Italian 1

  • Italian I

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    World Language

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    e

               

    Prerequisite: None

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Reading, writing, listening, speaking skills

    Course Description: This is an introductory course in which students will begin to understand and convey information about themselves (physical and personality traits, likes and dislikes) and the world around them (family, home, school life, leisure activities, foods, shopping, numbers, means of transportation, destinations).  Students will comprehend and reproduce memorized words, phrases, and sentences when speaking or writing.  They will understand uncomplicated speech when listening and simple texts when reading.  In addition, students will start developing cross-cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture.

    Major Projects/Assignments: Students’ development of proficiency will be assessed in a variety of ways during and at the end of each unit.  Forms of assessment will include quizzes and tests, projects, short compositions, and presentations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 15-20 minutes, 4-5 days per week

Italian 2

  • Italian 2

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    World Language

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    e

               

    Prerequisite: C or better required in level 1, or teacher recommendation

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills:  Proficiency in conjugating regular and some irregular verbs in the present tense; mastery of basic vocabulary and structures from level 1.

    Course Description: This course is designed to build upon the skills already acquired in Level 1/2.   Students will begin to understand and convey information beyond themselves and their world (geography, directions, cultural and historical figures, places and events, health, travel and work, narrating events in the past and future).   Students will use and understand connected sentences and short paragraphs when speaking, reading and writing.  In addition, students will continue to develop cross-cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture.

    Major Projects/Assignments: Students’ development of proficiency will be assessed in a variety of ways during and at the end of each unit.  Forms of assessment will include quizzes and tests, projects, short compositions, and presentations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 15 to 20 minutes, 4 to 5 days per week

Italian 3

  • Italian 3

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    World Language

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    e

               

    Prerequisite: C or better in level 2 required, or teacher recommendation

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills:  Proficiency in conjugating regular and irregular verbs in the present and past tenses; mastery of level 2 vocabulary and structures.

    Course Description: This course is designed to build upon the skills already acquired in Level 3/4.   At this level, students are asked to communicate using more complex language.  Students will begin to understand and convey information about art, history, literature, music, current affairs and civilization with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields.   Students will continue to use and understand connected sentences and short paragraphs when speaking, reading, and writing.  In addition, students will continue to develop cross-cultural appreciation by learning the products, practices, and perspectives of the Italian culture. Cultural understanding will be expanded through the use of authentic sources (reading, video, audio, Internet)

    Major Projects/Assignments: Students’ development of proficiency will be assessed in a variety of ways during and at the end of each unit.  Forms of assessment will include quizzes and tests, projects, short compositions, and presentations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 20 to 25 minutes, 4 to 5 days per week

Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language & Culture

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture                                                     

    Grade level:

    10 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    World Language

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    e

               

    Prerequisite:  B- or better in level 3 recommended, or teacher recommendation

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills:  Proficiency in conjugating regular and irregular verbs in all major tenses and moods; mastery of level 3 vocabulary and structures.

    Course Description: Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture is similar to third year university courses that focus on advanced speaking and writing in Italian. The course is organized thematically, with authentic listening, reading, writing and speaking activities focusing on a unifying theme.  Grammar instruction is related to the theme as appropriate.  The class seeks to develop the language and cultural skills necessary to take the Advanced Placements Italian Language and Culture exam, which students are expected to take in May.

    Major Projects/Assignments: Evidence of communication skills includes prepared and spontaneous role playing, oral presentations, listening with note taking, oral and written responses to reading and listening passages, essays on literary and journalistic readings, and short notes and letters. In preparation for the Advanced Placements test, students will be assessed in their ability to analyze, compare and contrast, and synthesize information acquired from authentic sources.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 45 minutes, 5 days per week