Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

ITAL 101 Italian I - 5W2

Summer 2012 - Session II

Email: ncristiani@luc.edu                                                                                                Summer2012

Office: Room 104

Office Hour: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs  12:30-1:00 by appointment.

Meeting Days and Time: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 2:00am-4.05pm

Meeting Place: Room TBA

Online course: blackboard.luc.edu (for initial log-in information, see Blackboard Student Quickstart)


course description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Italian language. Emphasis will be placed on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and grammar sufficient to support these. Through in-class activities and homework assignments, students can also expect to learn about modernItaly, including geography, culture, history, and society. Given the unique cultural context in which this course is placed, students will be particularly encouraged to begin speaking Italian outside the classroom as soon as possible.


course objectives / learning outcomes

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

Upon completion of Italian 101, students should attain a level of competency sufficient to:


  1. Utilize basic essentials of Italian grammar in speaking and writing with a high level of precision. Specifically, students should be able to:
  1. Provide and obtain information on a range of practical topics (e.g., preferences, needs, interests, descriptions) and in a variety of situations (e.g., transportation, greetings, introductions, obtaining and discussing food and lodging, carrying out simple transactions);
  2. Convey emotions and express feelings;
  3. Provide and obtain information on such topics as personal/family background, preferences, interests, and daily routine.
  1. Read, with basic understanding, general interest articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as simple stories, brochures, signs, advertisements, songs, and poems;
  2. Understand clearly articulated native Italian speech within the limits of familiar vocabulary;
  3. Be knowledgeable of Italian history, culture, geography, etc. within the scope of this course.


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. Take all quizzes and exams, and complete assignments on their scheduled dates and at their scheduled times (see dates in boldface type under class schedule). Make-up quizzes and exams will be provided only in accordance with Rome Center policy regarding excused absences (see absence policy);
  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 Italian as requested during class meetings.


general absence policy

In order for an absence to be excused, the student must present the instructor with a written note of excuse from the Director, the Vice Director, the Assistant Director, or the Associate Dean of Students, or, in the case of illness, with a medical excuse signed by an attending physician or the Rome Center Doctor. Please note that such personal reasons as travel plans, visiting relatives, friends, etc., cannot be accepted as valid grounds for excusing an absence unless authorized by the Director.                                                  


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 final grade by 3% (e.g., if a student's pre-absence grade calculation is 92%, with 5 absences the grade reduces 9 percentage points to 83%, 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.

** Students are also strongly urged to purchase an Italian-English dictionary (pocket/travel dictionaries are unsuitable; see instructor for suggestions).



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             100-94     4.00         excellent

A-            93-90       3.67        

B+            89-86       3.33

B              85-82       3.00         good

B-            81-80       2.67

C+           79-76       2.33

C             75-72       2.00         satisfactory

C-            71-70       1.67         min. for pass/fail option

D+           69-66       1.33

D             65-60       1.00         poor

F              59-0         0.00         failure





Class Participation                                 15%

Oral Assignments (2)                              5%                  

Compositions (2, not graded)                 10%

Homework                                            10%

Quizzes (2)                                            20%                 

Midterm Exam                                       20%                 

Final Exam                                            20%                 


final exam


Thursday, July 26           |                    2:00–4.05pm                            |              Room TBA


Those students who cannot attend the final exam session will receive a grade of 0 (zero) on the final exam (except those students with a valid excuse; see absence policy), and the final grade will be calculated accordingly.


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.


students with disabilities

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




This course requires that each student activate and maintain access to the Blackboard 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 Blackboard (e.g., course syllabus, quiz correction keys, language-learning files).



The oral and/or homework components of the course will require each student to access the Voiceboard tool in Blackboard. Headphone/microphone headsets (as for Skype) will be provided to students who do not have one.


CLASS SCHEDULE (the following schedule is subject to modification)

*Please note that there is a  make-up lesson on a Friday(TBA)  due the Papal Audience  



Linguistic function


Practical situations

Culture / Geography

Grammar / Structure

Means of Assessment*







July 2/3/ 4/5

introducing yourself  / spelling / telephone numbers / nationality

ordering in a café, restaurant / prices




introducing someone / asking and giving personal details

alphabet, stress, geminates, gn, gl,



differences betw. English and Italian



general Italian geography

introduction to course / overview of sound system / basic communicative expressions / numbers 0–20 / sound-spelling correspondences


1st and 2nd person singular of essere and regular verbs / adjectives of nationality

nouns of first and second groups /definite and indefinite articles / numbers 20–100 days


regular verbs + 3rd personal singular forms of fare and avere







Quiz 1     




July 9/10/11/12




discussing leisure activities / expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences






Italian gestures

peculiarities of nouns / simple prepositions (I) / numbers 100+3rd personal singular of fare, andare and stare

adverbs of frequency/piacere

present indicative of regular verbs /

 sapere and conoscere



Comp. 1due







July 16/17/18/19

describing a place


asking for and providing directions / expressing time




leisure time inItaly

asking questions/ adjectives of 1st group / simple prepositions (II)


present indicative of irregular verbs/ c'è and ci sono/ adjectives of 2nd group/ asking the






Comp. 2 due

Quiz 2    





July 23/24/25/26

Booking an hotel room/

 planning and discussing a trip / describing daily routine and habits/ speaking about past actions




modal verbs / bene vs. buono, male vs. cattivo

reflexive verbs

passato prossimo / irregular past participles / past time expressions / adverbs of time






* The specific dates of the Oral Assignments will be determined throughout the course.