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Matthew Rabatin

Assistant Instructor Master of Arts, University of Pittsburgh

2013-2014 Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Fellow and OGS/CoLA Teaching Fellow
Matthew Rabatin

Contact

  • Office: HRH 4.158
  • Office Hours: Tues 2:00-3:00; Wed 11:30-12:30, or by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Biography

I joined the department of French and Italian at the University of Texas in 2009 as a member of the PhD in Italian Studies inaugural class. Before moving to Austin, I called the city of Pittsburgh my home. There, in the city of three rivers, I completed both my BA and MA degrees in Italian language and literature at the University of Pittsburgh. I also participated in two study abroad programs at the British Institute in Florence as well as the Università Cattolica di Milano. During my two years of Masters-level coursework (2007-2009), I intensively studied 20th century literature focusing on the construction of masculine and feminine identities in Sicilian literature which I have continued to research in recent courses. I have taught Italian language courses at every level, including serving as the on-site language instructor for Intensive Second Year Italian in UT's Rome Study Program in the summer of 2011. I am in my fourth year in UT's PhD program in Italian Studies as a Continuing Dissertation Fellow. 

Interests

20th century and Contemporary Italian literature, Literature of the Resistance, Literary theory, Sicilian literature, Italian cinema, Queer Theory

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37205 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm CAL 22
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ITL 611 C                  COURSE DESCRIPTION              Multi-section course

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

Aski, Musumeci. Avanti! Beginning Italian, 3rd Edition

Includes Avanti, 3/e Loose-Leaf (same as ITL 601C’s)

CONNECT PLUS ITALIAN LEARNSMART (with WBLM) ACCESS CARD FOR AVANTI! 3/e (same as ITL 601C’s)

Adorni. English Grammar for Students of Italian (same as ITL 601C’s)

Packet of Xerox-copied material-University Coop (new)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

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 (with at least a C); 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.

 

LOGISTICS:

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! (Connect and LearnSmart) 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 ITAL (Packet): each module consists of several videos that we will use to enhance listening, speaking, and writing skills and expand knowledge of Italian culture;

-           Readings (Packet) to improve reading skills. Toward the end of the semester, students will work on an additional reading that the instructor will make available to them in Blackboard or Canvas. In the Packet, students will also find additional exercises on the grammatical structures presented in the textbook Avanti!

 

GRADING:

Five Tests                                                                                     25%

Oral Exam (administered individually)                                                  5%

Final Exam                                                                                    15%

Five Compositions (three with re-write)                                                12%

Three Skits (presented in groups)                                                         9%

Mega Skit (digital story presented in groups,

written & oral components)                                                                10%

Online Workbook                                                                             10%

Class Participation                                                                            14%

 

Supervisor ITL 611 C: Antonella D. Olson     adolson@austin.utexas.edu

Department of French and Italian

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/frenchitalian/undergraduate_italian/

 

 

ITL N601C • Beginning Italian

84010 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTH 830am-1100am MEZ 2.118
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ITL N601 C – Summer 2012 – Summer Language Institute

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Instructor: Carlos Capra

In residence TA: Beatrice Mabrey

 

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)

 

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, time permitting, in class.

 

By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

be able to carry on a conversation in Italian and perform in skits 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;

write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

read short essays.

 

Class time will be spent primarily in developing the ability to speak and understand the target language; in-class group activities will be largely used and students will be active participants in the learning process. Students will keep a portfolio containing all their weekly writing activities. Since class time must be devoted to practicing the Italian language, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day; the in residence TA will assist students with their homework and with tutoring.

 

GRADING:

(1) Four Chapter Tests                                                                                20%

(2) Final Exam                                                                                               15%

(3) Portfolio weekly activities and 2 compositions                                 20%    

(4) Oral performance

--General class performance 5%, Skits 10%, Oral Exam 10%--              25%    

(5) Attendance, Class Participation                                                           10%

(6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                           10%

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

37435 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.210
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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 N601C • Beginning Italian

84480 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1200pm ETC 2.132
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ITL N601 C – Summer 2012 – Summer Language Institute

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Instructor: Carlos Capra

In residence TA: Beatrice Mabrey

 

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)

 

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, time permitting, in class.

 

By the end of ITL 601 C, students will:

be able to carry on a conversation in Italian and perform in skits 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;

write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

read short essays.

 

Class time will be spent primarily in developing the ability to speak and understand the target language; in-class group activities will be largely used and students will be active participants in the learning process. Students will keep a portfolio containing all their weekly writing activities. Since class time must be devoted to practicing the Italian language, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day; the in residence TA will assist students with their homework and with tutoring.

 

GRADING:

(1) Four Chapter Tests                                                                                20%

(2) Final Exam                                                                                               15%

(3) Portfolio weekly activities and 2 compositions                                 20%    

(4) Oral performance

--General class performance 5%, Skits 10%, Oral Exam 10%--              25%    

(5) Attendance, Class Participation                                                           10%

(6) Online Workbook/Lab Manual                                                           10%

ITL 612 • Accelerated Second-Yr Italian

37000 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 800am-900am BEN 1.102
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Prerequisite: Italian 507 with a grade of at least C.

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000149 EndHTML:0000000788 StartFragment:0000000199 EndFragment:0000000754 StartSelection:0000000199 EndSelection:0000000754 ITL 612: Accelerated Second-Year Italian Language and Culture. This is a four-skills course (reading, writing, listening, speaking) in which the focus is on moving toward fluency while honing skills in seven main communicative functions and exploring various cultural topics. In addition to written compositions and the reading of authentic Italian literary texts, classroom activity focuses heavily on conversation in Italian, improvised on some topics and prepared in advance on others.

ITL 507 • First-Yr Itl II: Lang And Cul

36910 • Fall 2011
Meets MTWTHF 400pm-500pm MEZ 2.102
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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!

ITL 506 • First-Yr Itl I: Lang And Cul

36715 • Fall 2010
Meets MTWTH 400pm-515pm BEN 1.108
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Semester Fall 2010  

 

ITL 506  - Title FIRST-YEAR ITALIAN II: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

 

Substantial Writing Component: No

Unique 39195-39250 (I think this is wrong) Multiple Sections: Yes

Prerequisites: None

 

Course Description

Grounding in the basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In the first year of Italian, students will learn much of the basic grammar structures of the Italian language. By the end of ITL 506, we expect students to be able to carry on a basic conversation in Italian with good pronunciation and correct use of the grammar learned and to be able to discuss aspects of Italian culture that will have been covered in class.

 

ITL 604 and 506 may not both be counted. ITL 604 and 507 may not both be counted

 

Texts

 

Adorni, English Grammar for Students of Italian, 2nd Edition, 1995, OLIVI, ISBN: 0-934034-20-6, required (Grammar reference for students to be used at home)

 

Aski, Musumeci, Avanti! Beginning Italian, 2nd Edition, 2010,

ISBN: 0078078032/ 9780078078033 Package includes: Aski, Musumeci, Avanti! Beginning Italian, 2nd edition, 2010 text with quia online workbook/lab manual and the free Zanichelli Super-Mini Italian and English Dictionary.

 

 

Other Information

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/frenchitalian/undergraduate_italian/

ITL 312L • Second-Year Italian II

84070 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm BEN 1.102
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Second Summer Session

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