Beginning Italian I
I. Course Prefix/Number: ITL 101
Course Name: Beginning Italian I
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course develops basic language skills, within the context of cultures of Italian-speaking countries. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To actively communicate in Italian, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
- To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Italian culture through written and aural class work.
- To demonstrate spoken Italian in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
- To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
- To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
- To write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.
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
Gender of nouns (masculine and feminine)
Number of nouns (singular and plural)
Definite article singular and plural (il-lo-la-i-gli-le)
Indefinite article (un-uno-una)
Number from 0 to 100
Conjugation of present tense of Verbs in –are/-ere/-ire
Auxiliary verbs (essere/avere)
Idiomatic expression with “avere”
Addressing people in formal
Simple and combined preposition
Irregular verbs (andare-dare-fare-stare)
Describe your family
Free Time and Sport
Talk about your free time
Verbs of volition (dovere-potere-volere)
Irregular verbs (dire-uscire-venire)
Talk about what you like to do
VII. Methods of Instruction
Methods of presentation will include a step-by-step process using and building on previously acquired skills. A text will be required and exams will be given after the mastery of each lesson (chapter). There will also be films and class discussions using the Italian language after appropriate grammar and vocabulary have been mastered.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
- Sentieri (Textbook W/Bind-in Supersite Passcode), Latest Edition, by Julia M. Cozarelli, Publisher: Vista Higher Learning.
- Sentieri (W/Bind in Web-Sam Online Workbook), Latest Edition, by Cozzarelli, Publisher: Vista Higher Learning.
- The Language Labs also have a large number of Italian magazines, audio CDs, videos, and a pronunciation resource for practice, reinforcement and enrichment (i.e: Italian Transparent Language). These materials are for reference only, and therefore must be used solely within the Language labs.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Attend class regularly.
- Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section VI.
- Accompanying listening and written exercises in the online and workbook lab manual must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
- Take the quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of listening, reading, writing, and speaking elements.
- 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.
|D.||Lab Assignments||25 %|
|E.||Cultural Presentation||10 %|
90% - 100% = A // 80% - 89% = B // 70% - 79% = C // 60% - 69% = D // below 60% = F.
Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
In this course at least one speaking exam is required.
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.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.