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ITAL 121 Italian I • 5 Cr.


Introduces the fundamentals of vocabulary and grammar focusing on the development of four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills. Various aspects of Italian culture are presented. Format includes extensive audio and internet usage. After successful completion, students are encouraged to continue with ITAL 122.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify Italian alphabet and numbers
  • Identify cognates
  • Recognize and reproduce combinations sounds of vowels and consonants
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and expressions for introductions, greetings, farewells
  • Address different people, inquire where they are from, and ask for addresses and phone numbers
  • Discuss geography and the city
  • Express dates and identify days of the week, months, and seasons
  • Discuss the weather
  • Ask what and where things are
  • Describe states of being using appropriate adjectives
  • Discuss university life, classrooms objects, and subject majors
  • Tell own age and telling time
  • Express likes and dislikes
  • Describe people and things
  • Talk about the family
  • Describe a home and its furnishings
  • Do errands, discuss money: prices, change, and specify quantities
  • Express possession
  • Talk about what one has to do, want to do, and can do
  • Talk about past actions and events
  • Talk about food shopping
  • Avoid redundancies using direct object pronouns
  • Deduce meaning from context and word association
  • Create simple affirmative and negative statements both orally and in writing
  • Formulate questions
  • Demonstrate recognition of gender and number of nouns with noun-adjective agreement
  • Formulate questions producing proper intonation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parts of speech
  • Identify the geography of Italy and be able to discuss four regions and cities
  • Compare Italy school system to US.
  • Use a bilingual dictionary
  • Apply listening and reading strategies to deduce meaning from context
  • Follow simple directions and instructions given orally or in writing
  • Compose dialogues both in writing and orally in a natural way without resorting to translation
  • Use proper Internet resources to enhance the learning of the target language
  • Locate, recognize, and discuss four regions of Italy and their cities



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3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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