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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
ITAL202 (C or better) or by permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisites
None
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.
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. 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 Italy.

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

      Category III:
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will be able to:
      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:
    • 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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
      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.

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

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests and/ 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 use text, workbook, and multimedia resources of third-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.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 06/2014