ITAL110 Elementary Italian I

Department of Language & Literature: Italian

I. Course Number and Title
ITAL110 Elementary Italian I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
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 learn the basics of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian. Instruction stresses oral proficiency, correct pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammatical accuracy, as well as the cultural and historical backgrounds of the Italian-speaking countries.
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:

    • The present tense of regular and stem-changing verbs
    • The present tense of essential irregular verbs
    • Verb piacere
    • Word order, sentence structure, and interrogatives
    • Adjectives and Bello
    • Questo and Quello
    • Possessive adjectives
    • Modal verbs
    • The present perfect tense to express past actions

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    • Greetings describing oneself and meeting others
    • Telling time and dates
    • Life in Italian schools and universities
    • Basics of Italian geography/the city
    • Family and home life
    • Food and grocery shopping (weights and measures)

    Cultural contexts:

    • Geography and history of Italy, including major cities and monuments
    • Levels of formality and linguistic variation in address
    • Italian manners and customs
    • Italian cuisine, family life, and school systems
  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