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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:20-4:20 or by appointment (please email) 

Course Objectives:

This course is the continuation of ITALIAN 2ZZ3 (1AA3) and is designed to improve the student's written and oral proficiency through spoken and written exercises and the analysis and discussion of literary texts and articles. Classes will be conducted in Italian and students are expected to communicate in Italian only with the instructor and classmates.

Grammar material will be introduced through context-based readings and exercises. Students will be expected to use their critical thinking skills to analyze and apply these new structures and vocabulary (vocabulary lists will be supplied by the text in Italian only) in their own written and oral work. Students will also be expected to reflect meaningfully on the content of the materials studied in the target language. Active participation in the target language is expected. Grammar/ lexical and short essay homework will be assigned, taken up orally and collected weekly. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Brogini, A. Filippone, A. Muzzi. Raccontare il novecento, Edizioni Edilingua: 2005 

Method of Assessment:

Homework/Compiti (ognii settmana): 15%*

Compositions/Scritture (x 5): 20%

Presentation/Relazioni [a coppia] (x1): 10%

Active participation and in-class group work/

Lavoro di gruppo e partecipazione (ogni settimana): 15%** 

Midterm/Esame intermedio (x 1): 15% [giovedì il 24 ottobre]

Final Exam/ Esame finale (x1) : 25% [a fine corso]


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

**Some of the homework will be taken up in class and some will be required to be handed in.  It is expected that you complete all homework for class in order to be prepared for class and participate fully. Please prepare your work neatly (if your handwriting is unclear, please type your work) and include your first and last name on all work. Please take pride in your work. Do not hand in work on badly ripped, wrinkled or soiled paper. No late or electronic submissions accepted without authorization from SAS. To avoid penalties of incomplete work (10% per day up to 5 days), use the MSAF to report your absence/inability to do the work. 

* You must have the readings (letture) and relevant homework prepared for each class. Not doing so will result in incomplete homework, low participation and incomplete group work marks as you will not be able to contribute to group work/discussions. Absences must be reported using MSAF if you do not wish to lose marks for in class work/participation in the event of illness/personal reasons.

NB: Please do not enroll in this class if you do not plan on attending it regularly.  Group/class work can not be substituted for any other type 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:

(Provided on Avenue to Learn in PDF)