Syllabus 2012-2013

 

Syllabus for Italian II

School Year 2012-2013

Susan Hefty

         Periods:  1, 4   Room:  339

Planning Periods: 2, 3, 6 workroom:  330

Telephone: 354-6800x3302

E-mail:  Shefty@gsgis.k12.va.us

WebPage: Linked to school’s homepage www.gsgis.k12.va.us

 

Syllabus for Italian II

School Year 2012-2013

Susan Hefty

         Periods:  1, 4   Room:  339

Planning Periods: 2, 3, 6 workroom:  330

Telephone: 354-6800x3302

E-mail:  Shefty@gsgis.k12.va.us

WebPage: Linked to school’s homepage www.gsgis.k12.va.us

 

 

 

Course Description: Prerequisite:  Italian I                                                                           

 

This course reviews and expands upon the essential points of grammar covered in the first year course.  It encourages students to go from familiar material to more complex constructions through daily reading and speaking in Italian.  Reading forms the basis of written work, as composition skills develop.  Students are encouraged to present their own points of view and relate the reading experience to their own, joining spoken and written to the reading of Italian in a unique learning experience.  Workbook recommended.

This course will be conducted in Italian. Readings, discussions, grammar units and culture-related assignments are in both Italian and English.

The emphasis is on speaking Italian,  vocabulary building, and more sophisticated communication skills.   Activities are both teacher-directed and student-directed. 

 

 

Textbook(s):  Prego! 6th edition; Prego workbook, Amsco Italian Two and Three Years Workbook

 

 

Web Page: www.gsgis.k12.va.us

 

Major Themes:

         1. Personal Life

            2. Family and Friends

            3. School and Community

            4. The World Around Us

 

Assessment/Evaluation Procedures:

 

  1. Homework:  Each assignment is in conjunction with daily/weekly lessons and is worth 10 points.  All assignments must be completed and written in an Italian II specific notebook.  Full credit will be awarded based on effort and completion.  Certain situations require the use of the homework assignments (i.e. for quizzes, dictations etc.)  Students may (and are encouraged to) have a study-buddy to work out homework “kinks”.  All students are expected to do their own homework, preferably at home or in study halls (not immediately prior to class and never during other classes.)  Homework is designed to enhance the day’s activities and serve as a review or reinforcement for the student on an individual level. Check the website,

the week’s lesson plan will always be available.

  1. Quizzes:  There will be a vocabulary quiz every week.  Vocabulary quizzes are 25 points.  Other quizzes will vary from week to week and unit to unit.  Expect 2 quizzes per chapter ranging from 25-50 points.  Some quizzes may be ‘pop’, i.e. not announced or posted on the website.  Be prepared!
  2. Dictations:  Dictations are written assignments designed to help the learner with listening and writing skills.  There will be two dictations per chapter for 25 points. You may drop the lowest dictation grade.  All dictations will be written in the Italian II notebook.
  3. Language Lab assessment:  Students will be graded on the verbal competency demonstrated during various language lab drills.  The drills range from 10-50 points depending on the lesson.  Students are responsible for bringing the lab handouts and putting them in their notebooks.  Without the lab handouts, no credit will be given for the lab exercises.  When the lab is not available, the lab work may be done in the classroom.
  4. Class Participation:  In an effort to engage all students in active verbal interaction and class activities, a grade of 5 points per class period will be given to students who put forth an effort toward speaking Italian.  The course is conducted in Italian and students must comply with this method of learning and instruction.  Students are awarded points based on effort, preparedness, and capability.  No credit for class participation will be given if students fail to bring materials to class (books, notebooks and/or workbooks).
  5. Tests:  At the conclusion of a given grammar unit or chapter, a test will be given to measure the comprehension of the material.  Tests are 100 points. These unit/chapter tests may be retaken.  If students feel that they did not do well on their test, they have the opportunity to retake the test within a one week period after the return of the test.  The test will be given after school or during a study hall period, should the student have one.  The test is for full credit.  Should the student receive a lower grade, the better of the two grades will be counted. It is the student’s responsibility to sign up for a re-test.
  6. Projects:  2 projects will be assigned per semester.  1 mini-project; 1 major project.  Details concerning the theme and/or topics will be forthcoming.  The mini-project is 100 points; the major project is 300 points.
  7. Notebooks & Workbooks:   Notebooks and workbooks  should contain class/lesson notes, class work, handouts etc. and be kept up-to-date.   It is important that students be organized, keep all returned work in the Italian II notebook, put lab handouts in the notebook and bring the notebook to class every day.  Worbooks will be graded.  Prego workbooks may be kept in the classroom, in the cabinet.  Amsco workbooks must not be left in the classroom.
  8. Textbooks:  Students are expected to have their textbook with them for every lesson except Fridays.  Students who do not have their textbook will lose class participation points for that day.

 Classroom Expectations:  Students are expected to be (1) involved  (2) on time (both in arriving to class and turning in assignments) (3) eager to learn (4) polite and respectful of others (5) willing to speak Italian.

Students are expected to be attentive and engaged in the daily lessons. 

 

Students should not leave the classroom unless there is an emergency situation.   Students must sign-out before leaving the classroom.  

 

Students may come for extra help during my planning periods, after school or may make arrangements with me.

 

1.      Make-up policy:  It is the responsibility of the student to find out the homework assignment or class work that they may have missed and set up a time to submit the missing work.  Quiz and test make-ups must be within a 5 day period of the day of  the absence. 

 

2.      International  Language Week:  Many and varied activities will be a part of this time of year, usually the beginning of March.  More and lengthier descriptions are forthcoming.

 

3.      Conferences:  A conference with students, parents and guidance etc.  may be arranged at any time.  The conference schedule designed by the school calendar is to be followed and I encourage parents and students to participate. 

 

4.      Class visitations:  Parents are cordially invited to come and visit us anytime to see firsthand what we are doing in Italian II.  I encourage all parents to discuss this impending visit with their child and I look forward to a visit from parents.

 

 

Materials Needed:  A notebook, composition book, Italian/English dictionary.

 

                        “I have read and understood this syllabus.”

 

 

Student Pledge:  ___________________________________________________________

 

 

 

Parent Pledge:  ____________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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