Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

ITAL 250 Composition & Conversation

Fall 2016

Italian 250   

Email: ncristiani@luc.edu                                                                           

Office: Room 104

Office Hour: Tues/Thurs by appointment.

Meeting Days and Times: M/T/TH 3:00-3:55pm

Meeting Place: Room TBA

Online course: https://sakai.luc.edu/



course description



 Open to students who have completed the equivalent of two years of college Italian, Italian 250 objective’s is to allow students to improve their knowledge of  the Italian culture. The aim of this course is also to provide students with a deeper and more detailed knowledge of spoken and written Italian. Authentic material in Italian (newspaper articles, films, short prose narratives, etc.) will complement this course. Short and frequent writing assignments will be an important way for students to reflect on their language use. Literary texts and readings will widen vocabulary, reinforce grammatical topics and introduce topics for conversation In discussing and analysing the readings, students will be encouraged to examine grammatical structure, idiomatic expressions, vocabulary and stylistic elements in the texts on the purpose  to become familiar with various stylistic registers in the Italian language and  to develop appropriate shills to  create written texts of his/her own .

 This course will be conducted in the target language.



course objectives / learning outcomes


Class meetings will center on developing communicative ability, and will be supplemented with in-class activities and as much authentic reading, listening, and visual material as possible.

Upon completion of Italian 251, students should attain a level of competency sufficient to:


1) Students will be able to speak on and discuss concrete every day and personal topics, abstract topics covered in classes, as well as other topics of particular interest to them. The student will participate in class discussions relating to the readings. 

Once during the semester each student will lead class discussion on a topic of his/her choice.

 (speaking skills);


2) Students will be able to write short essays for class that narrate, describe, report, compare, contrast, and summarize on a wide range of topics with developing degrees of grammatical and lexical accuracy. Students will write 1-page weekly compositions and two 500-word papers (writing skills);


3) Students will begin to understand native speakers from a variety of backgrounds and limited experience with non-native speakers, and they will comprehend common colloquial expressions and slang. They will also understand native speech and its social meaning - everyday topics in predictable/unpredictable. (listening skills);

4)Students will be able to read and understand articles, online texts, short stories and other  literary texts using background knowledge to aid their comprehension. They will begin to read independently and support their comprehension through a variety of reading strategies. (reading skills);


5)Understand specific aspects of Italian culture (contemporary issues on immigration and politics, the fine arts, history, etc.) as well as assumptions and beliefs underlying culture-specific norms and infractions to norms (cultural competency).





course requirements


In order to attain the learning outcomes outlined above and to ensure that the course proceeds efficiently, students are encouraged and expected to:


  1. Attend class. Not attending class will lower a student's grade for several reasons (e.g., lack of participation; missed clarifications, explanations, and analyses; missed vocabulary, etc.);
  2. Participate actively and constructively in class both with the instructor and other students;
  3. Complete assignments on their scheduled dates and at their scheduled times
  4. Complete homework assignments on their due date;
  5. Comport themselves in a manner conducive to learning and with respect for other students;
  6. Speak only Italian as requested during class meetings.




general absence policy


Students requesting that an absence be excused due to illness must present the instructor with a written note from a physician (a written prescription for medications will not be considered sufficient justification for an absence). Please note that the Academic Advisor, the Associate Director of Students, or the Director of Residence Life can justify absences only in emergency situations. Personal reasons such as travel plans, visiting relatives, friends, etc., cannot be accepted as valid grounds for excusing an absence.




course-specific absence guidelines

For the purpose of grade calculation, each unexcused absence that a student accumulates after the second will reduce her or his class participation  grade by 2% (e.g., if a student's pre-absence grade calculation is 92%, with 4 absences the grade reduces 4 percentage points to 88%, resulting in a drop in the final grade from A- to B+).



It is the student's responsibility to inform herself or himself of homework assignments, class notes, etc. in the event of absence.



texts – required:



Handouts  provided by the Instructor.

Extra material will be available on Sakai


means of assessment


The final grade will be determined on the basis of the following criteria, and grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

                                   % of final grade                        Grading Scale


                %            gr. pt.      meaning


A             100-93                    excellent

A-            89-92     

B+           86-88

B             81-85                      good

B-            78-80     

C+           75-77

C             71-74.5                   satisfactory

C-            68-70.5   min. for pass/fail option

D+           63-67.5  

D             60-62.5                   poor

D-            57-59.5

F             below 57 failure






*Class Participation                               10%

Oral competence                                   10%

On-site activities (3)                              20%

* Written assignments(5% each)                30%                

*Midterm essay and oral 1                     15%

 Final essay and oral 2                           15%







*Onsite activities : students will be required to do on-site activities and produce a multimedia work as a result of them.           

*Written assignments six compositions (300 words each) on the topics discussed in class , movies seen  and readings .

*Midterm and final exams (essay format, 500 words) to assess the student’s mastery of advanced grammatical and syntactical structures of the Italian language and ability to implement, extemporaneously, stylistic characteristics studied in the course.

Both exam will have an oral component as well.




academic integrity


The deliberate appropriation and representation of another person's work (ideas, language, findings, etc.) as one's own on any written assignment, quiz, exam, or paper—commonly referred to as "plagiarism"—will result in a student's automatic failure for that assignment or examination and notification of the Director that the student is suspected to have committed plagiarism. Any such behavior undermines the fundamental trust upon which academic integrity and a community of scholars is based. Every student must familiarize herself or himself with the rules referring to academic integrity as outlined in the Loyola University Chicago Undergraduate Studies Catalogue. Knowledge of the University's academic integrity guidelines will be taken for granted.


Please remember that while study groups are acceptable, students should not use on-line instant translators to write compositions, ask friends or native speakers to complete their assignments and recycle their own or other people’s materials. Plagiarism or dishonest examination behavior will result minimally in the instructor assigning the grade of “F” for the assignment or examination. For a complete account of what constitutes academic dishonesty as well as the penalties, see the Undergraduate Catalogue.

In addition to the Loyola University Chicago policy on Academic Honesty (see Loyola website), the following rules apply in all modern language courses:

1. Students may not use automated translators to write compositions.

2. Students may not ask friends, relatives or native speakers to complete their assignments.

3. Students may not recycle their own or other people’s work.

4. Students must explicitly cite any material that has been taken from the Internet or other sources and in most cases are urged to paraphrase rather than copy and paste.




This course requires that each student activate and maintain access to the Sakai on-line learning tool. Through this medium such tasks can be accomplished as communicating homework assignments, submitting homework, and communicating important course-related information. In addition, specific files can be accessed through Sakai (e.g., course syllabus, quiz correction keys, language-learning files).


students with disabilities

Students with documented disabilities who wish to discuss academic accommodations should contact me the first week of class.

*Please note that due to the language component of the general orientation, Italian language classes are exempt from make-up lessons.

 CLASS SCHEDULE (the following schedule is subject to modification)





Means of Assessment


Week 1


L’Italia e gli italiani

stereotipi vecchi e nuovi




Week 2


L’Italia e gli italiani

stereotipi vecchi e nuovi



     1st composition                                       


Week 3



In giro per l’Italia tra arte e cultura



Week 4



In giro per l’Italia tra arte e cultura






Week 5



I giovani italiani , l’università, il lavoro e i social media







Week 6




Week 7



I giovani italiani , l’università, il lavoro e i social media



3th composition


onsite activity 1 due



Week 8




Il cibo in Italia: bere e mangiare


    Midterm  essay due

Midterm Oral






Week 9




Il cibo in Italia: bere e mangiare


4th weekly






Week 10



Il cinema e la televisione italiani



Week 11




Il cinema e la televisione italiani


5th composition


onsite activity 2 due




Week 12




La musica italiana di oggi e di ieri




Week 13



La musica italiana di oggi e di ieri

6th composition


                                                                       Onsite activity 3:

La mia Roma



Week 14



Final Oral   

Final essay due