ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I, Marta Martini, Late Spring 2017

This course is an introduction to Italian. Students learn basic grammar and are taught to use the language from the very beginning of the course. Emphasis is given to terms and phrases which are helpful when facing everyday life in a foreign country. In order to fully appreciate the experience of living in Italy, this course is essential to students who do not already speak Italian.

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). Some students find used copies online at Amazon.it or Amazon.co.uk and have them shipped to Florence.

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)

Bacci, Patrizia, Un tuffo nell'azzurro 1, Panozzo Editore, 2009. (Don't purchase the CD.)
ISBN: 9788874721177 (Retail price: €16)

Schedule

Week 1

Monday, May 22

Communicative function

Introducing oneself: saying hello. Asking general questions. Providing personal information.

Grammatical content

Subject personal pronouns. The present indicative of the verbs essere and stare. The noun: gender and number. The indefinite and definite article.

Vocabulary

Greetings. Nationalities. Numbers from 1 to 10.

 

Wednesday, May 24

Communicative function

Dictating a noun. The use of Lei and Tu. Telling what time it is.

Grammatical content

The alphabet. Affirmative and negative phrases. The present tense of avere. The adjective.

Vocabulary

Days of the week. Numbers from 1 to 20.

 

Friday, May 26

Communicative function

Talking about a typical day.

Grammatical content

The present tense of regular verbs: the three conjugations. Adverbs relating to time. Simple prepositions.

Vocabulary

The months. The seasons. The weather.

 

 

Week 2

Monday, May 29 - Quiz 1

Communicative function

Asking and giving personal details.

Grammatical content

The present tense of dare, fare, and andare. Possessive adjectives.

Vocabulary

The family, names of relatives.

 

Wednesday, May 31

Communicative function

Booking a hotel room. Expressing disagreement.

Grammatical content

Modal verbs. Direct object pronouns.

Vocabulary

The house: rooms and furniture.

 

Friday, June 2

Communicative function

Planning a trip.

Grammatical content

Other irregular verbs: dire, uscire, venire.
Compound prepositions.

Vocabulary

Means of transportation.

 

 

Week 3

Monday, June 5 - Quiz 2

Communicative function

Expressing tastes and preferences.

Grammatical content

Indirect object pronouns. The verb piacere.

Vocabulary

Food and meals.

 

Wednesday, June 7

Communicative function

Talking about past events.

Grammatical content

Passato prossimo of transitive verbs.

Vocabulary

Professions.

 

Friday, June 9 - Midterm Test 
Covering chapters 1-4 of textbook Prego!

Communicative function

Placing actions in the past.

Grammatical content

Passato prossimo of intransitive verbs.

Vocabulary

Sports and leisure activities.

 

 

Week 4

Monday, June 12 – Quiz 3

Communicative function

Talking about past experience with secondary school.

Grammatical content

The verbs: sapere and conoscere. Review of the passato prossimo.

Vocabulary

School subjects.

 

Wednesday, June 14

Communicative function

Describing your daily routine.

Grammatical content

Reflexive verbs in the present.

Vocabulary

The human body.

 

Friday, June 16

Communicative function

Shopping for clothes.

Grammatical content

Reflexive verbs in the past.

Vocabulary

Fashion and clothes.

 

 

Week 5

Monday, June 19 - Quiz 4

Communicative function

Describing people and places.

Grammatical content

A brief introduction to the descriptive past: the imperfetto.

Vocabulary

Adjectives to define people's personalities.

 

Wednesday, June 21 - Final Exam (oral)
General course review.
The individual oral exam consists of basic questions in Italian.

 

Friday, June 23 - Final Exam (written)
Covering chapters 1-7 of textbook Prego!

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