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Vicenza Middle School

Course Name and Number


Italian 1 School Year 2014-2015 (semester class)

Course Description

During this school-year, we will be covering the main aspects of the Italian
culture and how to interact with Italian people.

Text

Various materials, such as vocabulary lists, crosswords, puzzles, dialogues,


etc.

Teacher Name
Isabella Pani

Contact Information

+39-0444-715701, DSN 634-5701, email Isabella.Pani@eu.dodea.edu

Location

Room 1021 Second Floor

Philosophy

First of all, it is my opinion that you should take full advantages of the Host
Nation country in which you and your families are living. Therefore, the aim
of this Intercultural Communications course is that you should be able to
communicate linguistically and to operate comfortably within the community
where you live.
High frequency vocabulary is presented in situational experiences such as
meeting people, asking for directions, shopping, etc. You will be expected to
communicate in Italian by giving oral and written information, by using
speech patterns and grammatical structures.
Furthermore, you will be taught to identify geographical and cultural features
of Italy.

Materials

A notebook or 3-ring binder. Pens and pencils.

Grading Policy

DoDEA Grading Scale:


90 - 100
A
80 - 89
B
70 -79
C
60 - 69
D
59 or below
F

Assessment
Participation
Warm ups/journal
Tests and quizzes

30%
20%
30%

Projects

20%

What do we mean by Participation?


You participate in the lesson when you:
Listen to the teacher while she speaks
Follow instruction
Respect others right to learn
Take notes
Raise your hand before asking any question and wait to be recognized
before giving your answer

What are Warm-Ups?

As you enter the classroom, you will find an


exercise or a quote on the board.
Sit down and quietly follow the instructions given.
When the late bell rings, you are supposed to be
working already.
When you finish, quietly wait until the teacher gives
further instructions.

Tests

Tests will be given periodically.


They will NOT be based only on the material you receive, but also
on teachers explanation of expressions (so make sure to take
notes!)
Quizzes will be daily administered on the newly acquired vocabulary
(so make sure you memorize that list!)

Projects
We will work on a big project for final grade (for instance all about me
cube collage).
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Classroom Management
Rules:

Be Present: Students are expected to attend class unless excused


through the proper school channels.
Be Prompt: Students are expected to be in class on time. Students
should be in their seats and working when the bell rings or a tardy will
be assigned.
Be Prepared: Students are expected to bring their supplies, including
notebooks, writing instruments, and appropriate texts to class
everyday. Homework should always be ready at the beginning of the
class period.
Be Productive: Students are expected to be on task at all times.
Be Polite: Students are expected to demonstrate good manners and
courtesy to everyone in the classroom. No put-downs or disrespectful
language, actions or attitudes will be tolerated in this class.
Consequences:
These steps are optional (at the teachers discretion) depending on
the offense:
1. Warning / conference with the student
2. Contact with parent
3. Detention
4. Meeting with counselor / parent
5. Referral to the administration
Policies:
Excused make-up work (not school related): Students who miss
class work due to an excused absence may make-up class work and
tests. The deadline for turning in late work is one day for each day
absent. Students should first check the bulletin board for missing
assignments, then see the teacher if there are any unanswered
questions about an assignment or lesson. Tests can be made-up
during seminar or after school.
Excused make-up work (school related): Work is due immediately
upon return. Missed tests must be taken after school the day of the
students return.
Cheating: Any student caught cheating will receive a 0 grade for the
assignment or test.
This includes all students and assignments
involved.
Water: Water is allowed in the classroom at all times
Homework we comply with the school H2.0 policy. Students will have
the opportunity to make up any incomplete or missed work for half
credit.

Content Outline
Vocabulary and Structures
Among other things, you will learn about the following topics:
Italian Alphabet
Greetings and people introductions
Classroom objects
The home
The family
Sports
Shopping
Food and recipes
Means of transportation
Communicative Tasks
Among other things, you will learn how to:
Greet people
Introduce yourself and other people
Talk about and order food
Go shopping
Culture
Italian cuisine
Italian school system
Shopping in Italy
Leisure and Sport in Italy
Important Italian Holidays
Family traditions in Italy
Italy: regions and cities
Additional Information

Study trips and exchanges with twin-sisters Italian schools will be


planned to provide students with direct contacts with the Italian culture
and language.
You need to have a neat, ordered NOTEBOOK in which you collect
notes, handouts and such. Your notebook and workbook chapters will
be graded at the end of each quarter.
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Standards
Please make reference to the standards from the DODEA website:
http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/curriculum.htm