Italian Conversation and Composition
I. Course Prefix/Number: ITL 205
Course Name: Italian Conversation and Composition
Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
This course reinforces oral and written communication skills through a variety of speaking and essay writing activities. Content includes topics drawn from contemporary Italian life and culture.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To use spoken Italian in class discussions, debates, role playing activities.
- To develop skills in written expression by composing essays on the topics of class discussion.
- To demonstrate deepening awareness of the culture and customs of Italian-speaking people.
- To acquire and use a vocabulary base for authentic use of language in realistic situations.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|1 - 2||Introduction to course policies and procedures.
The Italian home and life at home, the new Italian family
|3||Immigration in Italy: interviews, autobiographical details, dealing with government formalities.|
|4 - 5||The role of women: past, present & future, famous Italian women|
|6||Gastronomy: historical view, food-related customs, food terminology, format for instructions, recipes.|
|7 - 8||Sports: analysis of informal speech characteristics, overview of sports in Italy, role play sketches.|
|10 - 11||Professions: colloquial expressions, interview techniques, preparing help-wanted ads.|
|12||School life: the French educational system, characteristics of student life, narrating one's experiences.|
|13 - 14||Italian cinema, history of cinema, neo-realism & newest trends|
|15||Married life: mini-dramas, debates.|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Class work is organized around the communicative functions used in a variety of speaking and writing situations. Students will engage in paired and small group activities, prepare oral reports, review and edit written work. Listening activities in and out of class will involve students in the use of authentic audio and video materials.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
This course must be taught face-to-face.
Students are expected to come to class prepared for the day's activities; complete assigned exercises and submit them on the date specified in the syllabus. Students are expected to spend two hours per week listening, viewing, and reading assigned audio-visual and authentic material and submit written or oral reports. Students in this course are required to produce at least 15 pages of critical written assignments over the course of the semester. These may be assigned in a variety of ways including essays, journals, response papers, lab or project reports, and the like the mid-term and final exams will include speaking, listening, reading, and writing components.
The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices. In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:
- Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
- Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Parola a te! (Italian conversation), Latest Edition, by Romana Capek-Habekovi and Sandra Palaich, Publisher: Heinle.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
90% - 100% = A // 80% - 89% = B // 70% - 79% = C // 60% - 69% = D // below 60% = F.
XI. Other Course Information
In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.
Heritage speakers may not take this class.
Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:
Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.