ITAL250 Advanced Italian I

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL250 Advanced Italian I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL202 (C or better) or by permission of the Department of Language and Literature
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 and websites 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 emphasizes developing greater proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian through study of more complex language structure, discussion of current Italian media, reading more difficult literary texts, and deeper study of the culture and history of Italy.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. 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 Italy [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    • Impersonal constructions and passive
    • Relative pronouns
    • Indefinite words: molto, qualche, tanto, etc.
    • Negative constructions
    • Gerund and progressive tenses
    • Infinitive constructions
    • Impersonal constructions
    • The present subjunctive: wishes, hope, emotions, advice

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • More nouns and verbs used to talk about travel and leisure activities of today
    • Nouns and verbs relating to life in Italian cities
    • Identifying characteristics and facts about Italian culture, history and politics

    Cultural contexts:

    • Nouns and verbs relating to regions of Italy in their cultural particulars
    • Nouns and verbs relating to the creative spirit in Italian society
    • The Italian-speaking community in the United States
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. complete quizzes and tests;
    2. complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
    4. participate in conversations, dialogues, 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 use text, workbook, and multimedia resources of third-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 06/2014; New Core 8/2015