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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36665 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.106
BEN 1.106

Course Description

ITL 612 and ITL 312L may NOT both be counted.

In the first-year course(s) students were introduced to most of the basic grammatical structures of the Italian language and acquired a limited, basic vocabulary with limited time available for speaking practice. In the second-year course, students begin moving toward fluency in Italian by focusing on seven major communicative functions: describing, comparing, reacting and recommending, narrating in the past, expressing likes and dislikes, hypothesizing and talking about the future. Grammar from the first-year courses is reviewed, and new grammar points are presented, always with the intention of developing and strengthening students' abilities to use these seven communicative functions. A wide range of cultural topics is explored in the second-year course, as each chapter of our text focuses on a different region of Italy. Since the focus of this course is on developing the skills necessary to carry out the seven major communicative functions, students will study and review grammar rules, explanations and verb conjugations outside of class so that valuable class time can be devoted to speaking.

Grading Policy

Grade is calculated with a possible total of 100 points as follows:
Quizzes (best 10 out of 13) = 15 pts
Componimenti (Compositions)= 15 pts
Tests (Chapters 1 through 5)= 15 pts
Attendance & Participation= 15 pts
Homework Assignments= 10 pts
Oral interview= 5 pts
Listening Comprehension Exam = 5 pts
Final Examination= 20 pts


REQUIRED: Olson, Edwards, Foerster, In viaggio, 1st Edition, 2003, MCG, ISBN: 0-07-240264-4 Olson, Edwards. Workbook/Lab Manual to Accompany In viaggio Part A, 1st Edition, 2003, MCG, ISBN: 0-07-241474-X Olson, Edwards. Workbook/Lab Manual to Accompany In viaggio Part B, 1st Edition, 2003, MCG, ISBN: 0-07-286699-3 Germano. Schaum's Outline of Italian Grammar, 2nd Edition, 1995, MCG, ISBN: 0-07-023033-1


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