Syllabus for Italian II
School Year 2012-2013
Periods: 1, 4 Room:
Periods: 2, 3, 6 workroom: 330
Syllabus for Italian II
School Year 2012-2013
Periods: 1, 4 Room:
Planning Periods: 2, 3, 6 workroom: 330
Course Description: Prerequisite:
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
1. Personal Life
2. Family and Friends
3. School and Community
4. The World Around Us
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
A notebook, composition book,
have read and understood this syllabus.”