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Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Course Syllabus Fall 2011
Prof. Maria C. Mansella

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Course: Basic Spoken Italian I - ITAL - 1000  






















12-23- 11


Course Description

Basic Spoken Italian I is an elective course for the student who has never studied Italian or has little preparation. It emphasizes pronunciation, and understanding of basic vocabulary in everyday conversations, dialogues for travel and other practical use.
Basic Spoken Italian I will cover approximately 6 chapters from Buongiorno Italia, Capitolo 1- 6. Additional material will be provided by instructor.

Course Objective

Basic Spoken Italian I will provide the student with vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed to develop basic conversational skills. The four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be emphasized. The primary focus will be placed on communicative interaction in Italian. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation for the Italian language and culture.


Joseph Cremona Buongiorno Italia New Edition, BBC 2005


1. Presentation of active vocabulary.

2. Reading aloud of the text (in form of letters, dialogues, monologues, narrative, etc.) for pronunciation, intonation, oral practice and comprehension.

3. Activities and exercises such as questioning and answering for comprehension, and oral practice.

4. Dictation, translation and listening activities (Italian -English; English-Italian) for comprehension, basic grammar, and accurate use of idiomatic expressions.

5. Presentation and explanation of basic grammar drills; exercises prepared written and orally utilizing the grammar, vocabulary, and idioms.

6. Team learning will be strongly encouraged. The class will be divided in groups or pairing of students to work together on assigned activities in which the Italian language will be used. The objective is to develop creativity, reinforcement, motivation and self-confidence.

7. Audio visual material such as cultural videos, selected conversational units will provide material for listening comprehension, appreciation, and class discussion.

8. Cultural videos, photographs, and "realia" in general will be presented in the course in order to develop an awareness and appreciation for the Italian language and culture.

9. Instructorsí web pages will be used in order to facilitate students learning, to explore students' academic curiosity and to connect technology standards with foreign languages standards.

10. Students will participate in cultural activities sponsored by the Italian Club and other  educational organizations. The objective is to provide the students with interesting learning experiences in order to fulfill personal, academic and professional growth.


All students are strongly advised to review: Community College of Rhode Island 2011-2012 Student Handbook

1. Students will act responsibly (interest, attendance, preparation, contribution to the class, and respect for each other.) Each student has the right to expect the College to fulfill its educational responsibilities as effectively as its capacity and resources will permit. Correspondingly, the college must exercise the right to establish and maintain standards of conduct, which will promote an atmosphere conducive to learning and meaningful individual development.

2. In order to facilitate learning, classroom propriety shall be maintained at all times; food is not permitted in the classroom. In consideration of the instructor and other students, punctual attendance at all class meetings is required. Cellular phones, blackberries, pagers, and watch alarms MUST BE SWITCHED OFF during class. NO cell phones are permitted on desktops and under the desk.

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a. Attendance

Attendance will be taken regularly. It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor in case of absence; be prepared at all times and arrange make-up of classroom work if necessary. Much of the class is interactive, attendance and participation are very important. It is the studentís responsibility to notify the instructor at the end of the class period of their tardiness or they will be marked absent. Students who leave class early will also be marked absent. Students are encouraged to use e-mail pals, to form group study and to share with each other relevant material researched outside of class. Students are encouraged to work with peer tutors, especially beneficial for those students seeking reinforcement and extra practice. For more information visit:

b. Preparation

Homework assignment will be given during class meetings. Students are expected to spend several hours a week on class assignments. Homework will be reviewed in class and/or collected by instructor.

c. Quizzes/Exams

A quiz "un esamino" will be given each week. There will be a mid-term and a final exam.  Questions related to the readings, grammar, vocabulary, and culture will be included in quizzes, mid-term and final examinations. NO MAKE-UP quizzes, mid-term and final exams are given.


N. B. The final grade will be based on attendance, class participation, and the increasing ability to converse and write with ease and competence in the target language. 

1. 25% Homework assignment and class participation
2. 25% Weekly quizzes
3. 25% Mid-term
4. 25% Final exam


2011 Fall Calendar

Course Learning Outcomes

Foreign Language Concentration

2012 Summer Program in Italy

CCRI Italian Club

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