ITL411 -- Advanced Conversation and Composition (Stony Brook University Spring 2008)

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Announcements

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This page was last updated on May 12, 2008, at 11:41 AM.

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May 12 [Schedule] -- As reported in the calendar, today's office hour will be over at 6:00, rather than 6:30 as usual.

May 7 [Content] -- I made an important correction in the calendar. I posted links with videos of all the songs of Week 14, I have added to the list of readings a list of videos to review in preparation for the final exam, and all the links to readings that are not in the book. I have revised the list, taking out a couple of readings.

May 7 [Content] -- Under Week 14, I have added the list of readings for the final exam.

May 1 [Schedule] -- I have received confirmation that the final exam will take place in the same classroom where we have our lectures. The calendar and the syllabus have been modified accordingly.

Apr. 29 [Content] -- I have added a reading to the current week.

Apr. 29 [Schedule] -- I have changed the time of my last office hour, on May 13. Check the calendar for details.

Apr. 28 [Content] -- I have modified the topics for Week 13, adding links to videos and a new reading.

Apr. 23 [Content] -- I have modified the topics for the classes between now and the end of the semester. I have modified the assignments accordingly.

Apr. 22 [Content] -- I have added new links to the page on Italy in the news.

Apr. 14 [Content] -- I have added new links to the page on Italy in the news. Under Weeks 10 and 11, I have made a few small changes to topics and assignments.

Apr. 11 [Schedule] -- On Tuesday, Apr. 14, my office hour will be at 1:00-2:00.

Apr. 1 [Content] -- Under Week 9, I have posted last Wednesday's presentation.

Mar. 31 [Content] -- Under Weeks 8-10, I have moved topics around. Under week 9 I have added a written assignment to match the week's activities.

Mar. 31 [Other] -- On April 12, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Stony Brook Manhattan, there will be a conference on "Italian poetry and American poetry in New York." For details, please see this flyer (in Acrobat).

Mar. 25 [Other] -- The 3rd Annual Cody Walk for Developmental Disabilities will take place at SBU on Apr. 27, 9:30-11:00. You can register on-line by clicking here.

Mar. 24 [Content] -- Under Week 8, I have added today's presentation. I have posted the text written in class during week 7.

Mar. 12 [Content] -- Under Week 7, I have modified the list of topics.

Mar. 5 [Schedule] -- Inside the calendar, I have added deadlines for homework assignments.

Mar. 4 [Other] -- On March 11, 2008, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in rm. 302 of the Student Activities Center, there will be a conference on "Italian-American Youth Culture." For details, please see this flyer (in Acrobat).

Mar. 3 [Content] -- Under Week 6, I have modified the list of topics. I have added new links to the section with recent news from Italy, on the topics of Chapter 2 of the textbook.

Feb. 25 [Content] -- Under Week 5, I have added today's presentation. I have modified the list of topics.

Feb. 21 [Content] -- In the news section, I have added more links to relevant articles.

Feb. 19 [Content] -- In the syllabus, I have added detailed instructions about the format of the assignments.

Feb. 18 [Content] -- Under Week 4, I have added today's presentation. I have modified the list of topics and I have added instructions to one of the assignments.

Feb. 18 [Content] -- Under Week 3, I added an example of stylistic analysis, the song "Bartali": you can see it online or download it. I have added a section with recent news from Italy, that are relevant for our class. If you find any interesting articles, email me the link. Under Week 3, I added a second link to RepubblicaTV.

Feb. 14 [Other] -- STUDY AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS IN LOMBARD SCHOOLS (ITALY), 2008-2009 Academic Year The Rete delle scuole autonome della Lombardia, officially named "Autonomia scolastica e relazioni internazionali" offers a program of study, training and cross-cultural experience to native speakers of English for the 2008-2009 academic year. The program is open to individuals who are currently completing or have recently completed (within the last 18 months) college level Italian language and culture. Students enrolled in a M.A. or Ph.D. program of Italian language and culture in a North-American university are also encouraged to apply. While the program is intended for students or recent graduates of Italian, it is also open to those enrolled in other disciplines who would like to have an intercultural experience of study and training in an Italian school. This program is part of the Europa dell'Istruzione project which promotes linguistic and intercultural exchange within Europe and across the globe. For more information, go to http://www.pacioli.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Documentazione&file=index&func=category&cat=102.

Feb. 12 [Other] -- On March 7, 2008, in rm. E4340 of the F. Melville Library, there will be a Symposium entitled "The Ethnic Eye/I: Memoir and Italian American Cultures." For details, please see this flyer (in Acrobat).

Feb. 11 [Content] -- I have made small changes to topics and future assignments. I have added links to video of the three songs introduced last week.

Feb. 7 [Technical] -- I have made a few cosmetic changes to the page. I have changed the position and the names of some links. Also, every time you visit this page, you should see a different picture of Italy.

Feb. 6 [Content] -- Under Week 2, I have added a simple assignment.

Feb. 4 [Content] -- Under Week 2, I have added last weeks texts, written in class. I have produced an Acrobat document, with the Endnotes of Chapter 1 of the textbook.

Jan. 28 [Content] -- Inside the Bibliography, I have added a link with the Dizionario italiano multimediale d'Ortografia e di Pronunzia. It includes more than 120,000 entries.

Jan. 28 [Content] -- Under Week 1, I have added a copy of today's presentation, in various formats.

Jan. 27 [Other] -- Welcome to this class: to all, I wish a most pleasant and productive semester!

Jan. 25 [Technical] -- The web site is being revised. However, it has not been thoroughly tested.

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Calendar: class schedule, office hours, deadlines

Always check this site and the USB homepage for last-minute announcements about cancellations due to the weather or an emergency. The University Emergency Operations Center (EOC) allows you to monitor the latest forecasts, provides detailed notifications and updated information. As an alternative, you can rely on WUSB 90.1 FM Radio, Campus Cable Channel 8, News 12 and other local media stations.

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[Week 14] May 7, Wednesday
2:20-3:40, Lecture (Humanities 3014).
5:30-6:00, office hour (Humanities 1148).

[Week 15] May 12, Monday
2:20-3:40, Review session (Humanities 3014).
5:30-6:30, office hour (Humanities 1148).

[Week 15] May 13, Tuesday
2:00-3:00, last office hour (Humanities 1148).

[Finals] May 19, Monday
2:15-4:15, Final exam (location: Humanities 3014).

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Lectures and assignments, readings

This list may be subject to minor changes and adjustments during the semester.
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Week 1 (Jan. 28, Jan. 30)

Topics and in-class activities
Introduction: a general overview of the class; the web site; the syllabus.
Conversation: learning a second language.
Lecture: strategies to maximize the results when writing in another language.

PowerPoint presentations used in class
Download or see online in any one of these formats:
- Monday's Presentation in .html (Web version)
- Monday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf); Monday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf, black and white version)
- Monday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt); Monday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt, black and white version)

Audioclips
Download or listen online to textbook readings assigned this week:
- Introduction to Chapt. 1, "Biciclette" (pp. 2-3) (6:11, MP3 128kbps).

Assignments
See the presentation.
You can download the form of exercise 24 B and the questions of 31 A.

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Week 2 (Feb. 4, Feb. 6)

Topics and in-class activities
Writing: working on different registers and styles.
You can download the texts written in class, in Acrobat, or in Rich Text Format. Read the analysis of the texts (in Acrobat), made by CENSOR.
Reading: Introduction to Chapt. 1, "Biciclette" (pp. 2-3).
Reading: Lexicon (pp. 4-5).
Reading: "Il ciclismo nella canzone italiana" (pp. 6-8).
Listening (songs): Francesco De Gregori's "Il bandito e il campione"; Paolo Conte's "Bartali"; Enrico Ruggeri's "Gimondi e il cannibale."
Readings: the lyrics of De Gregori's "Il bandito e il campione"; Conte's "Bartali"; Ruggeri's "Gimondi e il cannibale" (print the hand-out, in Acrobat).
Conversation: the cyclist as a particular kind of hero; myths of cyclism in Italian society and culture.

Assignments
Reading: Lexicon (pp. 4-5).
Reading: "Divise e salvò l'Italia" (pp. 14-17).
Reading: "Su Internet, sui giornali, al cinema" (pp. 33-38).
Stylistics: on the Internet, find a joke and a short article stylistically similar to those written during the first class activity. Come to class ready to illustrate the similarities.

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Week 3 (Feb. 11, Feb. 13)

Topics and in-class activities
YouTube videos of "Il bandito e il campione", "Bartali" (sung by Enzo Jannacci), "Gimondi e il cannibale".
Reading and understanding: analysis of the language and the contents of Francesco De Gregori's "Il bandito e il campione," Paolo Conte's "Bartali" and Enrico Ruggeri's "Gimondi e il cannibale." You can download an example of the analysis done in class: "Bartali" (Acrobat file).
Writing: a song connected to the themes of this Chapter.
Reading and understanding: "Pantani, il doping, il Giro d'Italia" (pp. 33-34); the language of Internet forums.
Click here to watch online a series of videos on Pantani (Prima parte, Seconda parte), broadcast on Feb. 6, 2007, by Repubblica TV, the WebTV of Italian newspaper la Repubblica.
Click here to read an article from la Repubblica on the made-for-tv movie on Marco Pantani, aired in Italy on Feb. 5, 2007.
Pictures: the bicycle in Italian life.
Games and conversation: based on the pictures.

Assignments
Exercises:
- p. 35 B (3-5 lines), p. 36 A (150-250 words), p. 38 A and C (send just the answers: for example, "1, c, III")
- p. 35 B and p. 36 A can be replaced by the following assignment: a summary, with comments, of the videos on Pantani produced by Repubblica TV (see links above). The recommended length for this assignment is 200-300 words.
Reading: click here to read a short article from la Repubblica, "I miei 20 chilometri in bici", published on Feb. 7, 2008.

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Week 4 (Feb. 18, Feb. 25)

Topics and in-class activities
Homework assignments: instructions and advice. The process of correction.
Reading: "Divise e salvò l'Italia" (pp. 14-17).
A popular song inspired by the events of 1948.
Reading: excerpts from Il '900 visto da Topolino, "Paperino al Tour". Click here to download pages from the story, in Acrobat (size: 12.9 MB!; password protected).
Click here to download a short article on cyclism and the Italian media, in Acrobat (password protected).
The language of Italian comics.
The language of sports journalism in Italy.
Movies: scenes from Totò al Giro d'Italia (chapt. 6, 25:41-35:54).
Video (0-15'): the last minutes of the 2007 Milano-Sanremo: click here to download a list of words and expressions used in the video, in Acrobat.
Writing: a song connected to the themes of this Chapter.

PowerPoint presentations used in class
Download or see online in any one of these formats:
- Monday's Presentation in .html (Web version)
- Monday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf)
- Monday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt)

Assignments
Writing: finish writing your song. Include an outline.
Writing (extra credit): transcribe the comments from this 1:14" video of the 19th stage of the 1998 Giro d'Italia, and then add your observation/comments on the style used by the Italian journalists.
Reading: Introduction to Chapter 2, "Case" (pp. 43-44).
Reading: "In casa, in famiglia" (pp. 44-45).
Reading: Lexicon (pp. 46-48).
Reading: "A casa in Toscana" (pp. 54-58).
Reading: "Il condominio, una società semplificata" (pp. 67-68).
Reading: "Regolamento condominiale" (pp. 69-70).
Reading: "Annunci economici" (pp. 74-76).

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Week 5 (Feb. 25, Feb. 27)

Topics and in-class activities
Homework assignments: instructions and advice. The process of correction.
Movies: basic information on Bartali - L'intramontabile (2006) and Ladri di biciclette (1948).
Movies: scenes from Bartali - L'intramontabile and Ladri di biciclette.
You can see scenes from the made-for-TV movie on Bartali on YouTube.
Notes on style and lexicon, in reference to the scenes shown in class (you can download the hand-out, in Acrobat).
Conversation/activities: based on the scenes from the movies.
Movies: basic information on Totò al Giro d'Italia (1948); Malena (2000); Io non ho paura (2003).
Movies: scenes from Malena (2000); Io non ho paura (2003).
Notes on style and lexicon, in reference to the scenes shown in class.
Conversation: based on the scenes from the movies and on the various topics of this Chapter.

PowerPoint presentations used in class
Download or see online in any one of these formats:
- Monday's Presentation in .html (Web version)
- Monday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf)
- Monday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt)

Assignments
Reading: "La cucina aperta" (pp. 79-80).
Readings: "IKEA" (pp. 81-85).
Readings: pages from the IKEA Italian catalogue of 2002 (pictures and text): excerpt A; excerpt B; excerpt C. To open these documents you need the user id and password that was provided in class before.
No password is needed to read passages from the IKEA Italian catalogue of 2002 (text only), in Rich Text Format, or in Acrobat.
Exercises: p. 45 A (150-300 words), p. 58 B, p. 70 A (5-10 rules). The last two assignments (p. 58 B and p. 70 A) can be replaced by the following: a description, with comments, of some of the scenes shown in class this week. The recommended length for this assignment is 200-300 words. The submission of an accompanying outline is recommended for this assignment.

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Week 6 (Mar. 3, Mar. 5)

Topics and in-class activities
An Italian apartment in Pisa (images from a web site).
Conversation: observations on the design and furnishing of Italian and Italian American houses. The use and organization of interior space. Routines, family life inside the house. Rules for family members.
Reading: Introduction to Chapter 2, "Case" (pp. 43-44).
Reading: "In casa, in famiglia" (pp. 44).
Conversation: based on p. 46 C.
Conversation: interior design, furniture and lifestyles.
Reading: "La cucina aperta" (pp. 79-80).
Videos: commercial IKEA Italia 2007; Zelig's Paolo Migone in "Domenica all'IKEA" (2007).
Reading: excerpts from IKEA Italian catalogue of 2002 (excerpt A, excerpt B, excerpt C, or all the excerpt in Acrobat format [35.7 MB!]). Hand-out: excerpts from the IKEA Italian catalogue of 2002 (text only), in Rich Text Format, in Acrobat.
Reading: the IKEA Italian catalogue of 2008. Compare with the IKEA US catalogue of 2008.
Conversation: based on the hand-out, with special focus on language, stylistics and culture. Adaptations made to adjust to the Italian consumers. The emphasis on the family in the catalogue's images. Global culture and the younger consumers. Colloquial expressions and jargons.

Assignments
Readings: "Questa è la mia casa" (pp. 50-54).
Reading: "Voci" (pp. 60-61) [just this section, not the reading that follows].
Readings: "Vicini di casa" (pp. 71-74).
Exercises: visit http://bravacasa.corriere.it, find 2-3 sections or articles that you like, copy a few interesting passages and add your comments (200-300 words for the comments, no limit for the quotes). As an alternative, if you prefer, you can do a similar work focusing on the excerpts from the IKEA Italian/US catalogues that were posted or linked. The submission of an outline is recommended for the IKEA assignment.

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Week 7 (Mar. 10, Mar. 12)

Topics and in-class activities
Reading: Aldo Nove, "Puerto Plata Market" (pp. 83-84).
Conversation: based on the reading and on p. 85 B. Defining and presenting one's identity in a consumeristic society.
Reading: "Annunci economici" (pp. 74-76).
Writing: based on p. 76 A.
Writing: write a traditional short ad for the Villa of Under the Tuscan Sun; write a longer Internet ad (as in this example); write an e-mail or a letter, describing the Villa as if it were the house of a friend that you just visited. You can download the ads written in class: Bramasole (Acrobat file).
Review the ads of the Bramasole villa (in Acrobat) written last year during this activity.
Listening (rap): Jovanotti, "Questa è la mia casa" (1997).
Conversation: based on the song.
Reading: "Il rap italiano" (p. 54).
Listening (rap): "Supercafone" from "Comunque vada sarà un successo" (Piotta, 1998-99).
Video (rap): "Supercafone" (Piotta, 1998-99).
Conversation: relatives, friends and other house guests. Hospitality in different cultures: rules, expectations, mishaps.
Reading: "Il condominio, una societÓ semplificata" (pp. 67-68).
Conversation: based on p. 70 A.
Writing: based on p. 70 A.

Assignments
Exercises: p. 64 B (300-500 words; include outline), 85 A (3-7 pieces of furniture).

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Week 8 (Mar. 24, Mar. 26)

Topics and in-class activities
Conversation: new house, new life, new rules, new beginnings.
Conversation: each facade, a story.
Pictures: Italian houses.
Conversation: based on the pictures.
Movies: Le fate ignoranti (2000).
Conversation: based on the scenes from the movies.

PowerPoint presentations used in class
Download or see online in any one of these formats:
- Monday's Presentation in .html (Web version)
- Monday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf)
- Monday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt)

Assignments
Reading: Introduction to Chapter 3, "Città" (pp. 91-94).
Reading: "Lessico: la lingua dei giovani" (105-107).
Reading: "Shopville" (pp. 108-111).
Reading: "Milano Torino che belle città" (p. 137-138).
Reading: the Italian city on TV, pp. 135-137 (activity E).
Exercises: write your comments on one or more of the movies shown during week 8 (200-300 words); this assignment can be structured either as a short movie review, or as a composition focusing on the themes of the movie(s). It can include descriptions of selected scenes from the movie(s), followed by specific comments.
This assignment can be replaced by a summary, with comments, of one or more papers/sections from the conference on labor in Italy and in the US held on Friday at the Center for Italian Studies, here at Stony Brook.

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Week 9 (Mar. 31, Apr. 2)

Topics and in-class activities
Reading: p. 64 C.
Writing: based on p. 64 C.
Reading: "A.A.A. cercasi casa disperatamente. Viaggio nel calvario dei fuori sede" (click here to read this article from the the Web site of La Repubblica).
Grammar: the infinitive in Italian (based "Puerto Plata Market" and on examples from the IKEA Italian catalogue of 2002); see the hand-out, in Acrobat format.
Writing: various uses of the infinitive in Italian.

PowerPoint presentations used in class
Download or see online in any one of these formats:
- Wednesday's Presentation in .html (Web version)
- Wednesday's Presentation in Acrobat (.pdf)
- Wednesday's Presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt)

Assignments
Reading: Andrea Camilleri, "Un caso di omonimia" (pp. 115-117).
Reading: "Lessico: sicilianismi" (pp. 117-118).
Reading: "La nuova immagine di Napoli nel mondo" (p. 122).
Reading: Corby Kummer, "Napoli ever after" (pp. 122-125).
Reading: "Forza Napoli" (pp. 131-134).
Exercises: write the ad for a room or an apartment to be rented to Italian university students. Then, write an e-mail or a posting where you pretend to have visited the room/apartment for rent, and you describe what it really looked like. Add brief comments on the dramatic problem of housing for students in Italy. Overall length for this assignment (ad plus e-mail/posting) is 150-250 words.

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Week 10 (Apr. 7, Apr. 9)

Topics and in-class activities
Movie: scenes from La finestra di fronte (2003: see the hand-out, in Acrobat format).
Conversation: based on the scenes from the movie. Rules for guests.
Movie: scenes from Under The Tuscan Sun (2003).
Conversation: based on the scenes from the movie.
Conversation: lifestyles and cultures in the Italian cities. Languages: local jargons, dialects.
Conversation: Italian cities, lived or dreamed, remembered.
Reading: Introduction to Chapter 3, "Città" (pp. 91-94).
Game: "Anagrammi urbani" (p. 142).
Conversation: the Italian city on TV, based on p. 135 E.
Review the letters (in Acrobat) to the consultant, written last year in class and at home.

Assignments
Reading: "Roma" (pp. 94-99).
Reading: "Genova" (pp. 125-130).
Reading: "Il segreto di San Nicola" (pp. 139-141).
Exercises: p. 99 A or p. 111 B (200-300 words); also, with a search engine, on the Internet (for ex., google.it, find 5-15 examples showing the current use of words and expressions presented in the section "Lessico: la lingua dei giovani" (105-107). Add a few comments (50-100 words) on the uses and meanings of those words and expressions in the context of the examples that you have found.
Exercises: p. 119 C (300-500 words).

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Week 11 (Apr. 14, Apr. 16)

Topics and in-class activities
Conversation: "Can you please help me? I'm lost".
Conversation: life, attitudes and habits of young Italians living in urban settings.
Conversation: based on p. 99 B (see the hand-out).
Review the texts (in Acrobat) written in class on the theme of the ideal city.
Reading: "Shopville" (pp. 108-111).
Conversation: based on the reading.
Stylistics: observations on the style of the reading.
Writing: based on the reading and the stylistical notes (see also p. 111 C, p. 112 D).
Game: based on "Milano Torino che belle città" (pp. 137-138).
Conversation: the use of dialects in today's Italy and in the Italian media.
Reading: Andrea Camilleri, "Un caso di omonimia" (pp. 115-117).
Conversation: based on the reading.
Reading: "Forza Napoli" (pp. 131-134).
Conversation: based on the reading.

Assignments
Reading: "Napoli" (pp. 120-121).
Reading: "L'anima perduta nella monnezza di Napoli" by Roberto Saviano (La Repubblica, Feb. 4, 2008).
Reading: "Italiani d'Argentina" (pp. 172-173).
Reading: "Italiani nel mondo" (pp. 174-176).
Reading: Vittorio Zucconi, "Private Prodi (2)".
Exercises: p. 131 B (150-300 words).
As an alternative, instead of writing comments on the movie, you can write an article on the recent elections in Italy (200-300 words), or an article on the garbage crisi in Naples (200-300 words; use YouTube to describe the actual situation in Naples, then add your comments).

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Week 12 (Apr. 23)

Topics and in-class activities
See the descriptions of urban scenes written in class last week (in Acrobat format).
Reading: "Roma" (pp. 94-99).
Conversation: Rome; the city in Italian movies.
Movie: scenes from Caro diario (1993).
Conversation: based on the scenes from the movie.
Pictures: images of Italian cities.
Conversation: based on the pictures.

Assignments
Writing: in 250-400 words, describe what has been going on lately in the Italian city that you have chosen (the links to the local editions of Italian newspapers can be found inside the Italy in the news section of this website). Summarize some of the current events in that city, offer your comments about life in that city. As an alternative, you can write a description of the scenes from the movie shown in class, followed by pertinent comments.

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Week 13 (Apr. 28, Apr. 30)

Topics and in-class activities
Conversation: based on p. 134 C, p. 135 D.
Conversation: comic books in Italian culture and society.
Reading: "Il segreto di San Nicola" (pp. 139-141).
Reading: "Il segreto di San Nicola": excerpts from a comic book (in Acrobat format; password required).
Video: Martin Mystere on Rai.
Writing: supplying the lines for Italian comic books. More excerpts from a comic book (in Acrobat format; password required). The key (in Acrobat format; password required).
Conversation: based on the readings.
Analysis: the use of dialect in Camilleri.
Video: Montalbano on Rai.
Conversation: based on 159 B.

Assignments
Reading: "I fumetti italiani e l'America" (pp. 221-222).
Writing: in 200-300 words, describe the Italian comics from this week, and offer your comments on the characters, the situations, or the style and language. As an alternative, you can write the review of an episode from the Montalbano series, after watching it online (see the link posted above).

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Week 14 (May 5, May 7)

Topics and in-class activities
Conversation: Italian music.
Reading: "Genova" (pp. 125-130).
Listening (songs): Fabrizio De André, "Creuza de ma" (1984); Francesco Guccini, "Bologna"; Paolo Conte, "Genova per noi"; Pino Daniele "Napule è".
Yyou can download the hand-out, with all the lyrics, in Acrobat).
Watch the videos from Youtube: "Creuza de ma", "Bologna", "Napule è", "Genova per noi".
Movie: scenes from Radio Freccia (1998).
Conversation: the evocative power of food.
Listening (songs): Luciano Ligabue, "Certe notti" (1995). Watch the video from Youtube.
Movie: scenes from Radio Freccia (1998).
Readings and videos to review in preparation for the final exam: you can download the list in Acrobat.
Reading: "Mila lire" (pp. 181-185).
Conversation: based on the reading.

Assignments
Writing: in 200-300 words, discuss the songs on the Italian cities, from this week.

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Week 15 (May 12)

Topics and in-class activities
Review session.
Writing: various activities, in preparation for the final exam.

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Syllabus

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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 intensive practice, class discussions, and the use of different media. Class readings, conversations and assignments focus on today's multifaceted Italy, steering clear of stereotyped images and misconceptions.

Contact information
Office hours (rm. 1148, Humanities building): Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, Tuesdays 1:30-3:00, and by appointment. Telephone: (631) 632-7449 [there is no voicemail; to leave an urgent message you can call Mary Wilmarth, the secretary of the Department of European Languages, at (631) 632-7442]. E-mail: afedi@ms.cc.sunysb.edu

Textbook
Students must purchase the following text:
Andrea Fedi and Paolo Fasoli. Mercurio: An Intermediate to Advanced Reader in Italian Language and Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
Other readings (from newspapers, magazines, recent literature, etc.) will be handed out in class or posted on the class web site.
If you don't have the textbook yet, you can download or read online the first Chapter, "Biciclette", with the original pagination and graphics, minus the footnotes (size of this Acrobat file: 26.5 MB).

Course requirements and grading scheme
Grades will be determined according to the following scale:
20% participation and attendance
10% journal (due May 5)
40% homework
30% final exam (May 19, 2:15-4:15; location: Humanities 3014)

The final exam consists of exercises based on the readings introduced in class during the semester. Exercises will include summaries of excerpts, questions, and short compositions.
In-class activities and homework 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.
Written assignments must be handed in in person, at the end of the class. They should be typed, doublespaced, and the header of each page should include the name of the student and the date the assignment was completed. Each page should include only one assignment, and the pages should be single-sided, not stapled or bound, to facilitate scanning.
The journal should simply list some of your readings, and briefly describe your reactions to those readings. Extra points will be given for entries referring to readings or other activities (watching TV programs or movies in Italian, browsing Italian Web sites), that were not assigned in class.

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 at www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary.

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services (631) 632-6748/TDY or go to http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/dss/. 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: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities/asp.

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Bibliography

This bibliography is made available to you for reference.

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Italian dictionaries

De Mauro, Tullio (2000). Il dizionario della lingua italiana. Torino: Paravia.

Devoto, Giacomo and Giancarlo Oli (2004). Il dizionario della lingua italiana. Firenze: Le Monnier.

Zingarelli, Nicola (2005). Lo Zingarelli 2006. Vocabolario della lingua italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli.

Migliorini, Bruno and Carlo Tagliavini, Piero Fiorelli, Tommaso Francesco Borri (1981). Dizionario italiano multimediale d'Ortografia e di Pronunzia.

Bilingual dictionaries

AA.VV.(2001). Oxford Paravia. Il dizionario inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese. Torino: Paravia.

AA.VV.(2005). Il Grande Dizionario Hazon di Inglese 2006. Milano: Garzanti.

Ragazzini, Giuseppe (2005). Ragazzini 2006. Dizionario inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese. Bologna: Zanichelli.

Advanced grammars

Dardano, Maurizio and Pietro Trifone (1997). La nuova grammatica della lingua italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli.

Maiden, Martin and Cecilia Robustelli (2000). A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian. Chicago: McGraw-Hill.

Renzi Lorenzo, and Giampaolo Salvi, Anna Cardinaletti (2001). Grande grammatica italiana di consultazione. 3 vols. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Serianni, Luca and Alberto Castelvecchi (1991). Grammatica italiana. Italiano comune e lingua letteraria. Torino: UTET.

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