ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I, Patrizia Bonucci, Summer I 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I, Patrizia Bonucci, Summer I 2019

This course is designed for students who are studying Italian for the first time. It is divided into two parts: theory and conversation. There will be at least two tests to evaluate how much grammar has been learned and a few short compositions. In addition, there will be a few readings and material presented by the instructor.


In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Students are encouraged to wait until they get to Florence before purchasing the Italian Language textbook. If there are not enough copies in the library, they can be purchased at the English-language bookstore Paperback Exchange (be sure to tell them you are a SACI student).

Lazzarino, Graziana, Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2011.(Don't purchase the workbook or CD.)
ISBN 9780073386256 (Retail price: $204.67)


Week 1

Monday, May 20; Wednesday, May 22; Friday, May 24
Alphabet and sounds
Numbers from 1 to 100
Years, seasons, months, days of the week
Nouns: gender and number
Related vocabulary
Definite and indefinite articles
Subject personal pronouns
Present indicative of the verb essere (to be)
Present indicative of the verb avere (to have)
Idiomatic expressions using avere: physical sensations, feelings, age.

Week 2

Monday, May 27; Wednesday, May 29; Friday, May 31
Qualificative and demonstrative adjectives; c'è (there is) and com'è (what is something/someone like)
Present indicative of regular verbs and the most commonly used irregular verbs
Possessive adjectives
Telling time
Interrogative pronouns, adjectives and adverbs

Week 3

Monday, June 3; Wednesday, June 5
Simple and articulated prepositions; Passato Prossimo with essere/avere; most common irregular past participles

Friday, June 7
Midterm exam (written – grammar)

Week 4

Monday, June 10; Wednesday, June 12; Friday, June 14
Direct and indirect pronouns
The verb piacere (to like)
The difference in meaning between conoscere and sapere

Week 5


Monday, June 17; Wednesday, June 19
Reflexive verbs and pronouns. Reciprocal construction.
Introduction to Imperfetto
General review of the course

Friday, June 21
Final Exam (written – grammar, reading comprehension and short composition; oral – interview)

The theoretical part of the course will be accompanied by a series of lessons dedicated exclusively to basic vocabulary and conversation, which will deal with the following topics:

  • Introducing oneself, greetings, thanking someone, and asking for forgiveness
  • Expressing emotional states and feelings
  • Inviting, accepting, declining, and asking
  • Telling a story, describing something, gathering information, knowing and not knowing
  • Asking someone to repeat or clarify something

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