ITAL102 Beginning Italian: Level II, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ITAL102 Beginning Italian: Level II, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019

This course is designed for students who already know the basics of the Italian language. It is divided into two parts: theory and oral practice. There will be several grammar tests during the course, together with the writing of compositions about individual and socio-cultural subjects. Readings and oral activities will be proposed.

As far as the structural aspects of the language are concerned, a review of the main grammatical difficulties will be followed by the learning of the most important structures related to the level of the course. As for oral practice, the main objective will be the achievement of a good level of speaking, so that students can take part in the social and cultural life of the country where they are living and studying.


The instructor will let you know on the first day of class if there is a need to purchase a textbook. There are usually sufficient texts available for loan from the SACI Worthington Library.



From Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 20


Review of passato prossimo and imperfetto: differences in use.

Communicative acts

Asking to tell, telling past events, describing, talking of one’s own childhood and of one’s own habits.




From Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27


Review of reflexive and reciprocal verbs.

Communicative acts

Describing one’s own day.




From Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4


The trapassato prossimo; review of direct and indirect pronouns; agreement of the past participle with direct pronouns.

Communicative acts

Speaking in the past.




From Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11


The combined pronouns; ne and ci.

Communicative acts

Expressing the will to do something; asking in order to have something.




From Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18


The simple future; special uses of the future.

Communicative acts

Making plans for the future, making previsions.




From Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25


The compound future; the agreement of tenses.

Communicative acts

Talking in the future using both tenses.


MIDTERM EXAM: written grammar test and oral interview




MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 – November 3)




From Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8


The adjectives: comparisons of equality and inequality; the superlatives; suffixes.

Communicative acts





From Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15


Imperative (formal and informal); imperative with direct, indirect, and reflexive pronouns.

Communicative acts

Giving orders, instructions, exhortations.




From Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22


The present conditional.

Communicative acts

Expressing desires, asking politely, giving advice.




From Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29


The past conditional.

Communicative acts

Talking about past events that did not occur; talking of future actions in the past.




From Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6


The impersonal form.

Communicative acts

Talking by using an impersonal or unspecified subject.




From Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13


General review of the course.

Final Exam

From Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20
Examination week

FINAL EXAM: written test and oral presentation of a subject to be agreed upon with the instructor.

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