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Beatrice Giuseppina Mabrey

Master of Arts in Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student
Beatrice Giuseppina Mabrey

Contact

  • Office: HRH 4.174
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:45-3:45 Wed 1:30-2:30
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Biography

During my time at Tulane University (from 2005-2009) I pursued a bachelor's degree in Italian, English and Anthropology. I was also given the opportunity to spend a year in Florence where I studied at the Universita di Firenze. Enamored with contemporary Italian literature, I applied to the Italian Studies program here at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 in order to continue my studies. I completed my master's degree in the spring of 2011 and have since started work on fulfilling the requirements for a PhD.

Interests

Contemporary Italian Literature

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37535 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm BEN 1.108
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ITL 611 C – Spring 2014     COURSE DESCRIPTION

Multi-section course

Supervisor: Antonella Del Fattore-Olson, adolson@austin.utexas.edu

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

Aski, Musumeci Avanti! Beginning Italian, 3

Includes Avanti, 3/e Loose-Leaf

CONNECT PLUS ITALIAN LEARNSMART (with WBLM) ACCESS CARD FOR AVANTI 3/e

Adorni. English Grammar for Students of Italian (to be purchased separately)

Packet of Xerox-copied material-University Coop

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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 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, if possible, in class. In addition, ITL 611C makes use of other resources:

-           The online Italian grammar and culture podcasts of Radio Arlecchino, which will deepen students’ understanding of several of the more difficult grammar points that we will cover in the course;

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

-           Short readings to improve reading skills.

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; 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.

 

 

 

GRADING

Five Tests                                                                                           25%

Oral Exam (administered individually)                                                        5%

Final Exam                                                                                          15%

Five Compositions (four with re-write)                                                       15%

Five Skits (presented in groups)                                                               15%

Mega Skit (digital story presented in groups)                                               5%

Online Workbook                                                                                  10%

Class Participation                                                                                 10%

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

37395 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm PAR 101
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ITL 601 C – Italian Language and Culture                                                         Spring 2014

                          Multi-section course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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)

 

Please watch this video with (sweet) study tips for ITL 601 C:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92rgJq09o-g 

 

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, if possible, in class.  

By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

 

  • be able to carry on a conversation in Italian 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;
  • read short essays;
  • write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

 

Class time will be primarily developing the ability to speak and understand the target language and group activities will be largely used; students will be active participants in the learning process. Since class time must be devoting to practicing the Italian language, 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. This course is for beginner students of Italian; if you have been already exposed to the Italian language, you should take a placement test in accordance with the UT policies on academic dishonesty.

 

GRADING:

 

(1)    Four Chapter Tests                                                                                     20%

(2)    Final Exam                                                                                                   20%  

(3)    Portfolio: Compositions, written first draft oral report,

         dialogues, weekly activities and projects                                                25%

(4)    Oral Report on Italian Culture                                                                 10%

(5)    Attendance, Class Participation,

         General Oral Performance, Skits                                                              15%                                                                                

(6)    Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                               10%

 

 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION / COURSE REQUIREMENTS IN DETAIL:

 

(1) Four Tests on grammar and vocabulary- There will be four chapter tests during

the semester, one every two chapters. All will have listening comprehension and written exercises.

 

(2) Final Exam- The final exam will be comprehensive with focus on the vocabulary

and grammatical structured presented in the last three chapters. The final exam will

test students’ reading, writing, and listening skills in addition to vocabulary and grammar.

 

(3) Portfolio- It will contain the following:

Four Compositions: There will be a total of 4 compositions: three will be written at

home - one of which will be revised-  and the last one will be written in class.

Composition # 3 will be revised: students will have the opportunity to make

corrections according to the instructor’s indications on the first draft; the average of the

grade received on the first draft and the grade received on the last version will be the

final grade for Composition # 3.

The topic of the last three compositions will generate from songs chosen by the

instructor or the students; the lyrics of the song, as well as a video, for the last composition (#4)

will be presented in class by the instructor one day prior to the day on which it will

be written in class .

Written first draft of the oral report on culture (see Oral Report on Italian Culture)

Dialogues: Students will write every week short dialogues focusing on the new vocabulary and grammatical structures and will collaborate with classmates in writing them. Some of them, the longer skits, will be presented in class.

Activities/Projects: During the semester, the instructor will give information about activities/projects that students must include in their portfolio on a weekly base.

 

(4) Oral Report on Italian Culture: Students, divided in groups, will present to the class an oral report: its topics will be chosen among the many cultural notes presented by the first 11 chapters of the textbook Avanti! and presented to the class as a slideshow or through visual aids. Prior to the presentation in class, students will research on the chosen topics, work outside of class with their classmates in the group, and write a first draft.

Each group will show the instructor a first written version of the report’s script three days prior to the class presentation; the instructor will correct it and give it a cumulative grade that will be counted in the Portfolio component.

Each student in the group will receive an individual grade for the presentation, which will be based mainly on pronunciation and content, but also on accuracy in the grammar and use of proper vocabulary.

Each student is expected to speak for about five minutes.

 

 

(5) Attendance, Class Participation, General Oral Performance, and Skits:

Regular classroom attendance is essential to your success in learning Italian.

There are six (6) allowed absences, excused or unexcused.  Starting with the seventh (7th) absence the final grade will be lowered by 1% for each absence (up to 10%).

 

Class participation: daily preparation is also crucial in learning Italian; class participation is evaluated not only by regular classroom attendance, but alsoby the quality of each student’s participation, group activities, and contribution to the lesson. Therefore, it’s also imperative that students prepare daily for class by memorizing vocabulary, studying grammatical structures, and doing all the assigned online homework. A weekly grade based upon the student’ participation will be given and its average will represent 5% of the final grade in the course.

 

General Oral Performance: student’s daily performance in class; conversation, homework, dialogues, and group activities. A weekly grade based upon students’ pronunciation, fluency, accuracy in grammar, and comprehension will be given and its average will represent 5% of the final grade in the course.

 

Skits: Beside their daily performance in class, students will receive a grade (5% of final grade) for writing and acting out in class at least three skits throughout the semester.

Skits’ description: Each chapter of the textbook Avanti! ends with a list of the lexicon utilized in the chapter. At the beginning of Week 2, the instructor will divide the class in groups --from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 people-- and write out a calendar for every day of the week: each group will present in class and act out a brief dialogue that includes as many new words from the final chapter’s list as possible. As we move forward in the book, the length of the dialogue will increase: for example, if in Chapter 2 each student deliver five lines, in the last one, Chapter 11 each student will deliver fifteen or more.

Students will be entirely responsible for the preparation of these dialogues outside of class, utilizing the instructor’s office hours and entering the written dialogue in the portfolio. For the first dialogue, instructors will assist the students in class.

By the end of the semester, each group will have delivered at least three dialogues.

The instructor will assign a grade for each dialogue; the cumulative average will also constitute one of the grades in the class participation and in the general oral performance components.

 

 (6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Students should expect to spend at least two hours

daily on homework and class preparation.

 

At home, students will study the assigned pages on the textbook Avanti! prior to class,

read carefully the pertinent grammatical explanations presented by English Grammar

for Students of Italian and complete the Quia online Workbook/Lab Manual* for Avanti!

that offers self-correcting exercises and an audio program.

            *Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Centro website www.mhcentro.com

Students are expected to complete the online workbook/laboratory manual exercises that pertain to the material covered in class on a daily basis. (Hint: Technology may fail you at the most inappropriate time, so do not wait the last minute to do your homework!)

You can access the activities on the Avanti! Centro website www.mhcentro.com and log in with the ID which you purchased with the textbook package in the bookstore, or directly from CENTRO online. This is the least expensive way to purchase the online workbook/lab manual. The URL is: www.mhcentro.com/books/bookstore.html.

 

 

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37110 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 800am-900am BEN 1.108
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ITL 611 C – Spring 2014     COURSE DESCRIPTION

Multi-section course

Supervisor: Antonella Del Fattore-Olson, adolson@austin.utexas.edu

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

Aski, Musumeci Avanti! Beginning Italian, 3

Includes Avanti, 3/e Loose-Leaf

CONNECT PLUS ITALIAN LEARNSMART (with WBLM) ACCESS CARD FOR AVANTI 3/e

Adorni. English Grammar for Students of Italian (to be purchased separately)

Packet of Xerox-copied material-University Coop

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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 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, if possible, in class. In addition, ITL 611C makes use of other resources:

-           The online Italian grammar and culture podcasts of Radio Arlecchino, which will deepen students’ understanding of several of the more difficult grammar points that we will cover in the course;

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

-           Short readings to improve reading skills.

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; 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.

 

 

 

GRADING

Five Tests                                                                                           25%

Oral Exam (administered individually)                                                        5%

Final Exam                                                                                          15%

Five Compositions (four with re-write)                                                       15%

Five Skits (presented in groups)                                                               15%

Mega Skit (digital story presented in groups)                                               5%

Online Workbook                                                                                  10%

Class Participation                                                                                 10%

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37060 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 800am-900am JES A207A
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ITL 611 C – Spring 2014     COURSE DESCRIPTION

Multi-section course

Supervisor: Antonella Del Fattore-Olson, adolson@austin.utexas.edu

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

Aski, Musumeci Avanti! Beginning Italian, 3

Includes Avanti, 3/e Loose-Leaf

CONNECT PLUS ITALIAN LEARNSMART (with WBLM) ACCESS CARD FOR AVANTI 3/e

Adorni. English Grammar for Students of Italian (to be purchased separately)

Packet of Xerox-copied material-University Coop

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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 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, if possible, in class. In addition, ITL 611C makes use of other resources:

-           The online Italian grammar and culture podcasts of Radio Arlecchino, which will deepen students’ understanding of several of the more difficult grammar points that we will cover in the course;

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

-           Short readings to improve reading skills.

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; 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.

 

 

 

GRADING

Five Tests                                                                                           25%

Oral Exam (administered individually)                                                        5%

Final Exam                                                                                          15%

Five Compositions (four with re-write)                                                       15%

Five Skits (presented in groups)                                                               15%

Mega Skit (digital story presented in groups)                                               5%

Online Workbook                                                                                  10%

Class Participation                                                                                 10%

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36945 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BEN 1.102
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ITL 601 C – Italian Language and Culture                                                         Spring 2014

                          Multi-section course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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)

 

Please watch this video with (sweet) study tips for ITL 601 C:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92rgJq09o-g 

 

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, if possible, in class.  

By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

 

  • be able to carry on a conversation in Italian 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;
  • read short essays;
  • write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

 

Class time will be primarily developing the ability to speak and understand the target language and group activities will be largely used; students will be active participants in the learning process. Since class time must be devoting to practicing the Italian language, 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. This course is for beginner students of Italian; if you have been already exposed to the Italian language, you should take a placement test in accordance with the UT policies on academic dishonesty.

 

GRADING:

 

(1)    Four Chapter Tests                                                                                     20%

(2)    Final Exam                                                                                                   20%  

(3)    Portfolio: Compositions, written first draft oral report,

         dialogues, weekly activities and projects                                                25%

(4)    Oral Report on Italian Culture                                                                 10%

(5)    Attendance, Class Participation,

         General Oral Performance, Skits                                                              15%                                                                                

(6)    Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                               10%

 

 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION / COURSE REQUIREMENTS IN DETAIL:

 

(1) Four Tests on grammar and vocabulary- There will be four chapter tests during

the semester, one every two chapters. All will have listening comprehension and written exercises.

 

(2) Final Exam- The final exam will be comprehensive with focus on the vocabulary

and grammatical structured presented in the last three chapters. The final exam will

test students’ reading, writing, and listening skills in addition to vocabulary and grammar.

 

(3) Portfolio- It will contain the following:

Four Compositions: There will be a total of 4 compositions: three will be written at

home - one of which will be revised-  and the last one will be written in class.

Composition # 3 will be revised: students will have the opportunity to make

corrections according to the instructor’s indications on the first draft; the average of the

grade received on the first draft and the grade received on the last version will be the

final grade for Composition # 3.

The topic of the last three compositions will generate from songs chosen by the

instructor or the students; the lyrics of the song, as well as a video, for the last composition (#4)

will be presented in class by the instructor one day prior to the day on which it will

be written in class .

Written first draft of the oral report on culture (see Oral Report on Italian Culture)

Dialogues: Students will write every week short dialogues focusing on the new vocabulary and grammatical structures and will collaborate with classmates in writing them. Some of them, the longer skits, will be presented in class.

Activities/Projects: During the semester, the instructor will give information about activities/projects that students must include in their portfolio on a weekly base.

 

(4) Oral Report on Italian Culture: Students, divided in groups, will present to the class an oral report: its topics will be chosen among the many cultural notes presented by the first 11 chapters of the textbook Avanti! and presented to the class as a slideshow or through visual aids. Prior to the presentation in class, students will research on the chosen topics, work outside of class with their classmates in the group, and write a first draft.

Each group will show the instructor a first written version of the report’s script three days prior to the class presentation; the instructor will correct it and give it a cumulative grade that will be counted in the Portfolio component.

Each student in the group will receive an individual grade for the presentation, which will be based mainly on pronunciation and content, but also on accuracy in the grammar and use of proper vocabulary.

Each student is expected to speak for about five minutes.

 

 

(5) Attendance, Class Participation, General Oral Performance, and Skits:

Regular classroom attendance is essential to your success in learning Italian.

There are six (6) allowed absences, excused or unexcused.  Starting with the seventh (7th) absence the final grade will be lowered by 1% for each absence (up to 10%).

 

Class participation: daily preparation is also crucial in learning Italian; class participation is evaluated not only by regular classroom attendance, but alsoby the quality of each student’s participation, group activities, and contribution to the lesson. Therefore, it’s also imperative that students prepare daily for class by memorizing vocabulary, studying grammatical structures, and doing all the assigned online homework. A weekly grade based upon the student’ participation will be given and its average will represent 5% of the final grade in the course.

 

General Oral Performance: student’s daily performance in class; conversation, homework, dialogues, and group activities. A weekly grade based upon students’ pronunciation, fluency, accuracy in grammar, and comprehension will be given and its average will represent 5% of the final grade in the course.

 

Skits: Beside their daily performance in class, students will receive a grade (5% of final grade) for writing and acting out in class at least three skits throughout the semester.

Skits’ description: Each chapter of the textbook Avanti! ends with a list of the lexicon utilized in the chapter. At the beginning of Week 2, the instructor will divide the class in groups --from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 people-- and write out a calendar for every day of the week: each group will present in class and act out a brief dialogue that includes as many new words from the final chapter’s list as possible. As we move forward in the book, the length of the dialogue will increase: for example, if in Chapter 2 each student deliver five lines, in the last one, Chapter 11 each student will deliver fifteen or more.

Students will be entirely responsible for the preparation of these dialogues outside of class, utilizing the instructor’s office hours and entering the written dialogue in the portfolio. For the first dialogue, instructors will assist the students in class.

By the end of the semester, each group will have delivered at least three dialogues.

The instructor will assign a grade for each dialogue; the cumulative average will also constitute one of the grades in the class participation and in the general oral performance components.

 

 (6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Students should expect to spend at least two hours

daily on homework and class preparation.

 

At home, students will study the assigned pages on the textbook Avanti! prior to class,

read carefully the pertinent grammatical explanations presented by English Grammar

for Students of Italian and complete the Quia online Workbook/Lab Manual* for Avanti!

that offers self-correcting exercises and an audio program.

            *Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Centro website www.mhcentro.com

Students are expected to complete the online workbook/laboratory manual exercises that pertain to the material covered in class on a daily basis. (Hint: Technology may fail you at the most inappropriate time, so do not wait the last minute to do your homework!)

You can access the activities on the Avanti! Centro website www.mhcentro.com and log in with the ID which you purchased with the textbook package in the bookstore, or directly from CENTRO online. This is the least expensive way to purchase the online workbook/lab manual. The URL is: www.mhcentro.com/books/bookstore.html.

 

 

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36885 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 800am-900am PAR 308
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ITL 507 - COURSE DESCRIPTION

TEXTS

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

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

 

Supervisor-First Year Italian: 

Antonella D. Olson, HRH # 2.106 B,   # 471-5706/ 471-5531    ad.olson@mail.utexas.edu

Department of French and Italian http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/frenchitalian/undergraduate_italian/

 

OBJECTIVES

ITL 507 is the second semester of first year Italian - the sequence being:  a) First year: ITL 506, 507;

b) Second year: ITL 118 (can be taken twice), ITL 612.  Students need to make a C or better to enroll in ITL 612. In the first year Italian, students will learn most of the basic grammar structures of the Italian language. By the end of ITL 507, we expect students to be able to carry on a conversation in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verbal tenses and moods learned in first year Italian.  Students will posses a sizeable vocabulary and will be capable of understanding cultural topics and discussions on current issues. They will be reading short essays and will be able to write in Italian using grammatically correct prose. Class time will be primarily developing the ability to speak and understand the target language with students being active participants. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and students are required to respond and ask questions in Italian.

 

GRADING

1)             Chapter Tests (five)            30%

2)            Exam I            10%

3)            Final Exam             20%

4)            Compositions (five)            10%

5)            General Oral performance and

            Oral Exam            10%

6)            Class Participation and Attendance             10%

7)            Online Workbook/Lab Manual            10%

 

1), 2), 3) – Texts and Exams: There will be five chapter tests (chapters 9, 10, 13, 14, 15), one 65- minute exam (chapter 11 and 12) and a cumulative final exam during finals period. All tests and exams have oral and written parts.

 

4) – Compositions: Students will write a total of five compositions and will use a bluebook for all of them. Three of them will be written in class and two at home (homework). The three compositions done in class will have a re-write and the grade of each is the average of first draft and final version.

The first in class composition will be preceded by a writing group activity led by your instructor.

 

5)  - General oral performance and Oral Exam:

General Oral performance: The ability to communicate in Italian, to speak and to understand. Its evaluation will be based upon students’ oral responses in class and their ability to ask questions in Italian. Pronunciation is an important aspect of your overall oral performance.

Oral Exam: To succeed in the exam, it’s important to practice regularly in class by actively participating in group-activities as well as practicing outside of class; the online oral exercises, studying with other students of 507, attending the events offered by Circolo Italiano (Tavola and Cineclub) will help a great deal. The exams will cover all the grammatical structures and vocabulary studied before the exam’s date.

The exam will take place in class (and in the instructor’s office if more time is needed).

Each student must choose a partner; together they will write a dialogue in Italian that reflects the Italian

culture, the vocabulary and grammatical structures learned thus far; they will then present it in front of

the class. To succeed in the exam, it’s important to be able to carry on the dialogue without using

English.

Length: approx. 10 minutes per couple. Evaluation’s criteria:

Evaluation’s criteria: Pronunciation - Creativity - Vocabulary - Proper use of grammar.

 

6) - Class participation and Attendance:

Class participation: Daily preparation and regular classroom attendance are essential to your success in learning Italian.  Class participation is evaluated not only by your regular classroom attendance, but also by the quality of your participation and contribution to the lesson. A wide range of class activities will focus on Italian culture and your instructor will devote class time –ideally 50 minutes per week- to immerse students into Italian culture through songs, videos, clips from movies, group activities such as games, dialogues, improvisation, etc.

In addition, the instructor reserves the right to administer pop quizzes for class participation as needed.

Attendance: Its importance cannot be overemphasized.  Not only will your grade reflect your classroom attendance, but the quality of your learning experience as well.  It is the class that will generate the enthusiasm and support prerequisite to language learning.  Alone you may be able to master word lists and grammar rules, but only in the classroom will these abstractions become part of a living language.

You are allowed eight (8) absences (excused or unexcused) or six (6) if your class meets MTWTH. Starting with the ninth (9th) absence --or with the seventh (7th) if your class meets MTWTH-- your final grade will be lowered by 1% for each absence. For example, if your grade is 81 B- and you have 10 absences (or 8 absences if your class meets on MTWTH), your grade will be lowered by 2% and will become a 79 C+. The effect of the absences on your grade will be calculated at the end of the semester when all the grades are in, including the grade on the final exam.

 

7) - Online Workbook/Lab Manual: Centro website www.mhcentro.com

Students are expected to complete the online workbook/laboratory manual exercises that pertain to the material covered in class on a daily basis. (Hint: Technology may fail you at the most inappropriate time, so do not wait the last minute to do your homework!)

You can access the activities on the Avanti! Centro website www.mhcentro.com and log in with the ID which you purchased with the textbook package in the bookstore, or directly from CENTRO online. This is the least expensive way to purchase the online workbook/lab manual. The URL is: www.mhcentro.com/books/bookstore.html.

Students can search for the specific book, click Buy, and enter their credit card information. The appropriate book is automatically added to the student's account. Students in the UT Austin Italian program should purchase the Avanti SECOND edition online workbook/laboratory manual.

For each chapter you will complete the practice activities in the Centro online workbook (for info on how to access Centro, see below).

ONLINE WORKBOOK: Be sure to complete ALL items in ALL assigned activities to the best of your ability. After you have finished and submitted an activity, the errors will be indicated and the correct answers provided for all non-discursive items. We strongly recommend that you go over the correct answers. To access your Student Workstation in the future, go to http://www.mhcentro.com and log in. Here, you can open your book, submit activities, view your results, and view your instructor's feedback.

If you have any questions, contact Quia Centro Support at http://www.mhcentro.com/support.html

Phone: (877) 2824400, ext. 2, Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 (Pacific Standard Time, we are on Central Time!)

 

Use of BLACKBOARD in Class

In this class instructors use Blackboard—a Web-based course management system with password-protected access at http://courses.utexas.edu —to distribute course materials, to communicate and

collaborate online, and to submit assign­ments. You can find support in using Blackboard at the ITS Help Desk at 475-9400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so plan accordingly.

 

MAKE-UP POLICY

There will be NO make-ups in tests, exams, compositions or finals and no extensions for the online exercises will be given without a written doctor's excuse or a letter from the student's dean.

 

OFFICE HOURS

During the first week of classes, your instructor will announce his/her office hours.  This is a time for you to work individually with your instructor on any aspect of the material covered in class.

 

 TUTORS

 Please refer to the French and Italian Department’s web page or visit the

 French and Italian Department’s Undergraduate Office in HRH http://frit.webhost.utexas.edu/utfrit/TutorList.cfm

Be aware that tutors ARE NOT ALLOWED to do homework for you; rather, they will give you individual attention in mastering complex grammatical structures and oral skills. Moreover, if the professor deems--due to a discrepancy between your oral and written performance in class--that your homework has been done with the help of a computer-translation-program or a tutor, you will receive a 'no-grade' for that paper; the 'no-grade' will neither lower nor raise your overall grade average.

 

IL CIRCOLO ITALIANO http://sites.google.com/site/utcircoloitaliano/Home

Throughout the semester, the Italian Club shows six Italian movies and offers the Tavola, weekly meetings where students can practice Italian in an informal setting, every Friday, 4:00-5:00, at the Cactus Café (Texas Union). Additional events sponsored by the Italian Club will be announced in class.

 

ROME STUDY PROGRAM - DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH AND ITALIAN

The Rome Study Program gives students of all majors the opportunity to spend six weeks in Rome, Italy during the first summer session, earn six credit hours and visit some of the most beautiful Italian sites on weekends. Italian families host students providing an in-depth experience of Italian life-style and language. Please visit our website: http://sites.google.com/site/romestudyprogram/Home

and/or contact Program Director: Antonella D. Olson, HRH # 2.106 B,   # 471-5706/5531, ad.olson@mail.utexas.edu

                         

                                                   Auguri per un buon semestre in Italiano!

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