ITAL-131: Elementary Italian I

Liberal Arts
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary Italian I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-131 eligible or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Italia within communicative contexts. Covers the elementary pronunciation and grammatical principles necessary for comprehending and expressing simple ideas in both spoken and written Italian. Presents Italian culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ITAL-131 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice Mid-level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Presents Italian culture.

Core Course Topics
  1. Greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Phonetics
  3. Alphabet
  4. Numbers
  5. Present-tense verbs
  6. Past-tense verbs
  7. Gender and number agreement
  8. Prepositions
  9. Affirmation and negation
  10. Interrogatives
  11. Vocabulary
  12. Italian culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Use appropriate greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of phonetics through the comprehensible pronunciation of Italian words
  3. Demonstrate verbal and written knowledge of the Italian alphabet
  4. Recognize and produce numbers, dates, and times
  5. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense indicative verb forms, including regulars, irregulars, and conoscere and sapere
  6. Recognize and produce the passato prossimo tense with avere
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of singular/plural, case, and gender agreement for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
  8. Recognize and use selected prepositions orally and in writing
  9. Create simple affirmative and negative statements using appropriate word order
  10. Develop and respond to interrogative questions relating to chapter/unit themes using appropriate word order
  11. Write about, speak about, and interpret situations similar to those presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook
  12. Compare and contrast elements of Italian culture that differ from the U.S. norm
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral and/or expressive-receptive exam(s)
  • Departmental writing assessment
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date