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Course Syllabus     Spring 2010

Course: Elementary Italian I - ITAL - 1030

Title Section Credits Days Time Building Room Start




R 4:30pm




01-25-10 05-17-10   Prof.: Maria C. Mansella
Office:  Room 3168
Tel.: 825-2011/2168
Office Hrs.: MW 10:00-11:00 AM
                                12:00-1:00 PM
WR 3:00-4:00PM or by appointment

Course Description

Elementary Italian I (ITAL-1010) is a course for the beginning student with little or some preparation in Italian. The course will present elements of the language: conversation, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. Cultural aspects of Italy will be emphasized. The focus will be on communicative Italian.

Course Objective

This course will provide the student with vocabulary and grammar patterns needed to develop 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.


Lazzarino/Peccianti/Aski/Dini In giro per l'Italia 2nd Edition.  McGraw Hill Co. 2006
Lazzarino/Aski/Peccianti/Dini In giro per l'Italia Workbook/Laboratory Manual 2nd Edition. McGraw Hill Co. 2006.


1. Presentation of active vocabulary, idioms and grammatical structures.

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, grammar, and accurate use of idiomatic expressions.

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

6. Cooperative 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, Italian films, 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 page 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 are strongly advised to participate in the cultural activities sponsored by the Italian Club and other educational organizations. The objective is to provide the students with interesting learning experiences pertaining to the Italian language and culture outside the classroom and to connect with students and community members from other organizations and institutions.


All students are strongly advised to review: Community College of Rhode Island 2009-2010 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 the desktops and under the desk.

a. Attendance

Attendance will be taken regularly. Each class will consist of a variety of learning activities including lecturers, cultural discussions, readings and dialogues. It is impossible to recreate these learning experiences for those who have missed a class. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor in case of justified absence; be prepared at all times and arrange make-up of classroom work if necessary. Much of the class is interactive, so attendance and participation are very important. Students are encouraged to use e-mail pals, to form group study, and to work with tutors - especially beneficial for those students seeking reinforcement and extra practice.

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 or collected by instructor. Elementary Italian I will cover approximately 7 chapters from In giro per l'Italia (Capitolo Preliminare to Capitolo 6).

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

Special announcements:

2010 Summer Program in Italy
CCRI Italian Club
Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is a language-learning software program, available in 30 languages. To register, please email using your CCRI email account and providing your name, 14-digit CCRI Library Card barcode number, and the ONE language you wish to study. Access is granted for a semester. Because access is limited, priority will be given to new users. Accounts not used within 3 months will be de-activated.

      Benvenuti! In bocca al lupo! 
(Crepi il lupo)

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