Italian 101 Beginning First-Year • 5CR
Instructor: Ornella De Stavola
Term: Summer 2007
Time M T W Th 9:30a-11:20a
Classroom: A 130
Item Number: 1498 A
Office: A 245 F
E-mail: Ornella De Stavola email@example.com
Office Hrs: On Monday from 12.00p to 2.00p, by appointment. Please contact me, if possible, at least one day in advance by E-mail.
Text Book: - Nuovo Progetto Italiano 1
- Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana (Livello elementare)
- Authors: T.Marin & S. Magnelli
- Publisher: Edilingua, Roma 2006
Manual: ▪ Libro dello studente + CD-ROM Interattivo (Textbook + Interactive CD-ROM)
▪ Quaderno degli esercizi (Student Activity Manual)
▪ Online activities: www.edilingua.it/progetto
Testo - Textbook Quaderno – Manual
Notebook, pen (black/blue), red pen, pencil and a mini stapler.
For the written TESTS please always use your pen, never your pencil. Thanks
Any English/Italian–Italian/English Dictionary will suffice.
To advance your learning, you are encouraged to explore the various sources available on campus and off:
· The library
· The official Italian TV channel (www.rai.it)
· Traditional and modern music
· Magazines, periodicals
Access both at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/ArtsHum/materials/Summer2007/default.htm (click on World Languages and scroll to your course, click on your instructor’s name) or log-on to MyBcc (a registered e-mail address + password are required to access site and to log-on in the language lab PCs). Set up a MyBcc account so you will be informed by e-mail when new material is posted.
Units studied this quarter: from the Introduction chapter through chapters 1, 2 and completing the 3rd.
· To acquaint you with the language and culture of the Italian world and acquire a basic knowledge of
Italian civilization and lifestyle.
· To help you acquire better study habits.
· To prepare you for an increasingly interdependent world, where the knowledge of different languages and cultures will be necessary.
· To teach you the basics of the Italian language, including: comprehension, speaking, reading, and
· To introduce you to the basics of the Italian language by a communicative and inductive approach.
· You will use vocabulary and grammatical concepts acquired in a natural and spontaneous way.
· You will take an active role in your learning at all times.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Recite the Italian alphabet
- Distinguish between feminine and masculine nouns
- Learn noun-adjective agreement
- Form plural of nouns and adjectives
- Learn definite and indefinite articles
- Count and use cardinal numbers
- Use ordinal numbers
- Understand the geography of Italy: name and recognize its regions and locate main cities and places of
- Ask and provide information
- Introduce yourself and others - Tell your age and where you are from-origin
- Express nationalities - Describe people and things
- Say hello and goodbye formally and informally
- Express yourself in the present tense (are - ere - ire verbs, plus irregular verbs)
- Accept and decline an invitation-Invite someone to join you
- Ask for and tell the time - Ask and tell the date - List the seasons and months
- Use modal verbs to ask permission, express what you must and want to do
- Learn some irregular verbs
- Learn simple prepositions - Use prepositions of movement
- Locate objects in space
- Express possession - Thank and respond with gratitude - Write an e-mail and/or a letter
- Express uncertainty and doubt
- Learn how to use the partitive structure
- Indicate the existence of something (c’e’/ci sono)
- Learn articulated (compound) prepositions
- Ask and tell when an event takes place
- Describe your home or apartment - Name the rooms and its furnishings
- Learn about the public transportation system, the postal and the telephone services in Italy
Course Requirements and Expectations
·Attendance. It is mandatory. All absences and tardiness are unexcused. Your instructor calls roll
daily. You may make only 3 absences per quarter without jeopardizing your grade. For your information: everyone starts with 100 points (=A) for a participation grade. During the quarter, you incur loss of points due to excessive absences, lack of participation in class, refusal to use the target language, and not bringing the required material to class. 5 points will be deducted automatically, beginning with the fourth absence, from your final participation grade, 5 more points with the sixth absence, and so on.
In compliance with the Arts and Humanities Division Expectations, if you have 10 unexcused absences, you will fail the course. I WILL ABIDE BY THIS RULE (See your instructor ASAP if you reach the ninth absence). Warning: 5 tardy arrivals = 1 absence; 15 minutes late in a 50 minutes class = 1 absence. It is your responsibility, as well as mine, to keep track of absences and the number of tardy arrivals per quarter. In order to make true progress in the course attendance and active participation in the target language are crucial.
·Tests. I will give four tests (one per Unit). Each test includes an oral section. The lowest grade will be dropped.
·Self evaluation. They will be taken in class as a quiz (3 total).
·Assignments. You will turn in, stapled, each Unit from Quaderno degli esercizi the day of the test.
(Some assignments may come from online activities). I will not accept homework if is turned in late.
In case of an excused absence, you are expected to turn the due assignment(s) as you come back to
·Oral presentation: You will be divided in groups and/or pairs to present in front of the class.
More information will be provided as the date approaches. I will post the requirements on MyBcc.
·Participation. I>t is expected and mandatory. Come prepared. Participate during in class activities,
volunteer responses, and interact with the instructor and classmates in the target language.
· Final Exam. The final exam will be comprehensive. It includes an oral section.
·Read, Study, and Come Prepared: While in class you can discuss, ask questions and practice a variety
of material, but come prepared by developing good study habits.
In order to achieve success in the course Italian 101, you will be asked to reserve at least 2 hours of
your time to study each day, beyond class time, to do written and oral homework, to practice the
Italian language and to review for the next class session. At each session, it is expected that you have the command of the lesson of the day. Before starting the new Unità always review lessico e
grammatica from the past Unità with the textbook or the CD-ROM.
Supplemental material may be provided for you to augment concepts, grammar, and other content
·Get a Study Buddy: In class, ask for the phone number and email address of a study buddy or two
to keep up with assignments. If you miss a class, please contact a classmate to bring you up-to-date
and be prepared for the next class.
·Doing Your Homework: As soon as possible after each class, complete the corresponding work in the
Workbook. Turn in the homework on time. Make sure the pages are stapled (if applicable) and in order, with your name and course clearly identifiable.
Please write homework and/or tests with black or blue ink, and when making corrections use red ink.
·Set realistic goals: Do not expect to achieve fluency in one quarter.
·If you need extra help: Come and see me!! I will instruct, tutor, and answer all questions. Don’t
hesitate to visit me during office hours.
Grade Distribution Grade Scale
Procedures/Attendance & Other Policies and Standards. Become
familiar with the Arts and Humanities Division Procedures and expectations. They
are considered part of this syllabus.
You can find them at: www.bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/ click on STUDENT INFO then on Student Procedures and Expectations. It will inform you that attendance for students “at all scheduled class meetings is mandatory.” Other policies on dropping the course, maintaining an appropriate classroom
environment, etc. are included in these procedures.
· Courtesy and Good Conduct
- Be courteous and conduct yourself appropriately for learning. This means respecting the rights of other students and the Instructor at all times. It includes turning cell phones and pagers off for each and every class period. If you are habitually disruptive – arriving late, talking out of turn, studying for another class, sleeping – I will ask you to leave.
- Stealing, cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated. A student caught engaging in such activity will receive 0 points for the assignment in question and will be reported, without exception, to the Dean of Student Services.
- No baseball caps/hats are allowed during class time. Remove it promptly as you enter the room.
- Eating a snack (not an entire meal) and enjoying a drink is fine. Please dispose of containers or wrappers upon exiting. Abstain from chewing anything.
- It is extremely impolite to gather your belongings when an activity is still in progress or someone is still speaking. Only the instructor can dismiss class.
- Inform your instructor at the beginning of class if you need to leave early that day.
- Ask permission in the Italian language to use the restroom facilities.
· Special needs
with special needs or disability, please click on http://bellevuecollege.edu/artsHum/policy.html
then scroll to # 15.
If you require accommodations based on a documented disability, have medical information to share,
or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation please make an appointment with me
as soon as possible to discuss your particular need. Visit the DSS office to make arrangements and
keep me informed of any changes.