ITAL111 Elementary Italian II

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL111 Elementary Italian II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL110 (C or better) or equivalent
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities, such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with multimedia files that accompany the text.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Art/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this interactive course students continue the work of ITAL111; students acquire a further working knowledge of Italian necessary to accomplish basic tasks. Instruction continues to emphasize comprehension and more practice in pronunciation and conversation and addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within an authentic Italian cultural context.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    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 [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    • Modal verbs: dovere, potere, and volere
    • Possessive and adjectives reviewed
    • Direct and indirect object pronouns
    • The imperfect and differences with the passato prossimo reviewed
    • Adverbs
    • Progressive tenses in present and past
    • Disjunctive pronouns
    • Reflexive verbs and pronouns
    • The future and conditional tenses
    • Imperatives tu, noi, and vo
    • Introduction to subjunctive

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • Eating, restaurants, and cooking in Italy
    • Entertainment and leisure time activities
    • Dressing in Italy, fashion, and health
    • Asking for information and making purchases in stores
    • The world of work

    Cultural contexts:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of Italian cuisine and dining rituals
    • Compare and contrast Italian cities and historic centers
    • Leisure-time activities, music and sports
    • Compare and contrast Italian design, style, and fashion
    • Examine historical background and artistic productions, including music
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    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.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students 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 Student:

    Students utilize text, workbook, and multimedia resources for first-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015