Ital 250 / 251 - Italian Composition and Conversation I / II
Recommended texts: Alberto Mazzetti, Patrizia Manili, Maria Rosaria Bagianti,”QUI ITALIA” livello medio,6th edition. Firenze :Le Monnier.
Additional readings: selected stories from Leonardo Sciascia, Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino.
Course description: Italian 251 is an integration and refinement of what students have learned in
previous Italian courses(102/103/104/ 250.) THIS COURSE IS ENTIRELY TAUGHT IN ITALIAN.
Materials to be used:
In addition to articles taken from Italian newspapers and magazines, this course will mainly deal with linguistic analysis through the above mentioned readings . This choice has been made for the following reasons :first, the stories are not long and will not discourage students; second, Sciascia’s Moravia’s, Calvino’s language is superb, an extraordinary example for the students to imitate.
Their language will certainly help them better understand and appreciate Italian phonology lexis,
syntax and register.
NOTICE: the choice of the material generally depends on the command of the language the students have as they come from different universities and very frequently have unequal level of preparation.
The objective of Italian 251 is to familiarize students not only with the language but also with the Italian culture, especially regarding some still unsolved social problems in Sicily. The approach to these writers should heighten interest, enrich vocabulary and serve as the starting point for discussion and conversation in class. The last ten minutes of each class will be devoted to the writing of short passages previously read and discussed.
The objective of this procedure is to help students reach an active command of written and oral language.
Attendance is mandatory to all students enrolled in the course. In the case of more than six unjustified absences, students will receive “an attendance warning” and the final grade will be lowered a letter grade.
In the case of more than six unjustified absences, students will receive an official notice”attendance withdrawal” which means automatic failure.
All compositions must be typed, double spaced, and given to the instructor for the correction. The grade will be based on the following standards:
a)Quality of the first draft (mainly based on well constructed sentences) and the improvements made in the revised version according to the instructor’s suggestions: 50%.
b) Contents of the papers must be pertinent on the points read and discussed in class.
c) First draft and revised version must be handed in for the instructor to grade the work.
d) Topics for each composition are previously discussed in class.
CODE OF CORRECTION FOR COMPOSITIONS :
1)VOC= choose the right vocabulary.
2)Acc. Put accent if needed.
4)GEN= gender of the nouns.
6) ART= insert correct article (definite/indefinite).
7)PREP= insert correct simple preposition.
8)COMB PREP. =insert def. art.+ simple prep.
9)PRON= insert direct/ indirect personal pronouns.(Mind the position in the sentence! )
10)ADJ=insert possessive( adjective/pronouns).
11)AUX= insert correct auxiliary verb in case of idiomatic expressions.(To have and to be.)Insert correct auxiliary verb in case of sentences in the past with motion verbs or reflexive verbs.)
12) V/T= (use of infinitive after prepositions .The difference between past tense and imperfect.)
13) SUBJ= (hypothetical sentence)subjunctive or infinitive in the dependent clause.
14) COND= conditional/ subjunctive agreement with the main clause.
15) DUR.FORM= different use of tenses in Italian.( Da quando? )
16) FUT.= Future tense in a dependent clause.( use of the conditional in the past. ( Present or past?).
17) HYP SENT= Conditional and Subjunctive in a hypothetical sentence.
18)REPH = Rephrase/ Rewrite sentence in a simple correct way.
Final grade breakdown
-Attendance………………………………………………………… .30 %
-10 Compositions…( 4% each)……………………………………… 40%
-Debate in Italian about topics read in class…………… ……… 15%
-The hidden beauties of Rome through the students’ eyes .Itineraries
previously discussed and negotiated with students. Final presentation.
( oral and written ). 15%
C_________ 79 -74
C-________ 73- 70
F _________63 and lower.
(The section on academic integrity is adapted from the Loyola University Chicago-Undergraduate Studies Catalog.)