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ITAL-101-57316 - Elementary Italian 101 - Andrea L. Davis

Course:Elementary Italian 101
Professor:Andrea L. Davis
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Benvenuti nella classe di Italiano 101! Elementary Italian 101: 2021FA: 57316

I am Professoressa Andrea Davis, your "tour guide" on our journey through Italy this fall.

The most important things to know about this class:

1) You will have fun and make new friends! Yes, albeit remotely, but I will break the class into discussion groups to create skits, dialogues, and cultural presentations, as well as having you practice together regularly. Recent Italian videos, news, and film clips will be a part of our lessons.

2) You will be an active part of each lesson! This is not a lecture class. Your attendance is mandatory at every scheduled class time. Everyone contributes to learning the language together. I will call on you frequently because this class is about learning to speak the language, not just reading and writing. You will be asked to keep your video on during class and stay present. We'll take breaks, so invest in that espresso machine now so we can all enjoy un caffè insieme! (a coffee together)

3) You will need to schedule several hours of study/homework time into your work week. Che bello! Homework is essential to learning the language and passing the weekly quizzes, the midterm, and the final exam. Your homework grade is the largest percentage of your final grade. Because of this, those who don't do the homework don't pass the class. Your commitment to jumping fully into learning Italian this semester is your passport to an A in the class. You will be so proud of yourself if you work hard, and your efforts will be rewarded when you find yourself having a conversation with an Italian and on your travels to Italy in the near future!

Course Description

In this class, you will develop language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in Italian 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. We will accomplish all this through online instruction - both synchronous (via Zoom at our scheduled meeting times) and asynchronous (doing online exercises in the digital workbook MindTap, projects, and written assignments). The class will utilize both Canvas and MindTap to accompany your PIAZZA textbook, as well as audio and videos to help with pronunciation, comprehension and cultural resources.

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.

What to Expect in this Course

Homework will be assigned after every class. Homework will consist of exercises in MindTap, writing and video Assignments and Discussions in Canvas, and short practice quizzes in Canvas. Expect to put aside at least three to four hours per week for homework and studying outside of class.

Projects: You will do one online Italian cultural presentation in English and several dialogues and short presentations in Italian.

Technology required: a computer with microphone and webcam (webcam required only for exams), Zoom application/account.

Zoom classes, Assignments, Syllabus, Course Calendar, and Messaging with your class and the Professoressa will take place through Canvas - you will be required to check Canvas regularly for new messages and assignments.

Types of Assessments

There will be two midterms and one final exam. There will also be chapter tests and short quizzes in Canvas. Assignments will include compositions and videos as well as Discussions.

Textbook Information

Textbook and online subscription: Cengage's MindTap for "Piazza 2nd Edition"*

*Purchase the package ONLY through COC bookstore or through our Canvas portal. Your subscription to MindTap must be connected to your registration in this course. Do not purchase the Piazza textbook separate from the online platform, MindTap. 

How to purchase the MindTap/Piazza course materials: Log into Canvas, open our course and go to the "Getting Started" module. You will find instructions and a link to Cengage through which to buy the course materials. You may alternatively get the 14 day free trial if you're not ready to purchase yet.

Other Relevant Course Information

What to do now? Between now and our first class on August 24:

1) Got to and click on the Canvas icon at the top of the page. Then log into Canvas.

2) Click on your course, Elementary Italian 101: 2021FA: 57316.

3) Read the first modules and get the course materials. Go to the Home Page to begin reading the introductory modules of this course. There you will find all the information you need to get started.

4) Attend the first day of Zoom class: On August 24 at 2:25pm, log into our course in Canvas, and in the navigation panel on the left side of the screen, click on Zoom and you will find the Zoom link to our first class.

Communication with Professoressa Davis: Use the Messaging tool in Canvas. I will respond to Canvas messages and COC email messages within 24 hours on weekdays. I will not be available on weekends. Once class begins, contact me only through the Canvas messaging system, unless you have a technical issue with Canvas (in which case you may email me on my email).

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.

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Last updated: 08/17/2021 Sub#: 530