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ITALIAN 1A03 Intermediate Italian I

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

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 expand upon and add to the Italian grammar covered in first year university/ high school, and to provide students with the tools (vocabulary/ structures) required for oral and written expression in a variety of situations. Classes will be conducted in Italian.

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 WebSAM Access VOL.2  (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 (x3) 30% (These will take place on the Thursday of the week indicated on syllabus)

Writing Assignments (scrittura) (x 3) 30% (see syllabus for dates)

Oral (relazione) (x3) 15% (see syllabus for dates)

Exam (x1) 15% 

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 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:


8-11 settembre

Unit 7a: futuro semplice, double object pronouns

14-18 settembre

Unit 7b: imperatives (formal and informal), time expressions

21-25 settembre


28 settembre -2 ottobre

Scrittura/relazione in classe 1

5-9 ottobre

Unit 8a: comparatives of equality, inequality and superlatives


no classes

19-23 ottobre

Unit 8b: the present and past conditional, dovere, potere and volere in the conditional

26-30 ottobre


2-6 novembre

Scrittura/relazione in classe 2

9-13 novembre

Unit 9a: passive and impersonal expressions (Si impersonale, si passivante), relative pronouns

16-20 novembre

Unit 9b: indefinite words, negative expressions

23-27 novembre


30 novembre - 4 dicembre

Scrittura/relazione in classe 3

7-8 dicembre



no classes/ EXAM