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
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.
- Greetings, introductions, and farewells
- Present-tense verbs
- Past-tense verbs
- Gender and number agreement
- Affirmation and negation
- Italian culture
- Use appropriate greetings, introductions, and farewells
- Demonstrate knowledge of phonetics through the comprehensible pronunciation of Italian words
- Demonstrate verbal and written knowledge of the Italian alphabet
- Recognize and produce numbers, dates, and times
- Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense indicative verb forms, including regulars, irregulars, and conoscere and sapere
- Recognize and produce the passato prossimo tense with avere
- Demonstrate knowledge of singular/plural, case, and gender agreement for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
- Recognize and use selected prepositions orally and in writing
- Create simple affirmative and negative statements using appropriate word order
- Develop and respond to interrogative questions relating to chapter/unit themes using appropriate word order
- Write about, speak about, and interpret situations similar to those presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook
- Compare and contrast elements of Italian culture that differ from the U.S. norm
Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:
- 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.