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:

  • Write in the target language what is heard, answering questions related to the information given by native speakers of the target language.
  • Ask questions with proper intonation and provide general information in the present tense.
  • Deduce meaning about what was read in the target language by making educated guesses using cognates and context to assist in the comprehension process.
  • Create simple yet grammatically correct affirmative, interrogative, and negative sentences using the present tense with few spelling errors.
  • Correctly identify verbs tenses, distinguishing between regular and irregular verbs, and recognize some pronouns categories; produce noun-verb and noun-adjective agreement, and distinguish formal and informal situations; recognize and accurately use nouns, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.
  • Identify basic cultural information introduced in theme-specific vocabulary, photographs, and authentic video material centered on the world of the target language.
  • Explain in the first language both differences and similarities between the cultures of the first and target languages.