ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I - Section A, Patrizia Bonucci, Spring 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 text book 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. Each Spring, students partake in a conversation exchange with Italian students from the University of Florence.

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

Textbook

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)

Schedule

 

From Monday, January 7 to Thursday, January 10

Structures

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, January 14 to Thursday, January 17

Structures

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, January 21 to Thursday, January 24

Structures

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, January 28 to Thursday, January 31

Structures

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, February 4 to Thursday, February 7

Structures

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

Communicative acts

Inviting, accepting, declining, and asking.

 

 

 

From Monday, February 11 to Thursday, February 14

Structures

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, February 18 to Thursday, February 21

Structures                                    

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

Communicative acts

Expressing preferences.

Midterm 

MIDTERM EXAM
Written part: grammar.

   
 

MIDTERM BREAK (February 23 - March 3)

   

 

From Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7

Structures  

Reflexive verbs. Reciprocal construction. Adverbs.

Communicative acts

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

   
 

From Monday, March 11 to Thursday, March 14

Structures

Introduction to the imperfect tense (imperfetto).

Communicative acts

Talking about past events.

 

 

 

From Monday, March 18 to Thursday, March 28

Structures

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

Communicative acts

Talking about one's own childhood. Talking about past events using the two different past tenses.

 

 

 

From Monday, April 1 to Thursday, April 4

Structures

The simple future tense.

Communicative acts

Making plans for the future.

 

 

 

From Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11

 

General review of the course.

 

 

 

From Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18

 

EXAMINATION WEEK

Final Exam

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

 

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