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ITAL-101 - Elementary Italian 1 - José Ángel Alonso Pastor

Course:Elementary Italian 1
Professor:José Ángel Alonso Pastor
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


My name is José Ángel Alonso  and I will facilitate your learning experience in this Elementary Italian 1 online course. The format is 5-week 100% online. Most students do very well in online courses because they are focused and are determined to complete the course work. Students who excel in ITAL101 show their resourcefulness by first, developing their self-reliability, taking charge of their learning, and always completing their weekly work. The course work includes exams and quizzes; attend ALL the Live Stream SYNCHRONOUS assignments; make sure you can fulfill all technical requirements.

Course Description

In this class, students will develop language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing within a cultural context with a strong emphasis on communication. The course emphasizes acquisition of vocabulary, structures, and grammatical patterns necessary for comprehension and production of spoken and written Italian at the beginning level.

This course is taught in Italian. This course corresponds to the first and second years of high school Italian. Not appropriate for native or heritage speakers.

You will develop linguistic and cultural proficiency at the novice mid-level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines. This course is taught in Italian. 


What to Expect in this Course

There are two components to this class:

1) Canvas, the Course Management System that houses Announcements, Modules, Discussions and other activities. Log into Canvas at on the first scheduled day of class. Login information and helpful guides are provided on the Canvas website. 

2) MindTap, the Learning Management System that houses your electronic Communication Manual (Piazza); here you will find course materials, tutorials, exams, quizzes, the gradebook, and more. 

In Canvas, the content is delivered in Modules. Click first on Announcements and then Modules every time you log into Canvas to find out what’s due and when. Most work is available for one week and is usually due 11:59pm, Sundays. You will read brief instructional lessons, watch grammar-related videos, and write posts to Discussions in Canvas.

  In Mindtap, you will complete several assignments each week. Late work is not accepted, and assignments cannot be made up. Most deadlines are 11:59pm Sunday nights; click on Announcements each week (in Canvas) to view updates and/or any changes to the schedule. 

In an online college course, you have a lot of control over how much you want to learn. This is a somewhat fast-paced course; you will complete the equivalent of two years of high school Italian in just sixteen weeks. Plan to devote 5-10 hours each week studying grammar and vocabulary; completing online assignments and assessments in iLrn; posting comments in the Canvas Discussions; collaborating with your small group on the research project; and preparing your own individual presentation on a topic of interest to you. 

Class Project   

Students in a group of two will present a subject of their choice to the class. The project will require an audiovisual (power point), and a one-page handout (for peers) with pertinent information. It can be on any subject of historical, artistic and cultural relevance (i.e., a region of Italy, a city, an historical figure, an artist, or, a topic of general interest such as fashion, literature, sport, food, or simply a grammar demonstration) This presentation (10-15 minutes max) shall be done in English, but Italian words and “expressions” should be included and explained to the class. You will find detailed instructions and a rubric in Canvas Modules several weeks before the due date. 



Types of Assessments

Chapter tests, written and speaking assignments on Canvas and Mindtap, midterm and final (proctored).

Textbook Information

Piazza (Second Edition) - Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi, sold at the bookstore or directly online: (link TBA in Canvas). 


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 113