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ITALIAN 1A03 Intermediate Italian I

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: Thursday 2-3 (please email for appointment)

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to expand upon and add to the Italian grammar covered in first year university/ high school, and to provide students with the tools (vocabulary/ structures) required for oral and written expression in a variety of situations. Classes will be conducted in Italian.
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 drills and group work assignments 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 and evaluation tool.

Tips for Success

The grammar components of this course are presented in lecture and outlined in the textbook. It is expected that you review the grammar topics on your own before and after class and complete the online homework as topics arise (due dates appear on the Sentieri website) . If you have trouble with a concept, please schedule a time to see me and bring with you your attempted work and class notes so I can help you trouble shoot. I will not be able to provide you with feedback unless I see your work. Many students find that it is helpful to come to an instructor’s office hour with specific questions about a topic, an example, or even a question to which they cannot provide an answer (bottom line: I can only help you if you have legitimately invested time in the topic).

How to Gauge Your Learning

Two weeks per unit are dedicated to evaluation. You will be tested individually (writing assignments) and collaboratively (group work). Group work assignments and writing assignments are open book and will consist in several parts to be completed in class in the three hours we have per week (missing part of the week counts as missed work/read ‘Missed/Late Work’ below). Sometimes, part of that time will be dedicated to watching part of a film or reading an article together. These ‘testing weeks’ are run like tutorials or language labs. I will keep you busy and on task and am available for any questions you have. It is meant to be a supportive, interactive, collegial and social (after all, language is for communication!) opportunity that is both challenging and fun. To prepare adequately, follow the syllabus and complete the online work. Your partners will expect you to have the same knowledge base as they do going into a group work task in order for the work load to be fair so please do not let them (or yourselves!) down. 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Julia M. Cozzarelli, Sentieri 2nd Edition + Supersite Plus VOL.2 (includes: VText) (ISBN 9781626808041)
(NB: This can be purchased at the bookstore or online at: 

Method of Assessment:

-Online Homework (weekly) 20% (Web activities assigned through Sentieri)

-Group Work (x3) 40%

-Writing Assignments (x 3) 40% 

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

No late work will be accepted. Time extensions are provided only to students with documentation from SAS. This documentation must be presented to the instructor from SAS at the start of term. To avoid penalties, there will be one cumulative make up exam (a two hour written and supervised exam) given at year end (date and location: TBA) to count toward any missed/late assignments (group work and writing assignments). Appropriate documentation must be submitted to and approved by your faculty (MSAF/advanced notice of religious observance) in order to write the make up exam and have it count towards any missed/late work. 

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

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:

See syllabus on Avenue.

Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to alter this document.