Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

ITAL 102 Italian II

Summer 2013 - Session I

Email:   cdefraia@luc.edu                                                                                           

Office: Room TBA

Office Hour: TBA

Meeting Days and Times: MTWTH 2:00 PM-3:40 PM

Meeting Place: Room TBA

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




course description


The purpose of this course is to build upon basic structures learned in first-semester Italian and to introduce students to new and more complex structures of the language. Emphasis will be placed on further 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 modern Italy, 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.


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


  1. Utilize essentials of Italian grammar in speaking and writing with a high level of precision. Specifically, students should be able to:
    1. Request, provide, and obtain information on a range of practical topics (e.g., describing typical behavior, discussing your childhood and past situations) and in a variety of situations (e.g., shopping for clothes, grocery shopping)
    2. Discuss present, past, and future activities using a wide range of vocabulary;
  1. Provide and obtain information on such topics as personal/family background, preferences, interests, and daily routine.
  2. Read, with increased comprehension, general interest articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as simple stories, brochures, signs, advertisements, songs, and poems;
  3. Understand clearly articulated native Italian speech within the limits of familiar vocabulary;
  4. Be knowledgeable of Italian history, culture, society, 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


Students requesting that an absence be excused due to illness must present the instructor with a written note from a physician (a written prescription for medications will not be considered sufficient justification for an absence). Please note that the Academic Advisor, the Associate Director of Students, or the Director of Residence Life can justify absences only in emergency situations. Personal reasons such as travel plans, visiting relatives, friends, etc., cannot be accepted as valid grounds for excusing an absence.


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 4 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.


text    –               1 copy is required for each student:


Quiitalia.it. 2011. Mazzetti, Falcinelli, Servadio, Santeusanio. Mondadori Education: Milano. (available for purchase in JFRC bookstore)


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


*Oral Presentations                                 15%

**Compositions (4)                               15%

**Class Participation                             10%

**Homework                                       15%

Quizzes (3)                                          10%

Midterm Exam                                      15%

Final Exam                                           20%                




Oral presentations: You will be asked to make an individual/group presentation of your choice on topics which will focus on the Italian culture in accordance with the teacher’s instructions. Further details will be given in class.

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


final exam


DATE: Thursday, June 20 |    TIME: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm                |    PLACE: 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.


                %             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


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.




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 Voice board tool in Blackboard. Headphone/microphone headsets (as for Skype) will be provided to students who do not have one.


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 subject to modification)




Communicative Functions

Culture / Geography*

Grammar / Structure

Means of Assessment

May 20/21/22/23


Review of 101/ unità 7

asking for things, asking for and providing information, speaking about past events

Italians and vacations

choice of auxiliary verb in passato prossimo, suffixes

Comp 1 Quiz 1

May 27 (no classes*)28/29/30


unità 8

discussing prices, asking for permission, quantities, asking for things politely, speaking about past events

“Made in Italy” products, industrial districts, food products

direct object pronouns, ne, ce l’ho, stare + gerund, ci vuole, ci vogliono

Comp 2

  Quiz 2

June 03/04/05/06

unità 9

asking about and expressing preference, expressing likes and dislikes

famous Italian artwork, museums, films

indirect object pronouns, piacere in the present and passato prossimo

Comp 3

Midterm Exam

June 10/11/12/13

unità 10

discussing and describing past events, expressing memories, habits in the past, comparing present and past actions

famous Italians and their childhood, how Italy and some famous Italians have changed over time

imperfect indicative, past expressions of time

Comp 4

Quiz 3


June 17/18/19/20

unità 11

expressing desires, making/receiving suggestions,  giving information through advertisements


Working in Italy, new types of jobs


Final Exam




*  Make up classes will be scheduled during the semester.

NOTE: Dates in bold and underlined refer to quizzes and the midterm; the precise date of oral presentations and compositions will be set by the instructor. *Instructors will make reference to Rome and the Lazio region when possible and appropriate.