Christina Isabelli, PhD
IL Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
Office: Buck 014
Prego!: An invitation to Italian. 7th edition. McGraw Hill.
This course is designed to review grammar structures and to give you practice in using basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You will develop basic competency of Italian linguistic structures in order to be able to carry on simple conversations, respond to and follow directions, speak on assigned topics and write clearly. In-class time will be devoted to oral skills (speaking and listening), while out-of-class time will be directed toward the development of reading and writing. Therefore, class will be conducted in Italian and every effort will be made to give each student as much opportunity as possible to speak.GENERAL EDUCATION OBJECTIVES
In keeping with the overall goals of the General Education program, the Second Language category seeks to:
1. develop in students of Italian the four basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Italian;
2. develop students’ understanding of and appreciation for the culture in which Italian is embedded;
3. provide students of Italian with opportunities to hear and interact in Italian.
You are required to bring both the textbook and the workbook to class everyday. Every effort will be made to stick to the course syllabus, but variations are inevitable. It is your responsibility to find out what modifications have been made in the syllabus, if any, and arrive to class appropriately prepared. You should consider class time not as a period of passive observation (as in a traditional lecture course), but almost as a performance. Both the grammar text and the accompanying workbook offer many opportunities for in-class speaking, but out-of-class preparation should be active. In other words, you should anticipate classroom activities by not only reading assignments carefully, but by planning in advance comments or questions about the material along with the appropriate vocabulary. Shy people will have to work extra hard at this.COURSE WORK
Daily class preparation is essential for you to do well in this course. This includes not only being ready to discuss the required Pinocchio chapters, and completing the online lab and workbook homework. Class time is instead devoted to placing the student in situations where s/he will use authentic Italian. By reading the text carefully before coming to class and preparing the appropriate exercises, you will find class time interesting and fun. Note: All classes are conducted in Italian, with no English permitted except at the discretion of the instructor.
I will make myself available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Before course accommodations will be made, you may be required to provide documentation to the Associate Provost, 211 Holmes Hall, 556-3107. Office hours are times of the day that I announce myself available for consultation with students. If you know in advance that you are going to need time, let me know, either by emailing me or by speaking briefly after class. Due to limited class time, please see me during my office hours if you have questions regarding: course policy; grade explanations on homework, compositions, exams; complements or reproaches.