ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I - Section A, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I - Section A, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019

This course is designed for students who are studying Italian for the first time. It is divided into two parts: theory and oral practice. There will be several grammar tests to evaluate how much grammar has been learned and a few short compositions. In addition, there will be readings from the textbook Prego! An Invitation to Italian, eighth edition, by Lazzarino, and from other Italian texts proposed by the teacher. The theoretical part of the course will be accompanied by a series of lessons dedicated exclusively to conversation.

More precisely, the following communicative acts will be taken into consideration:

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


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)



From Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13


Alphabet and sounds. Nouns: gender and number.
Subject personal pronouns, the present tense of the verb essere (to be). The present tense of the verb avere (to have).

Communicative acts

Introducing oneself, greeting, and thanking someone.
Addressing someone using the lei or the tu form.




From Monday, September 16 to Friday, September 20


Definite and indefinite articles.  Idiomatic expressions using avere: physical sensations, feelings, age. Affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences.

Communicative acts

Expressing emotional states of being and feelings.




From Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27


Qualificative and demonstrative adjectives. C'è (there is) and com'è (what it something/someone like). Introduction to the present tense of regular verbs.

Communicative acts

Describing oneself, other people, things, and places.




From Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4


The present tense of regular verbs. The present tense of frequently used irregular verbs. Adverbs. Possessive adjectives. Time.

Communicative acts

Talking about daily life experiences. Understanding and telling time.




From Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11


Pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Present + da + expressions of time. Simple and articulate prepositions.

Communicative acts

Inviting, accepting, declining, and asking.




From Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18


The difference between conoscere and sapere (to know). The passato prossimo of transitive and intransitive verbs.

Communicative acts

Knowing and not knowing. Talking about past events.




From Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25


Irregular part participles. Time expressions.

Communicative acts

Telling in the past.


Written part: grammar.


MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 - November 3)



From Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8


Direct and indirect pronouns. The verb piacere (to like).

Communicative acts

Expressing preferences.




From Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15


Reflexive verbs. Reciprocal construction.

Communicative acts

Describing one's own day by using reflexive and reciprocal verbs.




From Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22


Introduction to the imperfect tense (imperfetto).

Communicative acts

Talking about past events.




From Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29


The indicative imperfect tense: differences in usage between imperfetto and passato prossimo.

Communicative acts

Talking about one's own childhood.




From Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6


Workshop Language through the Arts at Palazzo Strozzi. Film by a contemporary Italian director and discussion.




From Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13


General Review of the course.




From Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20



Final Exam

Written part: Grammar and a short composition
Oral part: Conversation with instructor.


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