LGE111 - Italian Language Skills 1

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Subject Title
Italian Language Skills 1

Subject Description
This course is designed to develop the student's oral communication and listening skills. The language is taught through the use of integrated, thematic units that stress and reinforce the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a basic level of fluency.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.use language for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts;

2.use language to think and learn in a variety of curriculum areas;

3.use language to make sense of one's own experiences and to share experiences with others;

4.use the conventions of language appropriately for the purpose, audience, and context;

5.develop collaborative and independent thinking and learning strategies;

6.create practical and imaginative works in a variety of media, both as individuals and as members of a group.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
This subject is designed to develop students' four skills of  listening, speaking, reading, and writing Italian within a cultural framework.  The language is taught through the use of integrated thematic units that stress and reinforce these skills.  By the end of the course, students should be able to listen to, speak, read, and write Italian with a basic level of fluency.

Listening Skills
By the end of LGE111, students will be able to:

  • distinguish sound patterns of Italian language that are essential for comprehension;
  • demonstrate understanding of basic Italian vocabulary and language structures;
  • interpret simple oral messages in presentations and dialogues (audiotape and videotape);
  • practise the use of formal and familiar forms of address (Lei/Loro; Tu/Voi).

Speaking Skills
By the end of LGE111, students will be able to:
  • use appropriate body language to convey meaning;
  • use standard pronunciation and intonation accurately and with fluency;
  • respond appropriately in Italian to questions on familiar topics;
  • orally communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics, using appropriate vocabulary;
  • use spoken language conventions appropriately (e.g. forms of greeting).
Reading Skills
By the end of LGE111, students will be able to:
  • read a variety of simple Italian texts (e.g. dialogues, simple stories);
  • read aloud confidently and with expression;
  • determine the meaning of Italian texts and other media with the help of visual and verbal cues (e.g. books, signs, flyers, maps, menus);
  • respond to Italian reading materials in various  ways (e.g. answer questions, retell stories).

Writing Skills
At the end of LGE111, students will be able to:
  • take dictation of Italian words and simple sentences;
  • write complete, simple sentences in Italian to express facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and ideas, for a variety of purposes;
  • write short paragraphs and dialogues, using basic Italian vocabulary and language structures (e.g. identify and describe family members).

Cultural Understanding
At the end of LGE111, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of cultural similarities and differences in customs, attitudes, and values;
  • use knowledge of the Italian culture in writing or creating materials (e.g. identify and describe typical foods, celebrations).

Weekly Topics:
  • greet and take leave of others using the appropriate level of address
  • provide and elicit personal information (profession, abilities, daily activities, etc.)
  • describe people, places, things, and possessions
  • tell the time of day and the time of specific activities, plans, services, etc.
  • accept and decline invitations, express tastes and preferences
  • make reservations, give directions, order food
  • talk about customs and social issues

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Prescribed Texts

La Grassa, Matteo. L'Italiano all'Universita 1 for English Speakers. Edizioni Edilingua. ISBN: 9789606931246.

Reference Material
Barron's Italian-English Dictionary. Barrons, New York. ISBN 9781438007106.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy/index.html

Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral / Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success:

Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success.
Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood