Winter Quarter 2019

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Italian 002. Elementary Italian (5 units)

 001  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 9:00-9:50A  105 Wellman Hall  39875
 002  Valerie McGuire  MTWRF 10:00-10:50A  105 Wellman Hall  39876
 003  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 11:00-11:50A  105 Wellman Hall  39877
 005  Jay Grossi  MTWRF 12:10-1:00P  105 Wellman Hall  39878

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 (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)

 001  Carmen Gomez  MWF 10:00-10:50A  130 Physics Building  39879
 002  Valerie McGuire  MWF 11:00-11:50A  1116 Hart Hall  54543

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 (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 101. Advanced Conversation, Composition and Grammar (4 units)
Margherita Heyer-Caput

TR 1:40-3:00P
101 Olson Hall
CRN 39888

Course Description: This course is aimed at improving oral and written proficiency through group discussions and oral presentations in class, weekly compositions and grammar review exercises at home.  Students work on linguistic structures in context through close readings of short, modern and conemporary literary texts included in the course textbook.  Participants expand vocabulary and enhance conversational skills while discussing cultural changes in today's Italy, with particular attention to human relationships as they are portrayed in contemporary narrative and film.  Audiovisual materials (songs, film-clips, etc.) will regularly complement class activities.  Italian 101 is required for the Italian Major / Minor and will be conducted in Italian.

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

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

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.


  • Laura Bresciani, Claudia Donna, and Alessandra Garolla, Amicizia, Affetto, Amore  (Edizioni Farinelli, 2012)

Italian 105. Introduction to Italian Literature (4 units)
Margherita Heyer-Caput

TR 10:30-11:50A
1038 Wickson Hall
CRN 54544

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the principal movements, authors, and works of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present.  We will focus on close readings of representative excerpts from masterpieces of medieval, renaissance, baroque, romantic, and modern authors within their historical and cultural context.

Italian 105 is required for the Italian Major/Minor and will be conducted in Italian.  The format will combine lectures and group discussions.  Students will contribute to class activities with oral presentations on an author or an aspect of Italian cultural history.

Prerequisite: Italian 009 or consent of instructor ( 

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

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


  • Paolo Balboni and Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri  (Guerra Edizioni, 2008)

Italian 128. Italian Migrations (4 units)       In English
Valerie McGuire

MWF 12:10-1:00P
110 Hunt Hall
CRN 55612

Course Description: This course studies the literature and culture of migration in Italy since the unification comparing different historical moments: Italian emigration to North and South America at the turn of the century, Italian colonial projects in Africa and the Mediterranean during Fascism, internal South-North migration in the post-war period, and new foreign immigration to Italy since the 1990s. Students read relevant literary and historical texts and watch films. Course is taught in English and welcomes non-majors. There are no language prerequisites.

Prerequisite: None.

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

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing.


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