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atc:2012:syllabus

ITL 510: Syllabus (2012)

Lucca dalle mura (AF 2012)

Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives

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)):

  1. Listening
    • Standard Goals: I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.
    • Advanced Achievements: I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly. I can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.
  2. Reading
    • Standard Goals: I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose.
    • Advanced Achievements: I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.
  3. Spoken interaction
    • Standard Goals: I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.
    • Advanced Achievements: I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.
  4. Spoken production
    • Standard Goals: I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
    • Advanced Achievements: I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
  5. Writing
    • Standard Goals: I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. I can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
    • Advanced Achievements: I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.

Contact Information

  • Instructor: Dr. Andrea Fedi, Ph.D.
  • Office hours (rm. 1148, Humanities building): Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15, Fridays 10:00-11:30, and by appointment.
  • Telephone, Skype: (631) 791-9927 (using this number to call me from your telephone or cellular phone, you can leave a message any time you need to, and you can talk to me whenever I'm not in a meeting, or teaching, including evening hours).
  • Skype address: andrea.fedi.sbu (you can use this to call me or text me from your Skype account, after I have accepted your request and added you to my contact list)

Textbook and Readings

No textbook is required. Readings (from newspapers, magazines, recent literature, etc.) will be posted or linked on the class web site.

Grades and Classwork

Grades will be determined according to the following scale:

  1. 25% attendance and participation
  2. 50% homework assignments
  3. 25% final exam (Dec. 13, 8:30-10:30 PM; location: Earth and Space 183)

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:

  • When studying a foreign language, attendance and class participation are absolutely vital for reaching your goals. Missing classes without due cause will not be tolerated. Since new material and new lexicon are introduced with each lecture, missing even a few classes may have a serious effect on your grades.
  • Late arrivals or early departures, especially if chronic, will count as partial absences.
  • Participation is assessed on the basis of interactive class activities, and of questions and comments made during the lectures. For this reason, if you are absent, it is recommended that you make up for participation and missed activities by visiting the instructor during office hours, or by calling him to engage in a brief one-to-one language session.

The following table shows the numeric equivalents of the letter grades used in this class:

letter grade numeric range
A 94-100
A- 90-93
B+ 87-89
B 84-86
B- 80-83
C+ 77-79
C 74-76
C- 70-73
F 0-69

Topics and Readings, Assignments

Please refer to the appropriate section of this Wiki, where details will be provided on a weekly basis.

Classroom Policy

Students are expected to

  • arrive for class on time and leave the classroom only at the end of class;
  • engage in class discussions and activities whenever appropriate;
  • exhibit classroom behavior that is not disruptive of the learning environment;
  • secure and turn off cellphones and all other electronic communications and entertainment devices during class time unless otherwise directed by the course instructor.

Critical Incident Management

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. 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, or inhibits students' ability to learn.

Academic integrity

Stony Brook University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to observe national, state, and local laws and University regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people.

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.

Disability Policy

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.

atc/2012/syllabus.txt · Last modified: 2012/12/03 13:13 by Andrea Fedi