Instructor: Rossella Pescatori Time:


Office Hour: T-Th afterclass E-mail:

Italiano 1


COURSE DESCRIPTION : The purpose of this course is to provide students with a sound basis for communicating effectively and accurately in Italian. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading and writing. After completing the course, students should be able to:

Italian is the language used in the classroom.

REQUIRED TEXTS : J.M. Aski, D. Musumeci, AVANTI 2, Mc GrawHill, 2010. + Workbook and Lab manual online: You can purchase the access code directly at centro

Italian 1 will cover Preliminary Chapter and Chapters 1-7

COURSE REQUIREMENTS : Completion of Chapters Preliminare to 7 inclusive. In order to cover this material, we will complete approximately one chapter every two to three weeks. Class meets only two days a week, and regular attendance is extremely important, since catching up is very difficult in beginning language classes. You will be marked down for excessive tardiness or leaving class early, and you may be dropped after five (5) unexcused absences. Attendance is mandatory and active class participation is expected. For medical excuses, a doctor’s certificate will be required.

CLASS FORMAT: Students should be prepared to spend at least 12 hours per week on this course, which is equivalent to 4.2 hours in class and 8 hours outside of class. One chapter will be covered every two to three weeks. At home, you will read the chapter in your text, view vocabulary & grammar tutorials on CENTRO, complete homework assignments including working on the chapter Workbook & Lab Manual on CENTRO for at least 30 minutes a day. In class, you will participate actively in class activities, presentations, discussions, readings, skits, and you will take quizzes and tests.

HOMEWORK: Assignments =Homework are important in order to prepare, complement, and reinforce the work done in class. Homework workbook is online. For optimal benefits, spend at least a half an hour on CENTRO workbook & lab manual per day. It is your responsibility to keep up with the class. After completing each activity, press ‘submit’ to see errors (not all activities will provide feedback). Portions of these exercises may be adapted for use on exams. You will complete all assigned chapter activities on CENTRO by the day listed on the calendar to receive credit. No late work accepted.

ETUDES shell and MY CLASS SITE. During this semester we will use two platforms where all the necessary informations will be posted. You need to upload your Diari on our ETUDES. Diari are to be typed on a separate sheet of paper being mindful of punctuation and accents. The journals are at the end of each chapter in the workbook in the section “Cultura, Scriviamo!”. The journal is meant to help you to synthesize the vocabulary and grammar structures that you have learned in the chapter and to really communicate in the language. SAVE your journals on your personal computer. Everything in this course builds on itself and is meant to prepare you for the next step including the written portions of the midterm and final and the topics that will be on your speaking exam.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Since Italian is a course that requires participation in order to fulfill the objectives of the course, your active participation is mandatory.  To be successful, you must attend class, come prepared, participate meaningfully in class activities and discussions with each other and with the instructor, and make sure you meet all of the deadlines listed on the calendario. Tardiness is very disruptive please arrive to class on time. Since your attendance is necessary to fulfill the objectives of the course, every absence could affect your participation in the class negatively.


The “A” Student comes to class and arrives on time with textbook, paper, and pen every day; initiates and maintains meaningful interaction during class time; shows leadership in group activities; avoids using English in discussions and group activities; makes an effort to ask questions in Italian; is always prepared; attempts to use complete sentences and elaborate on answers.

The “B” Student shows willingness to participate; cooperates fully in discussions and group activities although may not necessarily be the leader; answers readily when called upon; elaborates somewhat on answers.

The “C” Student participates more passively than actively in class and group activities; occasionally resorts to use of English; gives slightly elaborated answers; is not always fully prepared for class sometimes due to absences.

The “D” Student seldom participates; generally doesn’t cooperate in activities (resorts frequently to English); has many errors and makes little effort to correct him/herself; is often absent and tardy and/or frequently not prepared when asked questions.

The “F” Student is unprepared and rarely participates in class activities (sometimes due to excessive absences, chronic tardiness, etc...); is not able to answer questions and almost never uses Italian.

Please be courteous to your classmates and your instructor during the class time by deactivating all electronic devices before entering the class

EXAMS: An exam will be given approximately every two to three weeks and will cover roughly two chapters of material. NO MAKE-UPS WILL BE GIVEN. All exams will be graded according the following scale:





Below 60%…F

The lowest test score (not the FINAL) will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Please note the dates (posted on ETUDES Shell and MY CLASS SITE) of the exams now to avoid future conflict.

STUDENTS WITH DISABLITY: If you have a hidden or visible disability, which may require classroom or test accommodations, please see me as soon as possible afterclass. If you have not already done so, please call the Special Resource Center: 310 660 3295

GRADING: Attendance, oral participation, homework and exercises, and exam grades and will all count toward your final grade, based on the following percentages:

Exams (quizzes and Midterm)……………50%

Final Exam….20%

Oral Grade/Diari….15%

Homework/Attendance …15%

LAB Humanities 114 : Plan to take advantage of the language lab located to Humanities 114. Activities done there will give an extracredit.

ELECTRONICS: Please turn off all beepers, watchers, cell phones, etc. while in class.

Questions: Please feel free to ask questions at any time. By asking questions, you are helping other students as well as yourself.

ECC ITALIAN CLUB: it is recommended to participate actively to ECC Italian Club.