ITAL201 Intermediate Italian, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ITAL201 Intermediate Italian, Patrizia Bonucci, Fall 2019

This course is designed for students who have completed two terms of Italian. Students will study the more complex aspects of sentence structure. They will write summaries and compositions in order to improve their writing skills, and will be exposed to contemporary aspects of Italian society and culture by reading newspaper articles, passages from books by Italian authors, and by watching films by young Italian directors.

There will be a midterm and a final exam, containing both a written part (covering grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills) and an oral part which will involve the presentation of a topic to be agreed upon with 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. 

Bacci, Patrizia, Giovanni Zambardino, Un Tuffo nell’Azzurro 2, Panozzo Editore, 2011. 
ISBN: 9788874721603 (Retail price: €18)


Week 1

From Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13


Review of the past tenses of the indicativo: passato prossimo, imperfetto, trapassato prossimo.

Communicative acts

Telling past events. Describing people and places.



Week 2

From Monday, September 16 to Friday, September 20


Review of the simple and compound conditional tenses.

Communicative acts

Expressing desires, giving advice, asking polite questions.



Week 3

From Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27


The future and the compound future tense.

Communicative acts

Talking about events that will take place in the future.



Week 4

From Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4


Consecutio temporum in the indicative (the agreement of tenses)

Communicative acts

Telling a story respecting the chronological orders of the events.



Week 5

From Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11


Review of pronouns (direct, indirect and combined); use of ne and ci.

Communicative acts

Avoiding repeating nouns; abbreviating phrases.



Week 6

From Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18


Another past tense: passato remoto.

Communicative acts

Telling a story in the past.


Week 7

From Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25


Review of all lessons.


MIDTERM EXAM: Written grammar test and presentation of a topic chosen by the student.



Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 - November 3)



Week 9

From Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8


 Review of the past tenses of the indicative and their agreement.

Communicative acts

Telling past events and stories.


Week 10

From Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15



Relative pronouns.

Communicative acts

Describing specifically.



Week 11

From Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22


The subjunctive mood: present and past; the irregular forms; conjunctions that require the subjunctive.

Communicative acts

Expressing opinions, hopes and doubts.



Week 12

From Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29


The subjunctive mood: imperfect and pluperfect; the irregular forms.

Communicative acts

Expressing uncertainty, possibility, personal feelings.



Week 13

From Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6


The periodo ipotetico.

Communicative acts

Formulating a hypothesis.



Week 14

From Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13


General review of the course.


Week 15

From Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20

 Final Exam

FINAL EXAM: Written test (grammar, reading comprehension and composition)

ORAL PRESENTATION of a topic about Italian culture chosen with the instructor

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