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Course Description

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A beginning course in Italian providing the fundamentals of grammar, structure and idiom. Introduction to aspects of Italian life and culture through audio-visual aids. (This course may not be taken by students who have credit for 12U Italian or equivalent.)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Recognize basic spoken Italian;
  2. Communicate in basic Italian using familiar everyday expressions related to practical needs;
  3. Introduce yourself in Italian;
  4. Interpret simple sentences and expressions  written in Italian; and
  5. Write simple sentences in Italian.

Course Topics

  • Introduction and Pronunciation
  • Nouns and articles
  • Buono e bello
  • Quanto? Quale?
  • Verbi in – are
  • Preposizioni
  • Verbi in – ere e – ire
  • Molto, poco, troppo
  • Sapere e conoscere
  • Pronomi diretti
  • Passato prossimo

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): Not available to students who have credit for 4U Italian or equivalent.


Assessment Items Weight Learning Resources
eSam Online Exercises (6 x 5%) 30% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Short Reflection (10 x 0.5%) 5% 2 and 4
Mini-Assignments (5 x 3%) 15% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Online Final Exam 50% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • TopHat is a web-based platform. Visit the Student: Quick Start Guide to complete a check that ensures your computer meets the requirements.
  • Virtual Classroom is a video conferencing tool used to facilitate synchronous virtual meetings.

Please view the Technical Considerations for each.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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