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Ital 127 B: Beginning Conversational Italian

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 4:20pm
THO 235
Sabrina Tatta

Syllabus Description:


Italian 127 Course Description

Introduction to Survival Italian Language Skills Spring 2018 Ital

127 A is MW 2:30-3:20pm in THO 331


Ital 127B is T Thu, 3:30-4:20pm in THO 235



Instructor:       Sabrina Tatta Office:            PDL C252 Office hours:  

Office hours: 9:00-5:00pm M-Th by appointment only

To schedule an appointment, please go here:


Phone:             206-616-5366
 I. Course Description

Italian 127 is a 2 credit graded Italian survival language course. We will meet two times per week for a total of 19 lessons. The MW class has a Monday holiday in May (May28th). The Tue/Thu class has a Tue holiday in May (May 29th).

II. Goals and Learning Outcomes

Italian 127 is designed to introduce students to enough Italian language basics as to make the navigation of service-oriented situations in Italy easier. Service-oriented situations include, but are not limited to, how to order in a coffee shop, a restaurant, a super-market deli, in a gelateria or pizzeria, and how to purchase bus tickets in a train station or from a news-stand. Once students learn the rules of pronunciation, basic verb structures and some vocabulary, we will practice and memorize service-oriented dialogues in particular. Students will also learn how to call for help in case of emergency or distress.

In addition to learning how to navigate service-oriented situations it is the goal of this course to help you learn a form of linguistic etiquette that will help you be better guests in your host-nation. Demonstrating a respect and understanding of the host culture and language should make for a better experience all around.

III. Required Course Material: The Italian Reader (Survival Italian 127).

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(206) 632-2523  M-F 7:30am-9:00pm and Sat-Sun 9:30am-6:00pm

IV. Overall Structure of the Course

  • Drills (of numbers, verbs, the alphabet, vocabulary)
  • In class skits (to practice service-oriented situations)
  • Question/answer session

V. Course Requirements

Students are required to participate in group and class skits, complete assigned homework, and take the midterm and the final exam. Students are expected to attend class, memorize assigned vocabulary and skit dialogues, complete assignments, ask questions, and prepare for skits on time (before coming to class).

Homework Graded homework will be assigned throughout the course. Check your syllabus. If the assignment has an *asterisk symbol (*) please be sure to hand the assignment in to me for a grade. Some homework assignments are assigned multiple times for extra practice (numbers in particular).

Examinations We will have a midterm May 8th (Tue/Thu) and May 9th (Mon/Wed class). The final exam will include an in-class skit the last week of class and a comprehensive take home exam due by June 4th.

VI. Course Policies

The examinations must be taken as scheduled on the syllabus handed out in class or as announced in class. Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.

Students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the instructor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the quarter. 


VII.     Assessment and Grading

Students will be evaluated on homework assignments, skits and two examinations. The homework assignments will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100, reflecting percent of possible points earned. Grades will be assigned using the following weights:

Weekly Skits   40%     Homework      20%

Midterm          20%     Final Skit         10%  Written Final    10%

GRADED COURSE: This is a 2 credit graded course. Students can opt into the S/NS option and earn an S if they earn a 2.0 or better and a NS if they earn below a 2.0. The S and the NS do not affect overall GPA.

SUGGESTIONS for students interested in Italian:

Italian 127 is not a pre-requisite course for other Italian language or content courses and is designed for students going abroad to Rome on programs that do not offer a language component. The French and Italian Studies department does offer summer and year-long language courses for you to consider! For example:

Consider taking Italian 134 in summer 2018.

Or in fall, winter, and spring consider Italian 101, 102, 103 (5 credits, 5 credits, 5 credits) VLPA or FL requirement (cannot be used for both).

If you take 101,102,103 you’ll earn 15 cr of VLPA or FL requirement (cannot be used for both).

Winter quarter Italian 111 (101 and 102 combined) for 10 credits. Italian 103 can be taken abroad in spring through a departmental program or on the UW Seattle campus. Upon completion of 103 you have 15 cr of VLPA. Without the completion of 103 you have elective credit.

*Apply for the $15,000.00 FLAS Fellowship to continue taking Italian. Fellowships are awarded to students of Italian every year.

Catalog Description: 
Development of beginning-level Italian conversational skills through class discussions and oral presentations. Topics vary. Not open to native speakers.
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 10:11pm