D. A. Kress
Office: 3 :15-4 MW, 3-4 F
Text: Preggo! An Invitation to Italian, Lazzarino, Peccianti and Dini. 7th ed. 2008.
In this course you will undertake the study of a language that has served as
the vehicle of communication of one of the world’s great cultures. You
will learn to communicate in basic Italian and to read Italian texts. Even if
only one year of Italian will be offered, this course can be of great benefit
to you. You may use it in your business, in your personal relations, in your
profession, or as a research tool in graduate school. After all, a study of
Italian entails not only knowledge of the language, but an awareness of the
history, culture and literature of
This course has been designed for students who have already mastered one or more foreign languages and who are familiar with the processes involved in language acquisition. If you have no previous language-learning experience, this course may not be the best choice for you.
1. You are expected to come to class prepared every day. Study the material specified on the syllabus or in class! There may be a quiz even though there is not a written assignment.
2. Every quiz and examination will stress oral comprehension. Keep in mind that all class work will be conducted orally in Italian and your attendance and participation will have a definite impact on your grade. The activities of listening to a language, speaking a language, and writing a language demand active skills. This class will require your active participation.
A language course is different from other courses at the college because you work on oral communication skills. The only place you can work on these skills is in class. Other classes may not require your attendance because you can learn the material from the book; however, there is no substitute for the dynamic interaction that takes place between you and your teacher—a trained language acquisition specialist. For this reason this course has a strong policy on absences.
3. Your grade in this class will be given as follows:
60% Chapter tests and final exam
30% Quizzes and homework
10% Class participation
*At least 2 quiz grades will be dropped. If you work hard I may drop a third one.
*Including the final there will be 5 major tests. I will drop your lowest score and average your 4 best grades. Students who wish to drop the final must maintain an A average on quizzes as well as perfect attendance after Thanksgiving break. No exceptions! Note also my policy on makeups.
*Make ups: No make-ups for an unexcused absence are given. In case of excused absences, I may choose not to give a make-up; instead I may choose not to count that quiz or examination.
*Students who have 5 absences will have their final grade lowered one full letter. For additional absences there will be a penalty of 2 points per day before the letter grade is dropped.
*I am willing to give extra credit if you are willing to work for it and will add points to your final average for each Italian novel or play you read (in English translation). If you are interested in this option, come see me before you choose a novel. Not all works are acceptable for credit.
Carlo Collodi (Lorenzini) Le avventure di Pinocchio 1 pt.
Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando furioso 2 pts.
Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme liberata 2 pts.
Carlo Goldoni, La locandiera 1 pt.
Giovanni Boccaccio, Il decamerone 2 pts.
Luigi Pirandello, Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore 1 pt.
Niccolo Machiavelli, Il principe 1 pt.
Alessandro Manzoni, I promessi sposi 2 pts.
Natalia Ginzburg, Tutti i nostri ieri
Alberto Moravia, La romana
I. Week of the 11th to the 15th of January
II. Week of the 18th to the 22th of January
III. Week of the 25th to the 29th of January
IV. Week of the 1st to the 5th of February
V. Week of the 8th to the 12th of February
VI. Week of the 15th to the 19th of February
VII. Week of the 22nd to the 26th of February
VIII. Week of the 1st to the 5th of March
IX. Week of the 8th to the 12th of March
X. Week of the 15th to the 19th of March
XI. Week of the 22th to the 26th of March
XII. Week of the 29th of March to the 2nd of April
XIII. Week of the 5th to the 9th of April
XIV. Week of the 12th to the 16th of April
XVI. Week of the 26th to the 29th of April
|Thursday||29th April, last day of class|
It is the policy of Centenary
College to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal law,
state law, and the College's commitment to equal educational opportunities.
Any student with a disability who needs accommodations, for example in seating
placement or in arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor
at the beginning of the course. Students with disabilities need to contact
Disability Services (a division of Counseling Services), which is located
in the ground floor of Rotary Hall to obtain services. Telephone