ITAL201 Intermediate Italian I

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL201 Intermediate Italian I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL111 (C or better) or equivalent
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.

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

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course students study vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic constructions; and continue to hone speaking, listening and writing skills. Students write compositions using new and more complex language structures and read culture-related materials.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. review, refine, and demonstrate an expanded control of the four essential language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
    3. write increasingly complex sentences in Italian; and
    4. explain an increasing number of aspects of life in the Italian-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    • Future (review) and conditional tenses
    • Reflexive and reciprocal verbs
    • Comparatives and superlatives, with irregulars
    • Commands (tu, noi, and voi) and formal
    • Present subjunctive and its uses
    • Relative pronouns

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • The body and health
    • Clothing and fashion
    • The world of work and business
    • Modes of transportation

    Cultural contexts:

    • Analyze fashion and design
    • Critique the differing roles of women in Italian society
    • Demonstrate critical awareness of Italian economy and politics
    • Italian music, popular and classical, compared and contrasted
    • Geography and regional differences, dialects and linguistic variations
  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 second-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015