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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

This course is not intended for students with prior knowledge in Italian. Students with previous knowledge in the language must seek advice on course selection from the Head of the Italian program and might be assigned to another level of Italian.  Open Learning program students, please contact Counsellor@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca.


Assessment Items Weight Learning Resources
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
Final Exam (TopHat) 50% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Introductory Italian I
January 08, 2024 to April 08, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
The eTextbook is an exclusively digital book. It may be purchased at the publisher’s website.
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Introductory Italian I by Sandra Parmegiani © 2019 Top Hat ISBN eBook: 9781774121405 Top Hat Pro: 9780986615108
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Language Modules by Alena Barysevich © 2021 Top Hat ISBN 9781774941935
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