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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL111 (C or better) or equivalent
Corequisites
None
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.
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. review, refine, and demonstrate an expanded control of the four essential language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. Cultural Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests which examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices of some Italian-speaking people.
      2. International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests in which they 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 Students:

    Students utilize text, workbook, and multimedia resources for second-year proficiency-based Italian program. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

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