Fall 2021 - ITAL 100 D100

Introductory Italian I (3)

Class Number: 7512

Delivery Method: In Person


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Introduction to Italian for students with no previous background in the language. Introduces basic oral and written skills, and cultural competence. (A1 level of CEFR). Students with previous Italian training should contact the department for assessment and placement.


Welcome to ITALIAN 100! BENVENUTI! This course is for you if you wish to learn a new language, to communicate in Italian with simple and useful sentences, fall in love with the Italian culture and language. You will learn “la bella lingua”, the beautiful language in a fun and interactive class atmosphere. 

This course is for beginners and focuses on developing basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in Italian. Elements of grammar, syntax, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions as well as aspects of Italian customs and culture will be taught in the context of everyday dialogues and texts. Accurate pronunciation and clear sentence patterns will be stressed. Students will be exposed to authentic Italian material from films, songs, websites, and will have the opportunity to practice their listening and speaking skills on a daily basis.

Regular attendance and preparation for each day’s activities and group work is expected.

PLEASE NOTEITAL 100 is designed for students with no (or very little) previous knowledge of Italian. Students whose first language is Italian, or those who received their secondary education in an Italian-speaking community may not be admitted to this course. Students who have had some initial training in Italian should consult with the instructor regarding placement at the appropriate level: vvintila@sfu.ca

Method of delivery:

The class will be delivered in a blended synchronous/asynchronous way:

Students will be assigned material to prepare for 2-hour blocks per week, and will troubleshoot and practice that content during synchronous in person classes for a 2-hour tutorial block on a single week day. Students must register for one of the D101 or D102 in-person tutorials. All exams will be scheduled during the synchronous meeting times. 

NOTE: As SFU returns to in person instruction in the fall term, it might still be necessary for the synchronous portion to be delivered remotely/online as required by circumstances.


Course Objectives:To prepare students to communicate simply but effectively in Italian through the development of four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – as well as to develop a knowledge of Italian culture. Specifically, upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • provide basic information in Italian about themselves, their families, interests, likes and dislikes, and daily activities;
  • participate in simple conversation on everyday topics (e.g. weather, meeting new people, school, shopping, etc.);
  • read edited texts on familiar topics; understand the main ideas, and pick out important information from "authentic texts" (e.g. menus, signs, train schedules, etc.);
  • complete forms requesting general information, write letters and postcards providing simple information;
  • provide general information about Italy (e.g. geography, weather, food, etc.);
  • use and understand essential vocabulary related to everyday life (e.g. days of the week, colors, numbers, months, seasons, time of day, stores, family members, modes of transportation, etc.)
  • produce Italian with enough grammatical accuracy and accurate pronunciation to be comprehensible to an Italian speaker accustomed to speaking with non-natives.


  • Attendance and participation 5%
  • Online assignments homework 5%
  • 2 Compositions 10%
  • 2 short in-class exams (2x15%) 30%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Final Oral Exam (in-class) 20%


Please note: Failure to complete any of the major assignments may result in failure of the course. 



Percorsi” – digital program, available through https://lingrolearning.com/

Please NOTE that an electronic device (ideally laptop or tablet, potentially smartphone) will be needed for program access. Hard copy textbooks can be rented from the publisher or purchased second hand. 

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.