Winter 2018

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Italian 002. Elementary Italian (5 units)

 001  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 10:00-10:50A  1120 Hart Hall  59638
 002  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 11:00-11:50A  1120 Hart Hall  59639
 003  Danielle Callegari  MTWRF 12:10-1:00P  1120 Hart Hall  59640
 004  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 9:00-9:50A  1120 Hart Hall  59642

Course Description: Italian 002 is the second course of Elementary Italian.  Students in this course will continue learning the language in a setting that stresses communicative and interactive class activities while focusing also on grammatical structures.  The syllabus for Italian 002 covers Chapters 5 to 8 of the textbook and the related chapters in the online Student Activities Manual (eSAM).  Emphasis is placed on moods and tenses of verbs to increase students’ linguistic awareness (specifically the present perfect, the imperfect and future tenses, and the imperative mood).  Students will continue to investigate Italian culture through reading and interactive activities while continuing to improve upon comprehension, speaking, and writing skills.  Daily class attendance is indispensable for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian 001.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.


  • Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi, Piazza (with iLrn Access)  (Cengage Learning, 2015)

Italian 005. Intermediate Italian (4 units)
Carmen Gomez

MWF 10:00-10:50A
129 Wellman Hall
CRN 59643

Course Description: This is the second course of Intermediate Italian. This course reviews, practices and expands upon 1st year grammar skills in a communicative and task-oriented classroom. Linguistic structures are employed to examine contemporary Italian culture and to make connections between cultures through a variety of in-class activities (oral presentations, discussions and collaborative exercises) and homework assignments (web search activities, weekly blogs and online exercises). Students will also strengthen their critical thinking skills and their understanding of written Italian through the analysis of various texts (journalistic articles, essays and excerpts from literary texts) and with regular writing assignments that reflect on important cultural themes. Italian 005 covers chapters 5-8 of the textbook and the corresponding chapters in the online Student Activities Manual (eSAM). ITA 005 reviews the following grammatical concepts: the pronominal particles “ci” and “ne,” the simple past and future tenses, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, special emphasis on moods (conditional and subjunctive), their respective tenses and their uses.

Prerequisite: Italian 004. Students who did not complete Elementary Italian at UC Davis are encouraged to take the Italian Placement Exam.

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours.


  • Elissa Tognozzi and Giuseppe Cavatorta, Ponti: Italiano Terzo Millennio Bundle  (Cengage Learning, 2012)

Italian 031. Beginning Italian for Spanish-Speakers (5 units)
Carmen Gomez

MTWRF 11:00-11:50A
129 Wellman Hall
CRN 74227

Course Description: Italian 031 is the first of two intensive Italian courses for Spanish speakers that compress three quarters of study into two. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Italian language while also examining aspects of contemporary Italian culture, history, and geography. This course takes a multilingual approach, inviting students to make interlinguistic inferences and comparisons while learning to effectively communicate in both written and spoken Italian.

Prerequisite: Spanish 003 or two years of high school Spanish or native or heritage speaker of Spanish. Not open for credit to students who have completed Italian 001 or 002.

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 5 hours.


  • Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi, Piazza (with iLrn Access)  (Cengage Learning, 2015)

Italian 101. Advanced Conversation, Composition and Grammar (4 units)
Danielle Callegari

TR 1:40-3:00P
1020 Wickson Hall
CRN 59651

Course Description: Through the exploration and critical analysis of Italian literature and film from the medieval to the modern period, students will learn close reading and interpretation skills and engage in extensive oral and written practice in order to improve their self-expression in Italian.

Prerequisite: Italian 009 or the equivalent or consent of instructor (

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.


  • All texts will be provided in digital format.

Italian 115B. Italian Literature of the Renaissance and the Baroque from Cellini to Marino (4 units)
Juliana Schiesari

MWF 3:10-4:00P
113 Hoagland Hall
CRN 74257

Course Description: Continued examination into the loss of an ideal. Emphasis on the conflicts in Michelangelo and Tasso leading to Marino, with an excursus on Galileo's role in the formation of a modern literary standard.

Prerequisite: Italian 115A.  

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Oral Literacy.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.


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