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ITALIAN 1Z06S Beginners Intensive Italian

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: after class or email for appointment

Course Objectives:

This foundational course in Italian language and culture will give the student the language basics and cultural knowledge needed to start communicating in Italian about events that affect Italians today. The focus will be on contemporary aspects of Italian culture (with emphasis on mainstream culture as opposed to high culture): language and identity, immigration, gender roles, and the north/south tension.

The lectures will consist primarily of the presentation, discussion and analysis of grammatical structures and guided language and culture activities based on authentic primary material in Italian. Contemporary Italian films and short articles are the primary texts studied for cultural and language content. Classes will be conducted in Italian as much as possible.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

D’Angelo, Wendy. INTRODUCTORY ITALIAN LANGUAGE THROUGH FILM. 2017 (Pressbooks link available on Avenue to Learn)

D’Angelo, Wendy. ITALIAN 1Z06 GRAMMAR LECTURES. 2017 (available in note taking format on Avenue to Learn)

Method of Assessment:

14 x  Grammar Quizzes  30% [weekly] (submitted online through Avenue)

4 x    Film and Grammar Tests  20% [May 16, June 8, June 27, July 18] (submitted online through Avenue)

4 x    Writing Projects (Instructor guided)  40% [May 16, June 8, June 27, July 18] (in class)

1 x    Google Earth Tour of Italy/Quiz  5% [July 20] (submitted online through Avenue in class)

1 x    Online Music Quiz  5% [July 25] (submitted onlnine through Avenue in class)

How this Course Works/Tips for Success

The grammar components of this course are presented in lecture. Lecture notes are provided on Avenue. You should get into the practise of active note taking in lecture during the cultural readings and activities done in class and during review of material at home. Online quizzes allow you to review concepts learned. There is no time limit and you are given unlimited attempts but these do have a due date. Tests are online and include both grammar and cultural content studied in course (readings and film). Tests are timed for 50 minutes and you are allowed only one attempt. Study for these as you would any test. If you are not familiar enough with the material, you will likely run out of time and/or score poorly.

NB. All online components are open book and are done through Avenue 2 Learn. Please bring your laptops/tablets to all classes.

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 handwritten and supervised exam) given at year end (date and location: TBA) to count toward any missed/late assignments (tests, writing projects, quizzes). 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:

Syllabus available on Avenue 2 Learn.



Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to modify this document if need be.