ITAL110 Elementary Italian I

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL110 Elementary Italian I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students 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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      2. recognize and respond appropriately to most common spoken situations;
      3. demonstrate basic mastery of written Italian; and
      4. explain some common aspects of life in the Italian-speaking countries.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. 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
    Verb piacere
    Word order, sentence structure, and interrogatives
    Adjectives and Bello
    Questo and Quello
    Possessive adjectives
    Modal verbs
    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)

    Cultural contexts

    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
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      1. take quizzes and tests;
      2. complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
      3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
      4. participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
  4. 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.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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