ITAL202 Intermediate Italian II

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL202 Intermediate Italian II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL201 (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
This course combines review with new and more complex language usage than were studied in ITAL201. Instruction continues to emphasize intermediate-level speaking, listening comprehension, idiomatic usage, and practice in writing. An Italian cultural reader focuses on Italian history and culture.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four 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. demonstrate ability to 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:

    • Review of subjunctive tense
    • Hypothetical and se expressions
    • Relative clauses
    • The passive voice and the preposition da
    • Remote past for reading knowledge

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • Dialects
    • Media, newspapers, and television
    • The European Union and Italian political scene
    • Italian-Americans and the experience of immigration

    Cultural contexts:

    • Italian films contrasted with Hollywood
    • Popular and classical music and the tradition of the cantautori
    • Analyze Italian drama and short fiction
    • Examine Italian regional conflicts and their historical background
    • Contrasts between Italy and the perception of Italy in the U.S.
    • The European Union and the future of Italy
  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