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ITALIAN 1Z06S Beginner's Intensive Italian (C01)

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2018

Term: Multiterm

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

Course Objectives:

This foundational blended 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 regional identities (the North/South divide).
The online lectures will consist of grammar explanation and the lectures will consist of the discussion of readings and guided language and culture activities. Modern Italian films (from the 70s to the 2000s) and short articles are the primary texts studied for cultural and language content. Classes will be conducted in Italian as much as possible with some English used. Students will study the sounds and rhythms of the language through film and some music. Though strong emphasis will be put on literacy (how to analyze, interpret and use Italian grammar; how to summarize, formulate questions and answers on written and visual materials in Italian) students will have ample opportunity to practice speaking skills through dialogue. Students who wish to converse more are encouraged to take Italian 2Z03/2ZZ3 after the completion of this course. 

This course is delivered in blended format over 12 weeks (summer courses are more intensive and we work through the material more quickly). Four hours are reserved for lecture/in class work a week but all grammar lectures and online practice quizzes are to be done at home (materials available through Avenue to Learn). The print grammar activities in your courseware are instructor guided and we will do many of these together in class.
Your courseware is also a cultural reader with articles and vocabulary lists in lecture. You will complete Participation Activities during lecture. Please view syllabus and read through the material before class. Please engage in active note taking in lecture during the cultural readings and activities done in class and during review of material at home. Please always bring both your courseware and a device to class.

There are four marked Assignments [in class/hand written/oral] in the course. These are collaborative projects. These assignments are based on film content, themes and characters and will require you to use the grammar studied to date. Instructions are given in class. These are closed book tests but I provide some vocabulary am always available in class to answer any questions. The Film and Grammar Tests [online] include both grammar and cultural content studied in course (readings and film). Tests are timed for 1 hour and you are allowed only one attempt. These are open book (print material only) and are invigilated in class. 

The video grammar lectures with accompanying Grammar Quizzes [online at home] allow you to review concepts learned an unlimited amount of times. There is no time limit on the quizzes and you are given unlimited attempts but these do have a due date (see syllabus).

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Course Reader and Grammar Workbook: D’Angelo, Wendy. INTRODUCTORY ITALIAN LANGUAGE THROUGH FILM + Grammar Activities. 2018 (Courseware)

Audio Grammar Lectures: D’Angelo, Wendy. ITALIAN 1Z06 GRAMMAR LECTURES. 2017 (available through Youtube links provided on Avenue to Learn: FREE) 

Method of Assessment:

Grammar Quizzes [online at home] (x11) 20% (Weekly)

Participation Activities [in class] 20% (each class)

Film and Grammar Tests [online] (x4) 40% (May 17, June 7, June 28, July 26)                                                               

Assignments [in class/hand written] (x4) 20% ((May 17, June 7, June 28, July 26) 

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

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 assignment (handwritten closed book assignment) given at course 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 assignment and have it count towards any missed/late work. You must have documentation in place (MSAF) within 5 business days from the date of the missed graded piece of work. 

NB. MSAF and SAS accommodations do not make a student exempt from completing graded work. Appropriate make up evaluations may substitute incomplete work but content is non-negociable.

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 Avenue to Learn for detailed syllabus.

Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to alter this document.