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Patrick Vilim

STB Theology, Università Gregoriana, Rome, ITALY, MA Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Patrick Vilim

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-9461
  • Office: HRH 4.182
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30-3:30, Tuesday 2:00-3:00, and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Biography

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Patrick Vilim completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He moved to Rome, Italy and graduated with an STB degree in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1994. While in Rome, he worked with the Movimento Apostolico Ciechi, an organization that advocates for and provides services to the visually impaired. When he returned to the United States, he completed a MA in Pastoral Care in 1995 at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He subsequently studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which prepared him to work in bilingual community outreach in Texas and Illinois. In 2000, he joined his brother to open a restaurant, Mirabelle, in Austin, Texas where he served as a mangaing partner for ten years. During the last five years at the restaurant, he led culinary and cultural tours in Italy through a small business he created, Mirabelle Travel. He returned to the University of Texas in 2010 to complete an undergraduate major in Italian, and began the graduate program in Italian Studies in 2011 in the Deparatment of French and Italian.  He graduated with an MA in Italian Studies in 2013 and is currently a doctoral candidate specializing in Medieval cultural & religious history.  His topic of study is focused on the influence of Francis of Assisi on Dante's Divine Comedy.  While in Austin, Patrick has volunteered with the Wright House Wellness Center and AIDS Services of Austin. He enjoys traveling, reading, and wine tasting.

Interests

Medieval Italian Cultural & Religious History, Italian Cinema, and Italian Identity & Nationalism

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

37175 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm MEZ 2.118
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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

37510 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm CLA 1.102
show description

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

37405 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 206
show description

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.

 

 

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