Conversational Italian

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ITL 105

       Course Name: Conversational Italian

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ITL 102 or consent of instructor: knowledge of beginning Italian vocabulary, sounds and structures, including present, imperfect, present perfect, future and imperatives.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides conversational practice in Italian to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm, and vocabulary development. Class activities include oral presentations and class discussion of life in Italy.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student proficiency in speaking Italian.
  2. Refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Italian.
  4. Use the Italian language in the context of real life situations.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Week Lesson Topic
1 1 Course Introduction – Primi Contatti
– Greetings
1 2 – Buon appetite
– Ordering at a restaurant
2 3 – Io e gli altri
– Introducing someone and talking about work
2 4 – Tempo libero
– Talking about leisure time and expressing preferences
3 5 – In giro per l’Italia
– Asking and giving directions and describing a place
3 6 Midterm Oral Presentation
– In albergo
– Booking a hotel room
4 7 – Un fine settimana
– Planning a trip and asking information in a travel agency
4 8 – Vita quotidiana
– Describing your daiy routine and describing Holidays and traditions
5 9 – La Famiglia
– Identifying family relationships and describing family
5 10 – Sapori d’Italia
– Describing food and eating habits and grocery shopping
6   Film
– Il Postino
6   Cultura/Culture
– Readings and discussion on traditions, celebrations, and customs
7   Final Oral Presentation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally; that is, it deals with the tasks or functions that form the basis of spoken communication. Class time will be used to practice using Italian in order to express the kinds of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations. Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used.

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.

Regular class attendance! This is a participation class, so your presence is obligatory. Prepare the text pages prior to each class so that you will feel comfortable in the situations assigned. As a final, you will give an oral report and take an oral reading exam to demonstrate accuracy of pronunciation. Grammar will be reviewed only as needed.

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.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

Textbook: Italian Espresso 1: Italian Course for English Speakers, Latest Edition, by Nicoletta Magnani, Paolo Bultrini, Filippo Graziani, Publisher: Alma.


  • An Italian/English Dictionary
  • 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

A. Participation 30 %
B. Preparation: small assignments 18 %
C. Exams 52 %
    100 %

Grading Scale:

            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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

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.