ITAL251 Advanced Italian II

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL251 Advanced Italian II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL250 (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 builds on the instruction from ITAL250. Students continue to develop 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:

    • Express the conditional and the future tense
    • Learn the uses of si and impersonal constructions
    • Use relative pronouns
    • Learn present subjunctive with impersonal constructions
    • Use the imperfect subjunctive
    • Imperfect and past perfect subjunctives
    • Learn hypothetical conditions, using imperfect subjunctive and conditional

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • More nouns and verbs used to talk about work and city life in the Italian-speaking world
    • Nouns and verbs relating to family relationships
    • Nouns and verbs relating to pollution and other environmental problems

    Cultural contexts:

    • More nouns and verbs to discuss Italian art, design, classical and popular music
    • Reporting and discussing Italian traditions and changes
    • Discussing causes and effects of current cultural events
  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 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 second-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 6/2013; New Core 8/2015