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ITALIAN 1A03 Intermediate Italian I (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

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 (Please email for appointment)

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to expand upon and add to the Italian language covered in first year university/ high school, and to provide students with the tools (vocabulary/ structures) required for oral and written expression for university level students. 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 (articles, music lyrics, as well as films shown will be discussed and analyzed both for structure and meaning). In class, students will be given ample opportunity to participate through collaborative work. Please bring an electronic device to class that allows you to search the Internet. I will provide opportunities for you to source information in Italian online in pairs and report on your findings. You will have a graded piece of work (short quiz or oral/written work) to present or hand in each class. A missed class means that you will have to submit an MSAF (see below). Classes will be conducted in Italian. 

This year’s theme is: La questione meridionale (special focus on Naples and la canzone napoletana)

By the end of this course, students will…

1.     become more familiar with the fundamentals of Italian grammar (i.e., present vs. past tenses; nouns vs. verbs; pronouns; complex sentences; relative pronouns);

2.     gain a better understanding of Italian contemporary culture, traditions, and society;

3.     become equipped to succeed in parsing more complex Italian writing and speech;

4.     acquire high-frequency lexical items for everyday communication and comprehension;

5.     be able to navigate written Italian (news articles, non-fiction, and short stories) with relative ease and build their confidence as readers and writers of Italian;

6.     initiate conversation in Italian with instructor and peers/ talk about films, music and social and cultural themes found therein in Italian 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • Petri, Andrea et al. GRAMMATICA DI BASE DELL’ITALIANO. Edizioni C. 2015. (ISBN: 978-84-16057-96-2)
  • Paper handouts (articles/music lyrics are provided free of charge each class (digital copies will be available on Avenue) - Please purchase a binder to keep your work neat and organized and bring lined paper to each class.

Method of Assessment:

Weekly Oral/Written Activities and Active Participation [weekly]: 30%
Tests (x3): 60% [Tuesday October 2; Tuesday October 30; Tuesday November 27] 
Presentation (Relazione): 10% [Tuesday December 4]

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Weekly in class assignments: Late work is subject to a penalty of 10% per day for up to three business days after which time a grade of zero will be assigned. Time extensions without penalty are provided only to students with documentation from SAS/ religious observance. This documentation must be presented to the instructor at the start of term. 

Missed test or final presentation (Relazione): there will be one cumulative make up exam (written and/or oral depending on nature of work missed) given at term end (date and location: TBA). The make up exam shall count for either one missed test or one missed presentation and shall not exceed a value of 20% of the work for the course. Please see your academic advisor if more than this amount has been missed.

NB. 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 the single missed unit of 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:

Settimana del 4 settembre

Grammatica 1

Pp. 14-50:

  • Il nome, plurali, articoli, dimostrativi

Pp. 84-88:

  • Pronomi personali; pronomi di soggetto




Lettura 1:

  • Articolo - Italia o Italie?

Lettura 2:

  • Musica - Al Sud (Povia)


Settimana del 10

Grammatica 2

Pp. 112-114:

  • Coniugazione: elementi di base

Pp. 124-142:

  • Presente, passato prossimo; transitività


Lettura 3: 

  • Il sud prima deli’ unità nei brano di Povia…una canzone falsa

Lettura 4: 

  • Musica – Jammo jà (Nino D’Angelo)

Settimana del 17

Grammatica 2 Continua

Pp. 112-114:

  • Coniugazione: elementi di base

Pp. 124-142:

  • Presente, passato prossimo; transitività



Correggere letture 1-4

Settimana del 24

Grammatica 3

Pp. 143-166:

  • Passato remoto, passato prossimo o passato remoto?, imperfetto


Visione del film:

  • Ciao Professore

Settimana del 1 ottobre



(martedì il 2 ottobre)


Spezzoni del film:

  • Ciao Professore

Settimana del 8 *** PAUSA ***

Settimana del 15

Grammatica 4

Pp. 206-217:

  • Preposizioni 


Lettura 5:

  • Musica – Napule è (Pino Daniele)

Visione del film:

  • Benvenuti al sud 

Lettura 6 (in inglese- da leggere a casa):

  • “Hit film gives Italy chance to close north-south divide”

Settimana del 22

Grammatica 4 Continua

Pp. 206-217:

  • Preposizioni



Spezzoni del film:

  • Benvenuti al sud

Settimana del 29




(martedì il 30 ottobre)


Lettura 7:

  • Musica – Oh mia bela Madunina (Giovanni D’Anzi)

Spezzoni del film:

  • Benvenuti al sud

Settimana del 5 novembre

Grammatica 5

Pp. 89-94:

  • Pronomi con preposizioni (a me, per te, con lui); pronomi complemento


Lettura 8:

  • Musica – Nu juorno buono (Rocco Hunt)

Spezzoni del film:

  • Benvenuti al sud

Settimana del 12

Grammatica 6

Pp. 115-123:

  • Forme indefinite: parlare, parlando, parlato


Spezzoni del film:

  • Ciao Professore/Benvenuti al sud

Lettura 9:

  • Mediterraneo (Giuseppe Mango)

Settimana del 19

Grammatica 7

Pp. 102-109:

  • Costruzioni riflessive e valutative


Attività varie

Settimana del 26


(martedì il 27 novembre)

Attività varie

Settimana del 3 dicembre



(martedì il 4 dicembre)

Other Course Information:

The instructor reserves the right to alter this document.