1 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 1 of 8 Wilfrid Laurier University IT101 Introduction to Italian I 0.5 credit Fall 2015 Class schedules: Quadrimestre autunnale Orario delle lezioni Section A: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 11:20 am room BA208 O Section B: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 am - 12:50 pm BA208 Section C: Mondays 7:00 pm -9:50 pm BA208 WLU course website Textbook website Professor / Docente: Dr. Monica Stellin Associate Professor, Italian Minor and Course Coordinator Office BA408 Phone: ext Office hours: Tuesday and Thursdays 9:00 am 10:00 am Instructional Assistants /Assistenti: Nicholas Masciovecchio: Stefania Pede: Course Description /Descrizione del corso: Benvenuti! Welcome! IT101 will introduce you to the standard Italian language in an active and practical way. You will acquire a basic understanding of this language as expressed in its everyday culture. You will be able to comprehend simple spoken and written Italian, and learn to speak and write it yourself. Cultural components will integrate the learning process, presenting notions on geography and history, current societal values and lifestyle. A wide range of learning activities will contribute to making the study of this second language both interesting and rewarding. Learning Outcomes / Apprendimento finale By the end of the course, students will be able to: Interact with others using basic Italian forms. Exchange simple information about daily experiences. Listen to and comprehend audio material. Read and comprehend reading material. Speak and write about themselves and others, as well as common situations, using basic vocabulary and language structures. Explain and expand on some course material.
2 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 2 of 8 Required Texts /Testi obbligatori: Merlonghi OGGI IN ITALIA ENHANCED 9 TH ED package [Hardcopy + Printed Access Card (24 month access) ISBN: ] available in the bookstore or online at see also Laurier Bookstore Compare The package includes a printed key card (i.e. access code) to access the textbook website. Online you will find the workbook and lab manual your homework is based on. Information on how to access the site and login follows on page 9. N.B. The site includes an e-book version of your textbook as well as additional activities and materials for further study.) Recommended Texts /Testi facoltativi: For those who are not familiar with grammatical concepts and terminology such as direct/indirect objects, transitive/intransitive verbs, and so on, a useful book is English Grammar for Students of Italian (3rd edition). A good paperback Italian-English dictionary (Oxford, Collins, etc.) is recommended to supplement and integrate the textbook s glossary. There are also a number of reputable bilingual dictionaries available online or in digital format: The Collins Italian Dictionary The Oxford Dictionaries Italian Il Sansoni Inglese Il Ragazzini Inglese Hazon Garzanti Final Grade Components = Componenti del voto (specific information on each assignment can be found on page 5) Class participation and attendance: 15% [Partecipazione e frequenza: 15%] Weekly esam online homework: 10% [Compiti a casa settimanali (esercizi scritti e orali) sul sito Quia: 10%] You will be involved in a series of interactive activities to acquaint you with new language forms structures and review homework. Attendance and ACTIVE PARTICIPATION are decisive components of your learning experience and will affect your performance and evaluation. Attendance may be recorded by the instructor. Online written and audio-oral activities are assigned on a weekly basis. You must complete your homework assignments on the site by the deadline. Homework grading is based on COMPLETION. Tutorials: 10% Ore di tutorato / ripasso orale: 10% Tests: 30% (2 at 15% each) [2 test: 30%, ognuno 15%] Test 1: (C) 5 (A B) 6 ottobre Test 2: (C) 9 (A B) 10 novembre Quizzes: 20% (2 at 10% each) [2 quiz: 10%, ognuno 5%] You will meet one hour a week in small groups with your Instructional Assistant to consolidate in oral Italian the topics covered in class. Attendance is taken at every session and participation is key! Two tests will cover a more substantial quantity of topics than the quizzes (grammar, vocabulary, culture, etc.) discussed in class. N. B.: Please read the section on Absences below. Two quizzes will be administered over the course of the term and are based on selected topics from the course
3 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 3 of 8 Quiz 1: (C) 26 (A B) 27 ottobre Quiz 2: (C) 23 (A B) 24 novembre Scenario: 15% material covered up to that point. Each deals with aspects of grammar and/or vocabulary and/or culture. N. B.: Please read the section on Absences below. In groups of 4 or 5, you will prepare a 5-minute presentation/video clip in Italian depicting a comical or dramatic scene your fellow students can follow and enjoy in class. Course Syllabus / Programma del corso N.B. Dates may be subject to change. Week Settimana Section A, B, C Sezione Prima lezione 10 settembre Sezione A, B settembre Sezione C 14 sett. (prima lezione) Sez. A, B: sett. Sez. C 21 sett. Sez. A, B 29 settembre 1 ottobre Sez. C 28 settembre Sez. A, B 6 8 ottobre Sez. C: 5 ott. Lesson [Chapter] Lezione Vocabulary / Culture Vocabolario / Cultura Presentazione del corso I saluti L alfabeto italiano Lezione preliminare Lezione 1 I nomi italiani, Cose utili Lezione 2 L università italiana Materie d insegnamento Lezione 2 : c,d,e Lezione 3 Il bar italiano La città Caffè famosi Structure / Struttura I numeri Pronomi personali Genere dei nomi Articolo indeterminativo Essere/avere Che ora è/che ore sono? Plurale dei nomi Articolo determinativo Aggettivi possessivi Aggettivi possessivi Espressioni con avere Presente dei verbi in are OCTOBER THANKSGIVING (GIORNO DEL RINGRAZIAMENTO) FALL TERM READING WEEK Sez. A, B: ott. Sez. C: 19 ott. Sez. A, B: ott. Sez. C: 26 ott. Sez. A, B: 3-5 nov. Sez. C: 2 nov, Sez. A, B: nov. Sez. C: 9 nov. Lezione 3 Lezione 4 I cognomi italiani I giorni della settimana Espressioni di tempo Lezione 5 Dove fare gli acquisti Caratteristiche personali Lezione 5 Preposizioni semplici e articolate C è, ci sono, ecco Presente dei verbi in ere Formulare le domande Verbi irregolari: dare, fare, stare Aggettivi qualificativi Presente dei verbi in ire Andare e venire
4 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 4 of 8 Sez. A, B: nov. Sez. C: 16 nov. Sezione A, B nov. Sezione C 23 nov. Sezione A, B 1-3, 8 dicembre Sezione C 30 nov. 7 dic. Lezione 6 I giovani italiani Le stagioni e i mesi Espressioni di tempo al passato Lezione 6 Passato prossimo con avere Passato prossimo con essere Participi passati irregolari Verbi irregolari: bere, dire, uscire Scenario: Presentazioni di gruppo Home and Class Assignments Week / Settimana Section / Sezione A, B, C First class / Prima lezione Sez. A B Sept. 10 / 10 settembre Week 2 / Seconda settimana A-B Sept / settembre C Sept. 14 / settembre W/S 3 (A B) sett. (C) 21 sett. W/S 4 (A B) 29 sett. -1 ott. (C) 28 sett. W / S 5 (A B) 6-8 ott. (C) 5 ott. esam Online Homework Deadline: 1. W: Workbook 2. L: Language Lab B. In-class Quizzes, Tests and Scenarios N.B. Deadlines may be subject to change esam: 21 settembre Lezione Preliminare: WP: A-I LP: All Lezione 1: WP: A, D - F, J, K; B, C, G - I, L - O. LP: all Lezione 2: WP: A-F esam: 28 settembre Lezione 2: WP: G-R LP: all esam: 5 ottobre Lezione 3 LP: 1-7 WP: A-D, I, J Test 1: 5-6 ottobre esam: 19 ottobre Lezione 3: LP: 8-14; WP: E-H, K-N October Thanksgiving Giorno del Ringraziamento Fall Term Reading Week Week / Sett. 6 esam: 26 ottobre (C) 19 ott. Lezione 4: WP: A-C, G, J, L; LP: 1-8 (A B) ott. Week / Sett. 7 Quiz 1: ottobre (C) 26 ott. esam: 2 novembre (A B) ott. Lezione 4: WP: D-F, H, I, K, M, N; LP: 9-15 Week / Sett. 8 esam: 9 novembre (C) 2 nov. Lezione 5: LP: 1-5; WP: A-E, K, L, M (A B) 3-5 nov. Week / Sett. 9 (C) 9 nov. (A B) nov. Test 2: 9-10 novembre esam: 16 novembre Lezione 5: LP: 1-5; WP: A-E, K, L, M
5 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 5 of 8 Week / Sett. 10. (C) 16 nov. (A B) nov. Week / Sett. 11. (C) 23 nov. (A B) nov. Week / Sett. 12. (C) 30 nov. 7 dic. (A B) 1-3, 8 dic. esam: 23 novembre Lezione 5: LP: 6-10; WP: F-J, N esam: 30 novembre Quiz 2: novembre Lezione 6 LP: 1-7; WP: A-D, E, F, G-J, K, L- O [esam online activities final deadline Dec. 7 / ultima scadenza per il completamento delle attività esam: 7 dicembre] Review and preparation of group presentations Scenari: Presentazioni di gruppo Important Information Online homework & lab: Online workbook and lab activities (Quiabooks - ilrn) are to be completed by MIDNIGHT on Mondays (dates are clearly marked in the course schedule). This is graded work! Scheduled activities that are not completed by this time will automatically receive a grade of zero and will affect the homework portion of your final grade. Don t fall behind! N.B. Homework assignments will NOT be accepted by or other formats! Conversation hour (tutorial): Starting in Week 2, the conversation hour consists of a scheduled weekly one-hour session (outside of class time) that provides you with the opportunity to improve your aural/oral skills in a smaller group setting and to practice the vocabulary and grammatical structures covered in class that week. Your Instructional Assistant will facilitate a variety of communicative activities that focus on improving your ability to take part in basic conversation in Italian. Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at every meeting. Scenario: Group Presentation Your group project will show your ability to prepare a presentation on a topic related to those covered in class that is current, significant and engaging to your fellow classmates, as well as well researched. It must be presented in an intelligent, original and inventive way. Careful attention should be given to its organization, content, language, materials, group work as well as the contribution of each member to the collective project. Classroom policies 1. Student Conduct: Wilfrid Laurier University has specific regulations in place concerning appropriate behaviour, both academic and otherwise. You are expected to be familiar with these regulations and to abide by them at all times (for policies, go to and click on Laurier at the top left of the page. Scroll down to Governance/policies). Your attention is drawn to the section concerning appropriate use of information technology (including ) in particular. 2. Use of electronic devices Electronic devices, while useful in certain situations and environments can prove distracting. As a result, students are expected to: a) refrain from using electronic devices in class at all times. Unless there is a specific reason (i.e. accessibility), students are expected to have only their textbook (hardcopy) on their desk. Students who are found to be utilizing mobile and similar devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets for reasons unrelated to the course and their learning
6 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 6 of 8 experience, will first be given a warning. Subsequently, the instructor will have no other choice than to either 1. Confiscate the device for the remainder of the class period; 2. Ask the student to leave. Should usage of devices become a regular concern, the instructor will ask that the device not be brought to class. b) turn off or set to vibration or sleep mode any devices that are in their possession. 3. Correspondence: a) Students are advised that all general communication from your instructor regarding the course will take place using the MyLearningSpace site. For example, course handouts, general announcements, and the like will be posted to MyLearningSpace. **IMPORTANT: Specific inquiries from individual students pertaining to the course should be directed to the course instructor using Laurier accounts and NOT MyLearningSpace. b) Please be conscious of the language you utilize and be sure to adopt appropriate forms of address in your correspondence! Etiquette is an important part of your academic and professional life. You are advised to address all your instructors by their title, unless instructed differently. The instructor aims to respond to s within 24 hours on weekdays, but only sporadically on weekends; therefore, you cannot expect immediate responses to queries during that time. c) Please also be aware that questions pertaining to information that has been clearly outlined in this syllabus (e.g. homework deadlines or test dates) or information/material you may have missed due to absence from class WILL NOT BE ANSWERED. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure you are keeping up-to-date on course requirements. You are urged to obtain the contact details of at least TWO classmates in the event you miss class and need to catch up. Absences: a) Active and regular participation in a language course is crucial to your ability to master key concepts and vocabulary and will directly influence your progress in this course. Attendance may be randomly taken. As such, students who are absent without valid medical documentation more than three (3) recorded times over the term will see their participation portion of the final grade drop by one letter grade (A>B; B>C, etc.). Please read the following WLU policy carefully: Class and Laboratory Attendance Any student who, in the opinion of instructors, is absent too frequently from lectures or laboratory periods will be reported to the dean of the faculty. On the recommendation of the department concerned, such a student after due warning by the dean shall be debarred from taking the final examination in that course. b) Missing a quiz or test: Graded term work (Quizzes, Tests) has been clearly scheduled in your syllabus. If you are absent on the day of a quiz or test there will be NO MAKEUP QUIZZES OR TESTS and you will receive a grade of 0 (ZERO) on that assignment. However, if you are absent and can provide appropriate documentation (e.g. a signed and dated medical note) in class immediately upon your return, the percentage the missed test was worth may be transferred to the following assignment. For e.g., if you miss Test 1, then Test 2 can be worth 30%. NOTA BENE: If you were absent you may me only if you can provide a valid explanation supported by documentation, such as a medical note; otherwise, your absence will be duly noted, and any message will not be answered. Wilfrid Laurier University Policies 1. Academic Integrity/Misconduct (cheating): Laurier is committed to a culture of integrity within and beyond the classroom. This culture values trustworthiness (i.e., honesty, integrity, reliability), fairness, caring, respect, responsibility and citizenship. Together, we have a shared responsibility to uphold this
7 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 7 of 8 culture in our academic and nonacademic behaviour. The University has a defined policy with respect to academic misconduct. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with this policy and the penalty guidelines, and are cautioned that in addition to failure in a course, a student may be suspended or expelled from the University for academic misconduct and the offence may appear on their transcript. The relevant policy can be found at Laurier's academic integrity website along with resources to educate and support you in upholding a culture of integrity. Ignorance of Laurier s academic misconduct policy is not a defense. <see: > 2. Special Needs: Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier s Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Academic Calendar <see: > for information regarding all services available on campus. 3. Plagiarism: Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. If requested to do so by the instructor, students may are required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism. (Approved by Senate May 14, 2002) 4. Classroom Use of Electronic Devices see Policy 9.3 (Approved by Senate March 8, 2012) 5. Final Examinations Students are strongly urged not to make any commitments (i.e., vacation) during the examination period. Students are required to be available for examinations during the examination periods of all terms in which they register. (See Academic Regulations examinations in the academic calendars)
8 IT101 A-B-C / Fall Page 8 of 8 Quia Books Site Access Instructions Course: IT101 Introduction to Italian I Fall 2015 Code: JFAEN869 Book: Oggi in Italia 9th Edition ilrn: Heinle Learning Center N.B. REGISTER IN YOUR SECTION A / B / C OR YOUR ACTIVITIES WILL NOT BE RECORDED Creating a Quia esam Account If you do not have an account, you need to create one. To do so, follow these steps: 1. Go to and click Students, then click Create a new account. 2. Select a username and password and enter your information, then click Submit. Note: Remember to write down your username and password and be sure to select the correct time zone. Also, please enter a valid address so we can send you your password if you forget it. Entering the Book Key and Course Code Enter the book key and course code to complete the enrollment process. You may already have a book key, or you may need to purchase a book key. Depending on your situation, use one of the procedures below. If you activated the book for a previous course, you can start at step 4 of I already have a book key below. Once you have completed this step, the system lists the course and book on the Student Workstation home page. To enter additional books, enter a book key in the Enter field and click Go. Note: Book keys can only be used once. Your book key will become invalid after you use it. I already have a book key 1. Go to and log in. 2. At the top of the page, enter your book key and click Go. 3. Click Confirm to confirm your registration information. Your book will appear under the My books heading. 4. Beside the book listing, enter the course code JFAEN869 in the Enter course code field and click Go. 5. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit. I need to purchase a book key, or would like to access a free 3-week trial. 1. Go to and log in. 2. At the top of the page, enter the course code JFAEN869 and click Go. 3. If necessary, select a class or section and click Submit. The course and books will appear under the My classes heading. 4. Locate the book and click buy. 5. Proceed through the purchase process. If you are not ready to purchase your book key and would like to access a free 3-week trial, follow the instructions on this page. Note that 3-week trials are not available for all titles. Note: If the buy link does not appear in Step 4, contact Customer Support. Using Quia To access your Student Workstation in the future, go to and log in. Here, you can open your book, submit activities, view your results, and view your instructor's feedback. If you have any questions, contact Quia Support at