Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
RL113 Intermediate Italian I. Fall 2005
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Coordinator: Brian O'Connor, Lyons 303a firstname.lastname@example.org
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
lunedì 12/9 Indicativo presente: Da capo p. 6 ess. A e B; p. 11, ess. B e D ,
mercoledì 14/9 Lettura
lunedì 19/9 Quiz 1; Lettura
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!