The Department of French and Italian

Robert Bucci


M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut

Assistant Instructor
Robert Bucci

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-8628
  • Office: HRH 4.154
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018 - Monday and Friday, 11am to 12pm
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Interests


Dante, Ecocriticism, Aesthetics, Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature, Leopardi

Biography


Robert was born and raised in Cranston, RI. In 2012, he obtained his B.A. in Italian and Philosophy, with a minor in History, from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. While at Iona, he had the opportunity to study in Rome, and went on to serve as the assistant on-site coordinator for the college's Rome study abroad program over the course of two summers. He received his M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2014. At UConn, he taught Italian language classes as well as courses on Italian culture and literature. He arrived in Austin in Fall 2014 to pursue his doctoral studies.

Courses


ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36635 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 2.118

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36720 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.208

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37015 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM JES A218A

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36790 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 206

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.

 

 

ITL N611C • Intermediate Italian

82700 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTH 1:00PM-3:30PM PAR 208

ITL 611 C – Summer 2016                                           

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

Melucci, Tognozzi Piazza, 1st Edition

Includes iLrn Printed Access Card

Packet of Xerox-copied material-University Coop

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation,

   using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

 

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through group activities and students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day; students should expect to spend at least 12 hours every week for homework; that is at least TWO hours every day.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor for the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

 

LOGISTICS:

In ITL 611 C, students pick up where they left off at the end of ITL 601C and study the six final chapters of the textbook Piazza,do the exercises on the online workbook that accompanies Piazza. In addition, ITL 611C makes use of other resources:

-           Modules of ITAL (Packet): each module consists of several videos that we will use to enhance listening, speaking, and writing skills and expand knowledge of Italian culture;

-           Readings (Packet) to improve reading skills. Toward the end of the semester, students will work on an additional reading. In the Packet, students will also find additional exercises on the grammatical structures presented in the textbook Piazza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lower-Division Grading Scale for Italian is the following:

100-93 A         89-87 B+         79-77 C+        69-67 D+       Less than 60 F

92-90 A-         86-83 B           76-73 C           66-63 D

                        82-80 B-          72-70 C           62-60 D-

           

 

GRADING:

Five Tests                                                                              25%

Oral Exam (administered individually)                               5%

Final Exam                                                                            15%

Five Compositions (three with re-write)                                               12%

Three Skits (presented in groups)                                                              9%

Digital Story (digital story video presented in groups,

written --5%-- & oral --5%-- components)                                  10%

Online Workbook                                                                10%

Class Participation                                                               14%

 

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36185 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM BEN 1.108

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36060 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM MEZ 1.216

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 328. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 328.

ITL N601C • Beginning Italian

83355 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTH 8:30AM-11:00AM WEL 3.266

ITL N601 C – Summer 2016 – Summer Language Institute

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Instructor: Carlos Capra

In residence TA: Beatrice Mabrey

 

TEXTBOOKS:

Required: Aski, Musumeci – Avanti! Second edition with Quia online Workbook/Lab Manual

Required: Adorni- English Grammar for Students of Italian (to be purchased separately)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

In ITL 601 C, students will study eleven of the sixteen chapters of the textbook Avanti!, do the exercises on the online workbook that accompanies Avanti! and read English Grammar for Students of Italian as a grammar reference, at home and, time permitting, inclass.

 

By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

be able to carry on a conversation in Italian and perform in skits with good

   pronunciation, using all the verbal tenses and moods learned in ITL 601 C;

possess a sizeable vocabulary;

be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

read short essays.

 

Class time will be spent primarily in developing the ability to speak and understand the target language; in-class group activities will be largely used and students will be active participants in the learning process. Students will keep a portfolio containing all their weekly writing activities. Since class time must be devoted to practicing the Italian language, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day; the in residence TA will assist students with their homework and with tutoring.

 

GRADING:

(1) Four Chapter Tests                                                                                20%

(2) Final Exam                                                                                               15%

(3) Portfolio weekly activities and 2 compositions                                 20%    

(4) Oral performance

--General class performance 5%, Skits 10%, Oral Exam 10%--              25%    

(5) Attendance, Class Participation                                                           10%

(6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                           10%

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  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531