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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL201 (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
This course combines review with new and more complex language usage than were studied in ITAL201. It 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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      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.

    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

    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 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