ITAL101 Beginning Italian: Level I - Section B, Marta Martini, 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

 

From Monday, January 9 to Thursday, January 12

Communicative function

Introduction to course material. Useful Italian phrases.
Introducing oneself: saying hello. Asking general questions. Providing personal information.

Grammatical content

Subject personal pronouns. The present indicative of the verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have). Affirmative and negative phrases. The alphabet. The noun: gender and number. The indefinite article.

Vocabulary

Greetings. Numbers.

 

From Monday, January 16 to Thursday, January 19

Communicative function

Dictating a noun. The use of Lei and Tu.

Grammatical content

The definite article. The present tense of regular verbs of the first conjugation. The adjective: the agreement. Interrogative adjectives and pronouns.

Vocabulary

Nationalities. Days of the week.

 

From Monday, January 23 to Thursday, January 26

Communicative function

Daily activities. Asking and telling the time

Grammatical content

The present tense of regular verbs of the second and third conjugation. Adverbs relating to time.

Vocabulary

The months, seasons. The weather.

 

From Monday, January 30 to Thursday, February 2

Communicative function

Planning a trip.

Grammatical content

Possessive adjectives. The verbs: andare (to go), venire (to come), uscire (to go out , to leave)

Vocabulary

Means of transportation.

 

From Monday, February 6 to Thursday, February 9

Communicative function

Asking permission. Ordering at a restaurant, at a café. Inviting, declining an invitation.

Grammatical content

The verbs: dare (to give), fare (to make, do), stare (to be), dire (to say). Simple prepositions.

Vocabulary

Meals, typical menus. Adjectives relating to flavours.

 

From Monday, February 13 to Thursday, February 16

Communicative function

Describing routine actions. Students talk about their day.

Grammatical content

Reflexive verbs (reciprocal and apparently reflexive).

Vocabulary

The human body. The adjectives that describe physical appearance.

 

From Monday, February 20 to Thursday, February 23

Communicative function

Talking about past events. Putting the elements of a story in order.

Grammatical content

The articulate prepositions. The passato prossimo of transitive and intrasitive verbs.

Vocabulary

Family. Birthdates and personal history.
MIDTERM TEST

 

MIDTERM BREAK (February 25 - March 5)

 

From Monday, March 6 to Thursday, March 9

Communicative function

Asking questions. Asking for explanations.

Grammatical content

The past participle of frequently used irregular verbs. The verbs sapere and conoscere.

Vocabulary

Opening hours and schedules for shops, museums, cultural events.

 

From Monday, March 13 to Thursday, March 16

Communicative function

Requesting a service.

Grammatical content

Direct object pronouns.

Vocabulary

The house. Furniture and accessories

 

From Monday, March 20 to Thursday, March 23

Communicative function

Expressing disagreement.

Grammatical content

Indirect objects. The verb piacere.

Vocabulary

Hobbies and leisure activities.

 

From Monday, March 27 to Thursday, March 30

Communicative function

Talking about past habits. Describing one's own childhood.

Grammatical content

The imperfect tense.

Vocabulary

Adjectives to describe states of being.

 

From Monday, April 3 to Thursday, April 6

Communicative function

Placing an action in time. The duration and frequency of actions.

Grammatical content

Two past tenses: the passato prossimo and the imperfetto.

Vocabulary

Fashion. Clothing and accessories.

 

From Monday, April 10 to Thursday, April 13

Communicative function

Talking about past actions.

Grammatical content

General course review.

Vocabulary

Drawings, paintings, sculptures. Words that help us to understand information about art.

 

Monday, April 17 Easter Monday – no class

 

Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 19
FINAL ORAL EXAMS

 

Thursday, April 20
FINAL WRITTEN EXAM

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