ITAL 101: Italian I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2024
Credits: 5
Total Contact Hours: 90
Lecture Hours : 90
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 180
Total Student Learning Hours: 270
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A course in elementary Italian grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation which focuses on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing (including spelling) simple Italian and serves as an introduction to the geography, history, and culture of the Italian-speaking world. 90 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Oral Communication
  • follow a series of basic oral instructions by responding verbally or non-verbally
  • understand a short, spoken dialogue or incident by responding to true/false, multiple-choice, or short answer assessment
  • Reading
  • demonstrate comprehension in a selection of written texts on familiar topics by responding to questions, posed in either an oral or written format
  • answer content questions by responding orally in English, or be responding to multiple choice written assessment
  • Writing
  • write a list by hearing or reading material in class
  • write well-constructed sentences about persons, objects and events based on familiar material
  • write a well-constructed paragraph of 50-60 words in length including a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion
  • A strong cultural component that includes Italian geography, Italian customs, Italian holidays, current events in Italian politics and society, Italian cooking and Italian homes and living arrangements.
  • list, name, enumerate, or identify objects, people, places, and things by replying to inquiries posed in class
  • develop a global consciousness and sense of one's place in the world community through the acquisition of Italian language skills and exposure to the cultural values, cuisine, socio-political systems, holidays and celebrations, fine and performing arts, history and civilization of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world; this will be demonstrated by participating in class discussions and answering written and/or oral questions posed by the instructor
  • accept, value, and respect linguistic, cultural, and personal similarities and differences that come to light in the course of classroom interactions and being a participant in the learning process
  • demonstrate comprehension of common rules of etiquette and other cultural practices by role-playing face-to-face interactions and simple telephone transactions, and in group discussions, prepared debates, and presentations in class
  • Technology
  • locate the websites of Italian language newspapers, museums, tourist bureaus, etc.
  • view PowerPoint presentations given by the instructor and utilize PowerPoint to give oral presentations in class
  • answer simple questions by participating in guided practice exercises in the classroom
  • use learned material in simple statements or questions by participating in collaborative group activities
  • give simple personal information such as name, place of origin, and background by engaging in oral and auditory activities in class
  • express belonging to organization, family, likes and preferences by contributing to class discussions
  • express minimal courtesies by engaging in dialogues with the instructor and fellow classmates
  • express facts and describe concrete topics such as family, clothing, weather, school subjects, food, trips and vacations, parties and holidays, hobbies and entertainment, and household chores by participating in directed and structured activities
  • Auditory Comprehension\\n

Major Course Content

  1. Alphabet sound and spelling rules
  2. Nouns: number and gender
  3. Indefinite and definite articles
  4. Adjectives: agreement, placement, and superlative
  5. Verbs: essere and avere (present tense)
  6. Idioms with essere and avere
  7. Regular verbs: -are, -ere, -ire conjugations (present tense)
  8. Irregular verbs: andare, dare, fare, stare (present tense)
  9. Interrogative words: who, what, where, how, and why
  10. Telling time and time expressions
  11. Vocabulary: months, seasons, weather, family, food, and beverages
  12. Culture: development of the Italian language, geography of Italy, Rome, the Italian family, shopping for food  and other goods in Italy, current events in Italian politics and society, the Italian educational system, Italian homes and living arrangements, geography and climate in Italy and the Italian way of life.
  13. Final exam 

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Students will be asked to read short narratives and/or simple articles.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Students will be asked to write a short narrative using a series of pictures as a guide. They will later have to read their narrative to the class and submit it for grading.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Students will be asked to watch documentaries and programs in Spanish and come to class ready to summarize what they have seen both orally and in writing.
Students will access the lab-manual software on line and complete a series of oral and listening comprehension exercises.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English