ITAL-132: Elementary Italian II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary Italian II
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
A grade of C or better in ITAL-131 or in one year of high school Italian, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Further builds reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Italian, focusing on communication in a cultural context. Develops knowledge of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express everyday ideas in both spoken and written Italian. Presents Italian culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ITAL-132 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice High 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.

Core Course Topics
  1. Present-tense verbs
  2. Past-tense verbs
  3. Hypothetical expressions
  4. Reciprocity
  5. Perfect verb forms
  6. Future
  7. Commands
  8. Prepositions
  9. Pronouns
  10. Comparative and superlative structures
  11. Narration
  12. Italian culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense reflexive verbs
  2. Recognize, produce, and compare the passato prossimo tense with avere and essere and the imperfetto tense
  3. Recognize and produce the conditional present and conditional past verb forms, including regulars and irregulars
  4. Express reciprocity correctly both orally and in writing
  5. Demonstrate correct usage of the trapassato prossimo tense
  6. Recognize and produce the futuro semplice verb forms, including regulars and irregulars
  7. Recognize and produce simple formal and informal commands
  8. Recognize and use selected prepositions orally and in writing
  9. Interpret and demonstrate correct usage of direct and indirect object pronouns
  10. Compare and contrast using appropriate comparative and superlative structures
  11. Interpret and produce simple narratives in the past using appropriate time markers and present and past verb forms
  12. Analyze aspects of Italian culture that differ from the U.S. norm, giving specific examples that illustrate such differences
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)
  • 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.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Effective Term
Fall 2019