- Active participation to class activities through attendance, discussion, reading and writing: 10%
This implies that students must attend regularly, be on time, participate lively to all activities, be attentive in class and well-prepared (with homework completed) for in-class work/discussion. Students are also required to use Italian language during all activities. The attempt at speaking/practicing the target language will be considered positively, while the consistent use of English will have a negative impact on the participation %. Language mistakes during class activities will not effect the grade.
Attendance policy: In an emergency necessitating an absence, the instructor/the staff must be notified. Absences are considered excused ONLY in the following cases: (a) illness - a medical certificate issued on/before the day the student missed class must be submitted to and cleared by the instructor or the Academic Advisor; (b) unpredictable serious personal events - family members visiting is NOT considered a serious personal event; (c) IES/outside institution overlapping academic activities. 1 unexcused absence will not effect the final grade. Starting from the 2nd unexcused absence for reasons other than those listed above, each absence will result in the loss of 5 points/100, and the participation grade (10%) will be adjusted consequently. For ex., 3 unexcused absences = 90/100 in the participation %. Please note that an absence on a 3-hour class will account for 2 missed classes.
An unexcused absence on the scheduled day of an exam results in a grade of 0% for that exam.
PLEASE NOTE : Flight and travelling plans before/during/after class time will not be accepted as excused absences. Make sure that all flight/train reservations will allow you to be present at the scheduled class time.
- Satisfactory completion of homework assignments: 10%
Following each class students must review/memorize the material presented in class, and complete the assignments. Homework is not graded, unless differently specified. If it is unsatisfactory, students will be required to revise it. Uncompleted homework will result in the loss of 2 points/100 per assignment. Cinema: students are required to watch 2 Italian movies: 1 at the theater/cinema, 1 on DVD among the titles recommended by the teacher. Home assignments will follow (4 points each).
Students are always required to be up-to-date with class work. They must read about homework and material assigned or covered in class by linking daily to the class web site or asking a class-mate/the teacher, expecially if they miss class. In this case, it is their precise responsibility to obtain all the information about the material covered. In case of an absence, assignments due must be submitted anyway on the following class.
Participation to 1 GUEST LECTURE is mandatory, a written report will be required. 1 other can be chosen by the student among those recommended by the teacher for the intercultural activity or for extra credit. Lectures will take place from 5.30 to 7.00 pm (day to be decided). Information will follow in class.
- Completion of 3 tests, Mid-Term/Final Exams, and 1 oral presentation: 70%. See calendar at the bottom and write the dates in your agenda.
- Intercultural Activities: 10%
Have you been to the popular San Siro Stadium for an Inter – Milan AC match? Film your experience and make the whole class participate! Intercultural competence is one of the most relevant skills when learning a foreign language, and intercultural activities are unique opportunities to improve your language level using direct experiences from real life in Italy. Students are required to participate in and report on no less than 3 extracurricular activities. Hints will be provided in class or posted on the class site. The activities must be presented during a 10-minute oral presentation with the support of a self-made video and/or photos, and a glossary of new words/expressions. Presentations will not be graded, they will be evaluated on a Fail/Pass Basis. If they are unsatisfactory the teacher may ask the student to organize another presentation in order to receive all the points. More details in class. Refer to the calendar for deadlines.
TESTS : 70%
Calendar - Intensive
Test 1 10%
Test 2 10%
Test 3 10%
Midterm Exam 15%
Oral Presentations 10%
Final Exam 15%
ASSIGNMENTS: 10 %, including also 2 Film Reports (4 pts each) and a report on 1 Guest Lecture
3 INTERCULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 10%
1 presentation, 1 presentation, 1 report
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION: 10%
Attendance, effort in the use of the language in class and ouside of class, active participation to group discussions.