ITAL 219-001_In ssia Barbici


American University Department of Language and Foreign Studies Italian 219-001: Intermediate Italian II Spring 2009: McKinley 205, Tue & Fri, 12:45-2:00 PM; Wed, 12:45-1:35 PM

Instructor Office Alessia Barbici-Wagner McKinley 256 Office Hours Wednesdays 2-3 PM Voice Mail 202.885.1466 E-mail Textbooks [email protected]


A vicenda: cultura

. McGraw-Hill, 2009. 2)

Assorted handouts to be distributed in class by the instructor

. 3)

HarperCollins Italian Concise Dictionary

. HarperCollins (Fourth Edition), 2005.

Course Description

This course will provide students with more advanced skills in speaking, reading and writing comprehension. Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural topics about Italy (including the use of film and television media). By the end of the semester students will be able to converse in Italian about a variety of topics that reflect real-life situations and to write short, guided compositions describing everyday life based on the Italian reader

A vicenda: cultura

. In addition, they will be able to utilize all of the verb tenses, including the subjunctive. Students and teacher will converse and write only in Italian (with possible exceptions for grammatical/textual explanations).


3 Tests 2 Compositions 1 Oral Presentation 1 Oral Exam Attendance and 30% 10% 10% 10% Participation Homework Final Exam 10% 10% 20%

(1 May, McKinley 205, 11:20 AM - 1:50 PM)

Attendance and Participation 10%

The student’s performance in class is part of his/her work. Students should be fully prepared before coming to class. Attendance will affect the final grade. Students are expected to attend all sessions and to participate actively during each class meeting. An absence does not excuse missed work. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor or a classmate if an assignment is missed.

Each absence over 3 will result in a reduction in your attendance and participation grade, e.g., if your attendance and participation grade is an A, a 4 th absence will drop it to a B; a 5 th to a C; a 6 th to a D, and 7 absences or more will result in a 0 for attendance and participation.

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F

Homework 10%

Students should be fully prepared before coming to class. Specific written and oral assignments will be given for dates specified by the instructor. Each student’s homework grade will be based on the quality of his/her homework throughout the semester. No late work will be accepted.

Oral Exam 10%

The oral exam, a five minute conversation, will be completed during the last two weeks of the semester at an individual time scheduled with your instructor.

Oral Presentation 10%

Each student will perform a short (4 to 5 minute) oral communication class activity in Italian utilizing the readings and vocabulary that we are studying this semester. Different topics will be chosen by the instructor.

Presentations will not be read.

Work will be graded for clarity, fluency, pronunciation, grammatical accuracy and preparation.

3 Tests 30%

Tests will consist of three parts: listening comprehension, writing, as well as reading and/or composition.

2 Compositions 10%

The instructor will choose the topics based on material covered in class.

Final Exam 20% (1 May, Asbury 222, 11:20 AM - 1:50 PM)

The final exam is cumulative. No make-ups will be given.

The Final Exam must be taken on the date specified. Do not book flights conflicting with the exam date. Grading Scale

A 93-100 90-92 88-89 83-87 80-82 78-79 72-77 67-71 60-66 59 and below

Please do not hesitate to speak with me should you have any problems, comments or questions about the course. Be proactive; do not wait for a test to ask questions!


Students with concerns or comments should first speak with his or her instructor, who will do everything that s/he can to address all concerns, questions, comments and suggestions presented by students. You may also e-mail or phone your instructor to schedule a private meeting during his/her office hours. Issues that cannot be addressed by the instructor should be brought to the attention of Dr. Gail Riley in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies ( [email protected]


Academic Integrity

I take plagiarism and academic dishonesty very seriously, and I am required to report cases to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, whose policy is to fail students for the course. Please read the university's

Academic Integrity Code

closely, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions. The code is available online at


Academic and Disability Support Services

If you experience difficulty in this course for any reason, please don't hesitate to consult with me. In addition to the resources of the department, a wide range of services is available to support you in your efforts to meet the course requirements.

Academic Support Center

(x3360, MGC 201) offers study skills workshops, individual instruction, tutor referrals, and services for students with learning disabilities.

Counseling Center

(x3500, MGC 201) offers counseling and consultations regarding personal concerns, self-help information, and connections to off-campus mental health resources.

Disability Support Services

(x3315, MGC 206) offers technical and practical support and assistance with accommodations for students with physical or psychological disabilities. If you have a disability and might require accommodations in this course, please notify me with a letter from DSS or LS early in the semester so that we can make arrangements to address your needs. If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me in a timely manner with a letter from the Academic Support Center or Disability Support Services so that we can make arrangements to address your needs.

Class Schedule

13 gennaio, martedi’ Introduzione, sillabo Compiti:

A vicenda

pp. 1-6; esercizi A p.3, A p. 6. Fate particolare attenzione alla lettura perche’ in classe faremo dei commenti.

14 gennaio, mercoledi’ Lettura <>, discussione e esercizio comprensione della lettura Compiti: esercizi p. 9-10-11-12.

16 gennaio, venerdi’ Lettura: <


>>, esercizi di comprensione lettura. Compiti: esercizi attivita’ communicative e Attualita’ p. 14-15-16. Capitolo 2, da pagina17 a pagina 20 20 gennaio, martedi’


21 gennaio, mercoledi’ I giovani italiani: <> ed esercizi di comprensione Compiti: esercizi “Attivita’ communicative” pp. 24 e lettura due pagine 25-26. 23 gennaio, venerdi’ Lettura: <> ed esercizi di comprensione Compiti: esercizi “Attivita’ comunicative p. 29-30, Attualita’ pagina 30 e Scriviamo pagina 31 (scegli un argomento di A,B-o C). 27 gennaio, martedi’ Lettura: Una storia complicata, parte II -esercizi di comprensione Compiti: esercizi p. 35-36-37. 28 gennaio, mercoledi’ Lettura: <>, ripasso Compiti: preparazione per Esame #1. 30 gennaio, venerdi’

Esame #1


Esercizi libro pagina 40-41-42-43

3 febbraio, martedi’ Lettura <>, esercizi di comprensione Compiti: pagina 47- 48 (un argomento), 49-51-52

4 febbraio, mercoledi’ Lettura: <>, esercizi di comprensione Compiti: esercizi pagina 55- 56-57-58 6 febbraio, venerdi’ Lettura: <> , esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: completa pagina 59- 60- 61-62 (scegli un solo argomento) 10 febbraio, martedi’ Lettura: < parte III, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag. 66-67-68 11 febbraio, mercoledi’ Lettura: <> esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag. 72-73-74 13 febbraio, venerdi’ Lettura: << Goal>>, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag. 76-77-78 17 febbraio, martedi’ Lettura: << La leva calcistica della classe’68>>, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: Attualita’ pagine 80 e scriviamo pagina 81 (scegli solo un argomento) 18 febbraio, mercoledi’


- prima parte Compiti: pagina 83-84-85 20 febbraio, venerdi’ Film- ultima parte Compiti

: Saggio #1

24 febbraio, martedi’ Lettura: <>, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: 87-88-89 25 febbraio, mercoledi’ Lettura:<< Il treno verde di Legambiebte e Trenitalia>>, ripasso esame Compiti: preparazione per Esame #2 27 febbraio, venerdi’

Esame #2

Compiti: esercizi pagina 92-93-94

3 marzo, martedi’ Lettura, Una storia complicate parte IV, esercizi di comprensione Compiti: pag. 98-99-100 4 marzo, mercoledi’ Lettura: <>, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: 103-104 6 marzo, venerdi’ Lettura: <> esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag., 108 (scegli un argomento)-110-111-112-113 10, 11 e 13 marzo


.- Spring Break 17 marzo, martedi’ Lettura:<>, esercizi di compresnione. Compiti: pag. 116 C, lettura 2 pag 117-118-119 18 marzo, mercoledi’ Film- prima parte Compiti: lettura di pag. 119 ed esercizi di comprensione pag. 120- 121 A/B- attualita’ pag 122-123. 20 marzo, venerdi’ Film- ultima parte Compiti:

Saggio #2

24 marzo, martedi’ Lettura <> parte V, esercizi di comprensione Compiti: pagina127-128-129, pagina 123 (scegli un argomento) 25 marzo, mercoledi’ Lettura: <>, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: Attivita’ communicative pag. 132-133, lettura 2 pag. 133-134 27 marzo, venerdi’ Letture: << intervista con Jahira>>, <>. Compiti: 138-139 da “Scriviamo” scegli solo un argomento. Pag. 141-142-143 31 marzo, martedi’ Lettura: << Il made in Italy>>. Esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag. 147-148, 153 da “Scriviamo” scegli solo un argomento.

1° aprile, mercoledi’ Lettura: <>, ripasso esame Compiti: preparazione per Esame #3 3 aprile, venerdi’

Esame #3

Compiti: Una storia complicate ed esercizi – da pagina 155 a pagina 159 7 aprile, martedi’ Lettura: << Intervista a Nanni Moretti>> ed esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: pag. 163-164-165 e da “Scriviamo” pag. 168 scegli un argomento. 8 aprile, mercoledi’ Lettura: <> ed esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: “Una storia complicata” parte VII ed esercizio di comprensione pag 171. Esercizi di pre lettura 1 pag.172-173-174 10 aprile, venerdi’

Presentazioni orali

14 aprile, martedi’

Presentazioni orali Compiti per coloro che hanno fatto la presentazione orale: pag. 175 fino a pag.179

15 aprile, mercoledi’ Letture da pagina 180 a pagina 183, esercizi di comprensione. Compiti: Attivita’ communicative A e C pag. 185, Scrittura pag. 186 scegli un argomento. 17 aprile, venerdi’

Esami orali

21 aprile, martedi’

Esami orali

22 aprile, mercoledi’ Ripasso 24 aprile, venerdi’ Ripasso finale

1 May, venerdi’ Final Exam

McKinley 205

11:20 AM - 1:50 PM