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An examination of Italian in the context of contemporary Italy, with an eye to the effects of globalization and localism on language and culture. The course is designed to develop fluency and accuracy in the use of the spoken and written language through through group practice, class discussions, games, and the use of different media, including the Internet. Class readings, conversations and assignments focus on today's multifaceted Italy, steering clear of stereotyped images and misconceptions.
At the end of this class, the student should be able to assess his/her competence as follows (based on the Language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF)):
No textbook is required. Readings (from newspapers, magazines, recent literature, etc.) will be posted or linked on the class web site.
Grades will be determined according to the following scale:
In-class activities and homework assignments are based on clusters of readings and/or other material (TV programs, scenes from Italian movies, comics, songs, etc.), illustrating different aspects of contemporary Italy, with special attention to the terminology currently used, style, jargons, new metaphors etc.
The homework assignments will be perfected through different drafts and revisions: students will receive support and suggestions for the improvement of lexicon, grammar, style.
The final exam consists of creative exercises based on the readings introduced in class or assigned during the semester. Creative exercises may include summaries of texts, questions, short compositions, or the transformation of a text from one format/genre to another (from interview to editorial, from Internet posting to article etc.).
Please note the following:
The following table shows the numeric equivalents of the letter grades used in this class:
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Please refer to the appropriate section of this Wiki, where details will be provided on a weekly basis.
Students are expected to
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Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary.
For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website.
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services (631) 632-6748 or go to the DSS website. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following web site.