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ITALIAN 1Z06A Beginner's Intensive Italian

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2016

Term: Summer

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: Thursday 12:30-1:30 or by appointment (please email me if you plan to drop in during OH)

Course Objectives:

The lectures will consist primarily, but not exclusively, of the presentation and discussion of grammatical structures, oral and written exercises and the reading of short texts.  In class, students will be given ample opportunity to participate through a series of group work assignments (practice work and collaborative tests) as strong emphasis is placed on the communicative aspects of language. Vocabulary exercises and listening comprehension activities are used to expand the student’s oral/aural proficiency. The online component of this course guides students through online activities and is intended to be used by the student as a review tool. This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of the spoken and written language, as well as with knowledge of some of the most popular elements of Italian culture.  Classes will be conducted in Italian as much as possible. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Julia M. Cozzarelli, Sentieri 2nd Edition + Supersite Access  

This same text will be used in ITALIAN 2Z03 and 2ZZ3. No other texts will be needed for this course.

NB: I have a list of students who wish to sell their gently used books privately at low cost. Contact me so I can put you in contact with one of these students. The purchase of the used text book is between you and the seller. I will not handle money, discuss pricing or deliver texts.




Method of Assessment:


Online Homework (Multimedia Web activities assigned through Sentieri to be completed weekly) 20% (May 11; May 25; June 8; June 22; July 6; July 20)

*Tests (includes both an oral and a written component/collaborative (pair work)/open book) (x6 [1 per unit]) 80% (May 12; May 26; June 9; June 23; July 7; July 21)


*The tests will require 3 hours of collaborative work in class on the days listed above. Topics and materials featured on the tests will be studied in class prior to the testing days during preceding classes. It is imperative that you attend class regularly in order to understand the material and contribute meaningfully to the pair work assignments. Students who do not regularly attend class may be required to do the tests individually. 





Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Missed Tests: a supervised cumulative makeup test will take the place of any one missed unit test on July 28th (time and place TBA) on the condition that an MSAF is submitted within 3 working days of the absence.

Late Online Homework: a penalty of 5% per day applies to late submissions 





Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

A detailed syllabus is available on Avenue to Learn.

Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this document.