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ITALIAN 1Z06A Beginner's Intensive Italian

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Wendy D'Angelo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 504

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24780

Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30 (or by appointment) 

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of the spoken and written language, as well as with knowledge of some of the most popular elements of Italian culture.  Classes will be conducted in Italian as much as possible.  

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. 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Julia M. Cozzarelli, Sentieri 2nd Edition + Supersite Plus Access (includes: VText) (ISBN 9781626808041)

(NB: This can be purchased at the bookstore or online at:


Method of Assessment:

Online Homework (weekly) 10% (Web activities assigned through Sentieri)

Group Work (x6) 30% (These will take place on the Thursday of the week indicated on syllabus)

Oral Skits (x2) 20% (see syllabus for dates)

Writing Assignment (x1) 10% (see syllabus for dates)

Exams (x2) 30%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

With the proper documentation (MSAF/ email to instructor at the commencement of term regarding religious observances), the value of missed work will be added to the final exam in April.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Integrity

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The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • improper collaboration in group work.
  • copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Online Proctoring

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Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

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Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

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Extreme Circumstances

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Topics and Readings:


Settimana del:


8-11 settembre

Unit 1a: How to use your online workbook; Italian alphabet, greetings, nouns and articles numbers 0-100

14-18 settembre

Unit 1b: Adjectival agreement, subject pronouns and the verbs essere and stare (Adjectives vs adverbs), telling time

21-25 settembre


28 settembre -2 ottobre

Unit 2a: Regular -ARE verbs (1st conjugation), irregular -ARE verbs (andare, fare, stare)

5-9 ottobre

Unit 2b: The verb avere, -ERE verbs, the verb piacere, numbers 100+



no classes

19-23 ottobre


26-30 ottobre

Unit 3a: Possessives, simple and articulated articles, regular -IRE verbs

2-6 novembre

Unit 3b: Descriptive adjectives, interrogatives and demonstratives

9-13 novembre


16-20 novembre

Unit 4a: Modal verbs (volere, potere, dovere), the irregular verbs dire, uscire, venire, disjunctive pronouns

23-27 novembre

Unit 4b: The tense: passato prossimo with the auxiliary avere, the verbs conoscere and sapere

30 novembre - 4 dicembre


7-8 dicembre

TERM 1 Oral Activities (Group Work: small skits worth 10% of final grade)


no classes/ EXAM 1

5-8 gennaio

Unit 5a: The tense: passato prossimo with the auxiliary essere, direct object pronouns, the partitive and expressions of quantity

11-15 gennaio

Unit 5b: Indirect object pronouns and adverbs

18-21 gennaio

Practice and review

25-29 gennaio


1-5 febbraio

Unit 6a: Reflexive verbs, reciprocal reflexives and reflexive verbs in the passato prossimo, the pronouns ci and ne

8-12 febbraio

Practice and review


no classes

22-26 febbraio

Unit 6b: The tense: imperfetto; the tense: passato prossimo compared to the imperfetto, The tense: trapassato prossimo

29 febbraio- 4 marzo

Practice and review

7-11 marzo


14-18 marzo

Writing assignment (worth 10% of final grade/ this will take the entire week to complete in class)

21-24 marzo*

TERM 2 Oral Activities (Group Work: small skits worth 10% of final grade)

28 marzo -1 aprile

TERM 2 Oral Activities (Group Work: small skits worth 10% of final grade)

4-8 aprile



no classes/ EXAM 2