The Department of French and Italian

Valerio Rossi


M. A. in Geography, Università degli Studi di Milano & Università degli Studi di Genova; B.A. in History, Università degli Studi di Milano

Assistant Instructor
Valerio Rossi

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Interests


19th century Italian and European Literature, Comparative literature, Visual culture, Aesthetics, Picturesque, Travel Literature, Orientalism, Space and Landscape

Courses


ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian-Wb

35905 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM
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ITL 611C - INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN                                                                     FALL 2020

Multi-section course                                                                                            BENVENUTE/I!

 

Unique Number: 35905                                Schedule: MWF 12:00AM-2:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Valerio Rossi                           Pronouns: He/him/his.

 valerio.rossi@utexas.edu

Office Hours: online- by appointment only (please allow 24 hours for scheduling)

ITL 611 Supervisor & Language Coordinator:
Amanda Bush, PhD., amanda.bush@utexas.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TEXTBOOK:

Melucci, Tognozzi. Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian, 2nd edition (with access code to MindTap).

Nanni Tate, Paola. Italian Verb Drills, any edition. 

 

Recommended:

Adorni, Primorac. English Grammar for Students of Italian, 2nd edition.

www.wordreference.com (free online dictionary)
www.forvo.com (pronunciation dictionary)

ITL 611C carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase students’ familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. Students should therefore expect a substantial portion of the grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.


Course objectives:

In ITL 611C, we will cover five chapters (Ch. 6-10) of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform MindTap.

By the end of ITL 611C, you 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

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.

100-93 A        92-90 A-                    

89-87 B+        86-83 B          82-80 B-

79-77 C+        76-73 C           72-70 C-

69-67 D+        66-63 D          62-60 D-         0-59 F

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

 

 

 

To advance to ITL 320, you must receive a minimum grade of 73%. As per standard practice, grades with a decimal point will be round up if over .5. Grades will never be rounded down; grades inferior to 73% will not be rounded.

GRADING:

 

Participation & Oral Performance               10%

Talk Abroad & Follow Up (4 conv.)             20%

MindTap Homework                                     10%

4 Tests (7% ea.)                                            24%
4 Quizzes (2.5% ea.)                                      10%   

3 Online Compositions (4% ea.)                  12%

Oral exam                                                          4%   

Final Presentation                                            4%

Final Test                                                          6% (facoltativo)

 

 

 

             

LOGISTICS

In ITL 611 C, you pick up where you left off at the end of ITL 601C and study chapters 6-10 of the textbook Piazza, do the exercises on the online platform that accompanies Piazza (MindTap).

 

 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is required and expected. This includes being ON TIME for class and staying for its entire duration. You will earn no credit by simply attending; however, since attendance is critical, you will lose points for not being in class. You have 3 NO-QUESTIONS-ASKED ABSENCES allowed. All absences count, even if documentation is presented. Starting from the 4th, every absence will cause you to lose 1% of the final grade (up to 10% maximum deduction). TWO TARDIES (defined as late arrivals or early departures) WILL BE COUNTED AS ONE ABSENCE.

 

PARTICIPATION AND ORAL PERFORMANCE: Quality participation is what will earn 10% of the final grade. The success of this course relies heavily on a learning environment that is welcoming to all people. Each one of us will work hard to establish a strong sense of community based upon respect, collaboration, and freedom of opinion and expression. You are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior such as cell phone use, eating, tardiness, sleeping, bullying or harassment shall result, minimally, in a recorded absence and/or a request to leave class. Your participation will be evaluated by how well you participate in class and in online discussion groups on Canvas. Each student will participate in leading a review session for before tests will count towards participation.


ONLINE HOMEWORK: (MindTap):
MindTap is a personal learning environment that contains Activities (Readings, Assignments, Apps, etc.). Homework will be assigned on daily basis. Please realize that there is substantial homework assigned for MOST DAYS as indicated on the online calendar.
 If you feel that your schedule cannot sustain this kind of dedication, you should reconsider taking this course at this time. To register, please read carefully the “Registration Instructions” provided by your instructor on Canvas.

TALK ABROAD: Talk Abroad –Online Platform.  Starting in September, you will conduct four 15 min. conversations and one 30 min. conversation in Italian with Italian native speakers. Please carefully read the student manual and pay attention to instructions given in class. Prior to the conversations, your instructor will assign the topic; after each conversation, you will give a brief oral presentation of 3 min. (rapporto orale) in class and interact with other students based on the presentations. The fifth conversation of 30 minutes will be the main source for the final project. Evaluation criteria: Rapporto orale -1. Pronunciation 20/50, 2. Skills in communication and synthesis of the main ideas 20/50, 3. Clarity 10/50

FINAL TEST: The final test will primarily be based on Chapter 10 structures and materials but will also include the most important structures from ITL 611. These include passato prossimo vs. imperfetto; pronomi doppi, l’imperativo and others. The final test, which will take place during the final exam period, will be an optional assessment that will only improve your grade. All students are encouraged to participate.


TESTS:
There will be four tests, covering Chapters 6 to 9 of Piazza, as indicated on the syllabus. Exercises in the tests are based on listening and comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, reading and comprehension. Please note exam dates indicated on the syllabus, as there are no make-ups. In the rare event of an ”urgent and substantiated” cause for missing an exam, students are expected to contact their instructor via e-mail prior to the scheduled exam. Any such exception MUST be supported by documentation that can and will be validated.

 

QUIZZES: There are four quizzes that cover the first vocabulary list and first two structures of Piazza Chapters 6-9.

 

ONLINE COMPOSITIONS: You will write a total of TWO compositions at home. Your instructor will give the topic of each composition, they will involve using social media as a starting point for a writing exercise to be completed on Canvas. These will be timed exercises to be completed WITHOUT the assistance of outside material. Any suspicions of instances of academic dishonesty will result in a zero on the assignment. It is important to note that as instructors of Italian in the digital age, we are very aware of each student’s level and immediately recognize when a student has used outside sources. Please respect the time, energy, and resources that have allowed you to advance to ITL 611 and by working through your challenges. You have the tools you need to succeed within you, if you feel otherwise please return to the section on “Online Homework” and read it again carefully. Evaluation criteria: 1. Proper use of grammar 20/50; 2.  Proper use of a varied vocabulary 15/50; 3. Creativity 10/50; 4. Spelling 5/50.

FINAL PRESENTATION: In the final week of the session, you will be required to prepare a group or individual presentation or video based on final conversations on Talk Abroad. Final presentations will be evaluated on an individual basis; further instructions will be provided. Evaluation criteria: 1. Research accuracy and depth of research 15/50; 2. Use of varied and topic appropriate vocabulary 15/50; 3. Use of varied and appropriate grammatical structures 10/50; 4. Creativity and visual aids 5/50, 5. Pronunciation 5/50.

 

ORAL EXAM: Towards the end of the semester, you will have a conversation in Italian of around 5-6 minutes outside of class with your instructor. A list of possible questions and topics for conversation will be discussed amply and practiced in class before the exam.

 

EXTRA CREDIT?: Yes! You will have the opportunity to receive an extra 2% on each test (tests only) by attending virtual ‘Watch Parties’ with the Cineforum Italiano and writing a personal reaction to the film. Each test will also have bonus questions based on regional cultures, allowing you to receive a potential 3% extra on each test. 

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REQUIRED UT NOTICES AND POLICIES THAT APPLY TO THIS COURSE:

University of Texas Honor Code:

The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community. http://registrar.utexas.edu/catalogs/gi09-10/ch01/

Documented Disability Statement:

The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Students are required to speak to the instructor about the accommodations for the class. For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at 471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644 (video phone) or http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/

Use of E-Mail for Official Correspondence to Students:

E-mail is recognized as an official mode of university correspondence; therefore, you are responsible for reading your e-mail for university and course-related information and announcements. You are responsible to keep the university informed about changes to your e-mail address. You should check your e-mail regularly and frequently - at least once a day - to stay current with university-related communications, some of which may be time-critical. You can find UT Austin’s policies and instructions for updating your e-mail address at http://www.utexas.edu/its/policies/emailnotify.php

Religious Holy Days:

By UT Austin policy, you must notify your instructor of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL):

If you are worried about someone who is acting differently, you may use the Behavior Concerns Advice Line to discuss by phone your concerns about another individual’s behavior. This service is provided through a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Call 512-232-5050 or visit http://www.utexas.edu/safety/bcal

Sharing of Course Materials is Prohibited: No materials used in this class, including, but not limited to, lecture hand-outs, videos, assessments (quizzes, exams, papers, projects, homework assignments), in-class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets, may be shared online or with anyone outside of the class unless you have my explicit, written permission. Unauthorized sharing of materials promotes cheating. It is a violation of the University’s Student Honor Code and an act of academic dishonesty. I am well aware of the sites used for sharing materials, and any materials found online that are associated with you, or any suspected unauthorized sharing of materials, will be reported to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students. These reports can result in sanctions, including failure in the course. 

FERPA and Class Recordings

Class Recordings: Class recordings are reserved only for students in this class for educational purposes and are protected under FERPA. The recordings should not be shared outside the class in any form. Violation of this restriction by a student could lead to Student Misconduct proceedings.

COVID Guidance: Even though ITL611 is a fully online course, all students should follow University Guidance regarding COVID-19 for the safety of the UT community.

COVID Caveats: To help keep everyone at UT and in our community safe, it is critical that students report COVID-19 symptoms and testing, regardless of test results, to University Health Services, and faculty and staff report to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program (OHP) as soon as possible. Please see this link to understand what needs to be reported.  In addition, to help understand what to do if a fellow student in the class (or the instructor or TA) tests positive for COVID, see this University Health Services link.

Scholastic Dishonesty:

Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but it is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records. Google-translate and outside proofing for assignments may also count as academic dishonesty. Should you have any doubts, please ask your instructor.
For further information, please visit http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/scholdis.php

Resources for Learning & Life at UT Austin:

The University of Texas has numerous resources to provide students with assistance and support. Here are some:

 

The UT Learning Center: http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/

University Writing Center: http://uwc.utexas.edu/

Counseling & Mental Health Center: http://cmhc.utexas.edu/

Career Exploration Center: http://www.utexas.edu/student/careercenter/

Student Emergency Services: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/emergency/

The Sanger Learning Center. Did you know that more than one-third of UT undergraduate students use the Sanger Learning Center each year to improve their academic performance? All students are welcome to take advantage of Sanger Center’s classes and workshops, private learning specialist appointments, peer academic coaching, and tutoring for more than 70 courses in 15 different subject areas. For more information, please visit  http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/slc or call 512-471-3614 (JES A332).

ITS. Need help with technology? http://www.utexas.edu/its/

Libraries. Need help searching for information? http://www.lib.utexas.edu/

Canvas. Canvas help is available 24/7 at https://utexas.instructure.com/courses/633028/pages/student-tutorials

 

 

Q drop Policy:

The State of Texas has enacted a law that limits the number of course drops for academic reasons to six (6). As stated in Senate Bill 1231:

“Beginning with the fall 2007 academic term, an institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student a total of more than six dropped courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education, unless the student shows good cause for dropping more than that number.”

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Tentative Schedule

* To effectively participate in class, students must prepare each activity assigned for a given grammatical structure before coming to class. I.e.; if on Monday we’re studying Chapter 6, Structure 1 in class, you will complete MindTap homework relating to this structure before class and come prepared to ask questions and do in-class activities regarding said structure.

** This schedule is tentative and the content of the day may vary. Rest assured that dates of tests or assignments will not change.

Due Date and Assignment (Module)

In-Class Content

Settimana 1

 

Mercoledì 26 agosto

ITL 601 Grammar Review

Venerdì 28 agosto 

ITL 601 Grammar Review

 

 

Settimana 2

 

Lunedì 31 agosto

Capitolo 6- Cultura: La Toscana

Mercoledì 2 settembre

6.1-L’imperfetto

*MindTap Homework due daily from this date forward

Venerdì 4 settembre

6.2-L’imperfetto e il passato prossimo

 

 

Settimana 3

 

Lunedì 7 settembre

FESTA DEL LAVORO/ LABOR DAY

Mercoledì, 9 settembre

Quiz 1

6.3- Gli avverbi

 

Venerdì 11 settembre

6.4- I pronomi di oggetto indiretto

 

 

 

Settimana 4

 

Lunedì 14 settembre

 

Talk Abroad 1 [conversation before class]

Student-led review & group work

 

Mercoledì 16 settembre

Esame 1

Venerdì 18 settembre

Capitolo 7 Cultura: L’Emilia-Romagna

 

 

Settimana 5

 

Lunedì 21 settembre

7.1: I partitivi

Mercoledì 23 settembre

7.2: Piacere (presente e passato)

Venerdi 25 settembre

Quiz 2 & Lettura

 

 

Composizione #1 due by Sunday at midnight.

Settimana 6

 

Lunedì 28 settembre

7.3 Ci e ne

Mercoledì 30 settembre

7.4 Il trapassato prossimo

Venerdì 2 ottobre

Talk Abroad 2 [conversation before class]

Student-led review & group work

 

 

 

Settimana 7

 

Lunedì 5 ottobre

Esame 2

Mercoledì 7 ottobre

Cultura capitolo 8: La Sicilia e la Sardegna *Mid-session check-ins: Surveys and Individual Office Hours

Venerdì 9 ottobre

8.1: Il si impersonale

 

 

Settimana 8

 

Lunedì 12 ottobre

8.2: Il futuro

Mercoledì 14 ottobre

Quiz 3 & Lettura

Venerdi 16 ottobre

8.3: I pronomi doppi

 

 

Settimana 9

 

Lunedì 19 ottobre

8.4: I pronomi relativi

Mercoledì 21 ottobre

Talk Abroad 3[conversazione prima della lezione] e attività

Venerdì 23 ottobre

Student led review + Group work

 

 

Settimana 10

 

Lunedì 26 ottobre

Esame 3

 

Mercoledì 28 ottobre

Capitolo 9 cultura: Il Trentino Alto-Adige e il Friuli-Venezia Giulia

9.1: L’imperativo

Venerdì 30 ottobre

9.2: L’imperativo con pronomi

 

Composizione #2 due by Sunday at midnight.

Settimana 11

 

Lunedì 2 novembre

Quiz 4 & Lettura

Mercoledì 4 novembre

9.3: Le espressioni indefinite e negative

Venerdì 6 novembre

9.4: Il modo progressivo

 

 

Settimana 12

 

Lunedì 9 novembre

Talk Abroad 4 [conversazione prima della lezione]

Student led review + Group work

Mercoledì 11 novembre

Esame 4

Venerdì 15 novembre

Capitolo 10 Cultura: La Calabria e la Basilicata

10.1: Il condizionale semplice

 

 

 

Settimana 13

 

Lunedì 16 novembre

10.2 Il condizionale passato

Group formation for final presentation

Mercoledì 18 novembre

10.3 Pronomi tonici Ripasso- Capitolo 10

Venerdì 20 novembre

10.4 Comparativi

 

 

Settimana 14

 

Lunedì 23 novembre

Esami Orali Singolarmente

 

Mercoledì 25 novembre

FESTA DI RINGRAZIAMENTO

Venerdì 27 novembre

FESTA DI RINGRAZIAMENTO

 

 

Settimana 15

*regular attendance will not be taken after Thanksgiving

Lunedì 30 novembre

Project work

Mercoledì 2 dicembre

Project work

 

Venerdì 4 dicembre

Project work

 

 

 

 

Settimana 16

 

Lunedì 7 dicembre

Final Projects Due [based on Talk Abroad 5]

Final review

 

 

December 10-12, 14-16;

Thursday-Saturday, Monday-Wednesday 

Fall semester final examinations.

Plan on having internet access during these dates.

 

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36445 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM CAL 200

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 601C • Beginning Italian

35950 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM PAR 306

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.

 

 

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