ITAL110 Elementary Italian I
Department of Language & Literature: Italian
Course Number and TitleITAL110 Elementary Italian I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class learning vocabulary, reading, completing writing exercises and compositions, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.
Catalog Course DescriptionIn this course students learn the basics of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian. It stresses oral proficiency, correct pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammatical accuracy, as well as the cultural and historical backgrounds of the Italian-speaking countries.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
- recognize and respond appropriately to most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate basic mastery of written Italian; and
- explain some common aspects of life in the Italian-speaking countries.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Grammatical topics
The present tense of regular and stem-changing verbs
The present tense of essential irregular verbs
Word order, sentence structure, and interrogatives
Adjectives and Bello
Questo and Quello
The present perfect tense to express past actions
Vocabulary and social contexts
Greetings describing oneself and meeting others
Telling time and dates
Life in Italian schools and universities
Basics of Italian geography/the city
Family and home life
Food and grocery shopping (weights and measures)
Geography and history of Italy, including major cities and monuments
Levels of formality and linguistic variation in address
Italian manners and customs
Italian cuisine, family life, and school systems
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises; and
- participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- Cultural Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests which examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and /or defend differing world views and practices of some Italian-speaking people.
- International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests in which they articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Students utilize text, workbook, and multimedia resources for first-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011