Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Ital 104 Italian IV

Fall 2015

Italian 104

Prof. Nives Valli

Email: nvalli@luc.edu

Office: Room 115

Office Hour: M/T/TH: 15:00-16:00 and by appointment

Meeting Days and Times: M/T/TH : 16.00- 16.55

Meeting Place:

Online course: https://sakai.luc.edu/ (for help and log-in information, see

http://www.luc.edu/itrs/teachingwithtechnology/sakai/sakai-student-tutorials.shtml)

           

course description

The aim of this course is to further develop students’ knowledge of the target language (communicatively relevant patterns and common exceptions in interactive discourse) and culture through communicative in-class activities and out-of-class assignments. Authentic material in Italian (songs, short films, short prose narratives, etc.) will complement this course. Progetto Roma, a series of on-site guided activities, will encourage students to explore sites of the city while practicing structures and vocabulary learned in class interacting with local people. This course will be conducted in the target language.

 

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 3, students should attain a level of competency sufficient to:

 

-          Communicate ideas in extended discourse and participate in common interactive situations (speaking skills);

-          Understand native speech and its social meaning - everyday topics in predictable/unpredictable contexts (listening skills);

-          Comprehend the content and the cultural significance of literary and non-literary texts on familiar/unfamiliar topics and discourse types (reading skills);

-     Write coherently and appropriately on a variety of topics and discourse types (writing skills);

-     Understand specific aspects of Italian culture (contemporary issues on immigration and politics, the fine arts, history, geography, 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. Take all quizzes and exams on their scheduled dates and at their scheduled times. 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 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 Dean of Faculty, the Associate Director of Students, or the Director of Residence Life. 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 Dean of Faculty. A missed mid-term due to travel schedule will not be allowed to be made up, regardless of the circumstances.  The only exception will be an absence due to illness, and a doctor's slip or a note from Cindy Bomben if the doctor isn't available will be the only acceptable proof.

 

 

 

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 2%

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

 

 

text – required:

 

Espresso 3 – Maria Balì, Luciana Ziglio  -

Alma Edizioni  (available for purchase in JFRC bookstore) ISBN 978-88-6182-076-0

 

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

 

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:

Text Box:  % gr. pt. meaning A 100-93 4.00 excellent A- 92-89 3.67  B+ 88-86 3.33 B 85-81 3.00 good B- 80-78 2.67 C+ 77-75 2.33 C 74.5-71 2.00 satisfactory C- 70.5-68 1.67 min. for pass/fail option D+ 67.5-63 1.33 D 62.5-60 1.00 poor D- 59.5-57 F below 57 0.00 failure                                                             % of final grade           Grading Scale

 

   *Compositions (2)                                              6%

   *Oral Assignments & Rome Project                       22%

    Participation                                                        14%

    Homework                                                                       7%

    Quizzes (4)                                                       16%

    Midterm Exam                                               15%

    Final Exam                                                       20%  

                                                                                                                       

 

* Detailed information concerning these assignments (expectations, deadlines, etc.) will be discussed during the semester.

 

final exam

 

DATE:   |         TIME:        |          PLACE:

 

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.

 

 

SAKAI

 

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).

 

VOICETHREAD

 

Some oral or homework components of the course will require each student to access the Voice Thread tool . Voice Thread can be accessed on Sakai or through the site “luc.voicethread.com” in which the regular Loyola student I.D. will work.

 

           students with disabilities

 

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


CLASS SCHEDULE(the following schedule is approximate and subject to modification; dates in bold and underlined refer to quizzes and midterm and are likely not to change)

 

 

Date 

Espresso 3

Linguistic domains

Culture / Geography

Grammar / Structure

Means of Assessment

Aug 31/Sep 1/3

1

 

 

 

introduction to course / review of Italian 103

 

 

Sep  7/8/10

1/2

Critical remarks or comments about past situations

 

Imperative form with pronouns

 

 

                    

Sep  14/15/17

 

 

2

Talk about distant paste

Italian Superstitions (legends, beliefs)

Preterit Tense

Quiz 1

 

Sep  21/22/24

2/3

Expressing views and opinions, judgments, joy, fear, hope, displeasure.

 

 the subjunctive mood ( past and  present)

 

 

Sep  28/29/Oct 1  

3

 

The language of Advertising

Future Perfect  Tense

Quiz 2

Comp.1

Oct  5/6/8

4

 

 

 Imperfect Subjunctive

   Oral 1

Rome Project 1

FALL BREAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct  19/20/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midterm

Oct  26/27/29 

 

 

4

 Expressing opinions, talking about interests

 

Past Perfect Subjunctive/ Come se +  Imperfect and Past Perfect Subjunctive

 

 

  Nov  2/3/5

5

 

Italian  writers

Passive  Form

 

Nov   9/10/12

5/6

Describing, debating

The Italian family

Passive Si/Impersonal Si

Quiz 3

 

Nov  16/17/19

6/7

Expressing desire; formulating hypotheses of possibility  and impossibility

 

Hypothetical sentences,

Il periodo ipotetico della possibilità e della irrealtà, magari + congiuntivo imperfetto

 

  

Nov   23/24

7

 

Festival and Traditions

 

Quiz 4

Rome Project 2

 

Nov   30/Dec 1/3

  review

 

 

 

Oral 2

Comp. 2

 

Text Box: ITALIAN 104 Prof. Nives Valli    

                                                                Fall  2015

Email: nvalli@luc.edu

Office: Room 115

Office Hour: M/T/TH: 15:00-16:00 and by appointment

Meeting Days and Times: M/T/TH : 16.00- 16.55

Meeting Place:

Online course: https://sakai.luc.edu/ (for help and log-in information, see

http://www.luc.edu/itrs/teachingwithtechnology/sakai/sakai-student-tutorials.shtml)

           

course description

The aim of this course is to further develop students’ knowledge of the target language (communicatively relevant patterns and common exceptions in interactive discourse) and culture through communicative in-class activities and out-of-class assignments. Authentic material in Italian (songs, short films, short prose narratives, etc.) will complement this course. Progetto Roma, a series of on-site guided activities, will encourage students to explore sites of the city while practicing structures and vocabulary learned in class interacting with local people. This course will be conducted in the target language.

 

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 3, students should attain a level of competency sufficient to:

 

-          Communicate ideas in extended discourse and participate in common interactive situations (speaking skills);

-          Understand native speech and its social meaning - everyday topics in predictable/unpredictable contexts (listening skills);

-          Comprehend the content and the cultural significance of literary and non-literary texts on familiar/unfamiliar topics and discourse types (reading skills);

-     Write coherently and appropriately on a variety of topics and discourse types (writing skills);

-     Understand specific aspects of Italian culture (contemporary issues on immigration and politics, the fine arts, history, geography, 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. Take all quizzes and exams on their scheduled dates and at their scheduled times. 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 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 Dean of Faculty, the Associate Director of Students, or the Director of Residence Life. 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 Dean of Faculty. A missed mid-term due to travel schedule will not be allowed to be made up, regardless of the circumstances.  The only exception will be an absence due to illness, and a doctor's slip or a note from Cindy Bomben if the doctor isn't available will be the only acceptable proof.

 

 

 

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 2%

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

 

 

text – required:

 

Espresso 3 – Maria Balì, Luciana Ziglio  -

Alma Edizioni  (available for purchase in JFRC bookstore) ISBN 978-88-6182-076-0

 

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

 

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:

Text Box:  % gr. pt. meaning A 100-93 4.00 excellent A- 92-89 3.67  B+ 88-86 3.33 B 85-81 3.00 good B- 80-78 2.67 C+ 77-75 2.33 C 74.5-71 2.00 satisfactory C- 70.5-68 1.67 min. for pass/fail option D+ 67.5-63 1.33 D 62.5-60 1.00 poor D- 59.5-57 F below 57 0.00 failure                                                             % of final grade           Grading Scale

 

   *Compositions (2)                                              6%

   *Oral Assignments & Rome Project                       22%

    Participation                                                        14%

    Homework                                                                       7%

    Quizzes (4)                                                       16%

    Midterm Exam                                               15%

    Final Exam                                                       20%  

                                                                                                                       

 

* Detailed information concerning these assignments (expectations, deadlines, etc.) will be discussed during the semester.

 

final exam

 

DATE:   |         TIME:        |          PLACE:

 

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.

 

 

SAKAI

 

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).

 

VOICETHREAD

 

Some oral or homework components of the course will require each student to access the Voice Thread tool . Voice Thread can be accessed on Sakai or through the site “luc.voicethread.com” in which the regular Loyola student I.D. will work.

 

           students with disabilities

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CLASS SCHEDULE(the following schedule is approximate and subject to modification; dates in bold and underlined refer to quizzes and midterm and are likely not to change)

 

 

Date 

Espresso 3

Linguistic domains

Culture / Geography

Grammar / Structure

Means of Assessment

Aug 31/Sep 1/3

1

 

 

 

introduction to course / review of Italian 103

 

 

Sep  7/8/10

1/2

Critical remarks or comments about past situations

 

Imperative form with pronouns

 

 

                    

Sep  14/15/17

 

 

2

Talk about distant paste

Italian Superstitions (legends, beliefs)

Preterit Tense

Quiz 1

 

Sep  21/22/24

2/3

Expressing views and opinions, judgments, joy, fear, hope, displeasure.

 

 the subjunctive mood ( past and  present)

 

 

Sep  28/29/Oct 1  

3

 

The language of Advertising

Future Perfect  Tense

Quiz 2

Comp.1

Oct  5/6/8

4

 

 

 Imperfect Subjunctive

   Oral 1

Rome Project 1

FALL BREAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct  19/20/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midterm

Oct  26/27/29 

 

 

4

 Expressing opinions, talking about interests

 

Past Perfect Subjunctive/ Come se +  Imperfect and Past Perfect Subjunctive

 

 

  Nov  2/3/5

5

 

Italian  writers

Passive  Form

 

Nov   9/10/12

5/6

Describing, debating

The Italian family

Passive Si/Impersonal Si

Quiz 3

 

Nov  16/17/19

6/7

Expressing desire; formulating hypotheses of possibility  and impossibility

 

Hypothetical sentences,

Il periodo ipotetico della possibilità e della irrealtà, magari + congiuntivo imperfetto

 

  

Nov   23/24

7

 

Festival and Traditions

 

Quiz 4

Rome Project 2

 

Nov   30/Dec 1/3

  review

 

 

 

Oral 2

Comp. 2