar for Students of Italian (S. Adorni and K.
Primorac (The Olivia and HillPress 1995)
Course Description
This course is a continuation of Italian 101/C. The general characteristics of the course
(methodology, origins of the Italian language, importance of studying a foreign language,
language lab, grading, etc) will be discussed in depth the first day of class. This course has two
1) to provide the student with the basic skills for understanding and speaking Italian. To
that end, work will consist of a) grammar; b) oral practice; c) practice in reading and writing.
2) to familiarize the student with Italian culture. This goal will be achieved through
a) reading, discussion, presentations; b) cultural programs sponsored by the Italian Section of the
Department of MCLL. Presentations and practice will be contextual (real life situations) and,
whenever possible, oriented to the students’ interests. Italian will be the spoken language in
class. Students will also use media material available in the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center
(JR 316). A large portion of class time will be spent using the language interactively, your
participation will be essential.
SLOs- Student Learning
Outcome Learning, speaking, reading and writing competencies based on ACTFL standards:
Intermediate to advanced level. At the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the
ability to:
1. ask directions and getting information about travel, transportation, lodging, etc
2. interact successfully in informal situations of daily life such as eating in a
restaurant, meeting people in a bar or coffee shop, buying food in a local
shop or in a supermarket, buying clothes in a “mercato all’aperto”
3. narrate their experiences had in a foreign country or simply visiting other
parts of the United States
4. express likes, dislikes, and preferences
5. communicate in Italian through a fairly large active vocabulary
There will be regular assignments consisting of grammatical exercises and cultural reading in
context with each chapter treated. You will be required to complete the exercises in the
Workbook as well as handouts as assigned. As an integral part of your class assignments, you
will be required to follow the “Tell me more” program and to use our tutorship service at the
Barbara Ann Language Center as indicated. Details on tutorship will be presented in class. Class
attendance is mandatory. It is the University policy that if you miss more than three classes
without proper justification, your grade will be lowered one letter grade (“A” will be changed to
“B,” etc). Repeated later arrival will count as partial absences.
Grade Distribution
Grading will be both objective (attendance, homework, quizzes, exams, etc.) and subjective
(effort, participation, progress, etc.). Grades will be determined based on the following: quizzes
25%; midterm 25%; final 25%; homework, attendance, class participation, completion of the
“Tell Me More Program,” tutorship 25%.
Quizzes and exams
While quizzes will concentrate more on the grammatical unit or units studied, midterm and final
will cover the activities of listening, reading, and writing. The percentage of each activity will be
spelled out in the exam. If necessary one quiz may be devoted only to activity of listening and
answering questions.
Helpful web sites
Class etiquette
Absolutely no cell activity during class. Unacceptable or negative behavior involves always
asking teacher and classmate; moving around and going out to make phone calls; not paying
attention to the teacher and acting bored as you were not part of the class; stretching your legs to
occupy two seats; eating or munching; getting up to throw a piece of paper in the trash can or
sharpening a pencil.
Outline of Course Content:
Week 1/2/3: Review of grammatical and conversational material of Italian 101/C- Homework
material will be handed in class.
Week 4: First Quiz- Lezione sette: Verbi riflessivi (160-163) - From now on, homework material
will be related to each grammatical unit studied and present in both the Textbook and the
Week 5: Second Quiz - Imperativo informale (163-166)- (Skip Imperativo formale on p. 167).
Partitive (169-170)Week 6: In giro per l”Italia (173-175)- Lezione 8: Una cena in famiglia (177) Vocabolario(178)-La famiglia italiana (179)-Pronuncia (180)- Ampliamento del vocabolario
(180-181)- Lei viaggia (182)-: Dovere/Ptoere/Dovere (184-186)Week 7: Pronomi diretti (186-190)- (Skip Aggettivi e pronomi dimostrativi) –Parliamo un po’
(193-194)- Third Quiz
Week 8: In giro per l’Italia (104-197)- Lezione 9: Un anno all’estero (199-200)- Vocabolario
(200)- Pronuncia (202)- Ampliamento del vocabolario (203)- Alcune espressioni di tempo con
“ogni, volta, etc (205)- Imperfetto (206-209)Week 9: Midterm- Espressioni negative (210-212)- Pronomi personali tonici (213-214)Week 10: Lezione 10- Ad una mostra cinemtografica (220-221)- Vocabolario (222)- Il cinema
italiano (223)-Pronuncia (224)- Ampliamento del vocabolario (225)- Contrasto tra l’imperfetto e
il passato prossimo (228-231)Week 11: Plurale di alcuni nomi e aggettivi (231-233)- Sapere e conoscere (234-236)In giro per l’Italia 239-243). Fourth Quiz –
Week 12: Lezione 11: La settimana bianca (245-46)- Pronuncia (248-249)- Ampliamento del
vocabolario (250-251)- Oggetti personali utili (252)- Pronomi indiretti (253-257)- Costruzioni
con piacere (257-260)Week 13: Verbi riflessivi con significato di reciprocità (260-262)- In giro per l’Italia (266-268)Lezione 12: Chi gioca? (270-271)- Vocabolario (272)- Pronuncia (273-274)Ampliamento del vocabolario (275-276)- Fifth Quiz Week 14: Futuro semplice (276-280)- (Skip Trapassato)- Il pronome “ne” e l’avverbio “ci”(283-286)- Lezione 13: Cento di questi giorni (292-293)Week 15: Vocabolario (294)- Ampliamento del vocabolario (296-297)- Condizionale (298-300)Review-