Boston College        Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

RL113    Intermediate Italian I.        Fall 2005

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Coordinator:  Brian O'Connor,     Lyons 303a         oconnobc@bc.edu

 

Course description: Course description: The purpose of this course is to further develop students' knowledge of Italian language and culture. The student will move from the base of simple everyday language towards more sophisticated and expressive spoken and written language. The course is conceived in part as a review and deepening of the skills acquired in Elementary Italian I and II. While oral communication is still highlighted, especially in class, a new emphasis is given to written language.  At the end of the semester the student will have a thorough familiarity with the basic structures of the Italian language, a more developed vocabulary, and the skills necessary to carry on a fairly complex conversation on everyday topics with an Italian native. Another important goal of the course is to gain concrete knowledge of Italy's rich cultural  traditions as well as life in contemporary Italy.

 

Texts:      Da capo 5th ed.by Lazzarino and Moneti

                   Readings accessible on line

                   An Italian-English dictionary:  the B.C. Bookstore carries the Cambridge Italian Dictionary . Students who plan on continuing in Italian studies should consider investing in a better dictionary. Many are available at Borders in the Atrium Mall or Schoenhoff's bookstore in Harvard Square.

 

 Grading:        Tests (4 @ 60 points)                                 240 points

                            Quizzes (4 at 15 points)                        60 points

                            Comprehensive Final Exam                            200 points

                            Oral exercise                                     50 points

                            Presentations (4 at 35 points)                 140 points

                            Homework                                         100 points

                            Participation/Preparation                       210 points

 

                            Total                                                 1000 points

 

Absences:  In order to participate and practice the skills you are acquiring you must be in class each day. The department considers more than three absences to be excessive. All subsequent absences, unless officially excused by the Dean's office, will reflect negatively in the participation component of the grade.

 

Final exam: This course has a departmental final exam that will be given on Saturday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m.  Please note that this date is different from that indicated in the CORRS listing.

 

Absences: In order to participate and practice the skills you are acquiring you must be in class each day. The department considers more than three absences to be excessive. All subsequent absences, unless excused by the Dean, will reflect negatively in the participation part of the grade.

 

Final exam: This course has a departmental final exam that will be given on Saturday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m.  Please note that this date is different from that indicated in the CORSS listing.

 

PRACTICUM: Once again, there will be a practicum for those students who desire to have extra input  one day a week. This is a separate course, which counts for one credit and has a separate grade which will be computed into your GPA. The class size is limited to ten students, so there will be plenty of opportunity for extra oral practice and individual questions as well as preparation for tests and assignments. The grade for the course is based on attendance, participation, and some written assignments.

There is one open section of the practicum for Intermediate Italian II:

            Index# 9460        RL11101           Thursday 9:00-9:50

 

 

Programma per il corso

 

mercoledì 7/9                  Introduzione al corso       

venerdì 9/9                     I GIOVANI ITALIANI: Introduzione al tema Siti Internet Vocabolario utile, Letture per I GIOVANI

 

lunedì  12/9                    Indicativo presente: Da capo p. 6 ess. A e B; p. 11, ess. B e D ,

mercoledì 14/9 Lettura               

venerdì 16/9                    Nomi: Da capo p. 17 ess. A e B; Articoli indeterminativi: p. 37 ess. A e C.

 

lunedì 19/9                     Quiz 1; Lettura

mercoledì 21/9                Articoli determinativi: Da capo p.64 es. A; Aggettivi: p.34 ess. A, B e C

venerdì 23/9                    Lettura

 

lunedì 26/9                     Presentazioni orali e scritte

mercoledì 28/9                Test 1 sui GIOVANI

venerdì 30/9                    VIAGGIARE IN ITALIA: Introduzione al tema

 

lunedì 3/10                     Imperfetto: Da capo p. 30 ess. A, B e D

mercoledì 5/10                Lettura

venerdì 7/10                    Passato prossimo: Da capo p. 57 es. A; p. 58 ess. A e C; p. 60 es. A

 

lunedì 10/10                   Festa di Cristoforo Colombo; lezioni sospese

mercoledì 12/10               Quiz 2; lettura  

venerdì 14/10                  Passato prossimo e imperfetto: Da capo p. 86 ess A, B, C e D

 

lunedì 17/10                   Lettura

mercoledì  19/10              Presentazioni orali e scritte

venerdì 21/10                  Test 2 sul VIAGGIARE

 

lunedì 24/10                   CINEMA ITALIANO: Introduzione al tema

mercoledì 26/10               Pronomi diretti e indiretti: Da capo p. 90 es. A; p. 113 ess A, B, C e D

venerdì 28/10                  Lettura

 

lunedì 31/10                   Ci e Ne: Da capo p. 148 es. A; p. 151 ess. A e B

mercoledì  2/11               Quiz 3; Lettura

venerdì 4/11                    Pronomi combinati: Da capo p.154 ess A, B e C

 

lunedì 7/11                     Lettura

mercoledì  9/11               Presentazioni orali e scritte

venerdì 11/11                  Test 3 sul CINEMA ITALIANO

 

lunedì 14/11                   MADE IN ITALY: Introduzione al tema

mercoledì 16/11               Futuro: Da capo p. 169 ess. A, B, D e F

venerdì 18/11                  Lettura

 

lunedì 21/11                   Condizionale:  Da capo p. 173 ess A, C e D

mercoledì 23/11               Festa di Thangsgiving

venerdì 25/11                  lezioni sospese

 

lunedì 28/11                   Quiz 4; Lettura

mercoledì 30/11               Aggettivi e pronomi indefiniti: Da capo p. 126 ess. A, B e C             

venerdì  2/12                   Lettura

 

lunedì    5/12                  Presentazioni orali e scritte

mercoledì 7/12                Test 4 sul MADE IN ITALY

venerdì   9/12                 Esercizio orale

 

lunedì  12/12                  Ripasso generale

sabato 17/12                   Esame finale ore 16,00

 

A note to students: Welcome to Intermediate Italian I. This year we are trying something new with Intermediate Italian: a completely thematic and cultural approach to learning the Italian language. All grammar, vocabulary, and readings will be presented within a cultural context within the following four themes: Young people in Italy, Travel and tourism, Cinema, and Italian products and industry.

            By looking at the programma per il corso, you can see that the course program is divided into four units according to the themes. For each unit there will be discussion, vocabulary, grammar, a series of short readings and one longer reading, student presentations in groups, a quiz and a test. We will try to stay with the following pattern for each unit:

 

Before the unit begins: a vocabulary list and a set of suggested web sites for the themes will be distributed. Homework (for day 1): begin to learn the vocabulary; spend 1-2 hours navigating the web sites according to personal interests. Take notes on links or interesting facts for discussion in class,  or for reference when you begin preparing your presentation.

 

Day 1: Discussion of the theme in class. Feedback from students on what they have learned from internet research.

Homework for Day 2: grammar exercises.

 

Day 2: Grammar work and review of homework. Further discussion of the theme.

Homework for Day 3: begin the series of assigned readings.

 

Day 3: Discussion of readings and connected exercises.

Homework for Day 4: grammar exercises.

 

Day 4: Grammar work and review of homework. Further discussion of the theme.

Homework for Day 5: continue the series of assigned readings and prepare for a short quiz.

 

Day 5: A short quiz on previous grammar and vocabulary. Discussion of readings and connected exercises. Homework for Day 6: complete assigned grammar exercises.

 

Day 6: Grammar work and review of homework. Further discussion of the theme.

Homework for Day 7: complete the series of assigned readings

 

Day 7: Discussion of readings and connected exercises.

Homework for Day 8: prepare presentation on the theme with a written version.

 

Day 8: Presentations in class on topics chosen by students. These topics can be suggested by previous Internet research and should fit into the unit theme. Topics will be presented in small groups and a written version (about 1 to 1 1/2 pages) will be turned in to the instructor.

Homework for Day 9: prepare for test.

 

Day 9: Unit test on all materials covered within the unit, including grammar, vocabulary, readings and class discussions.

Homework: materials distributed for next unit.

 

The success of this approach requires regular attendance, and especially good preparation before coming to class. You can see that there is some sort of assignment for every day and in order to participate you must be on top of that day's assignment. In spite of the regimented appearance of the program, we hope that this different approach will be more fun and interesting for you and give you good insights and knowledge of the richness and complexity of Italy's culture, as well as your ability to speak and understand Italian.

 

Thank you and have a great semester!