Italian Class Syllabusfor all levels of ItalianProfessoressa Carla Forchini, Rm. 216
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Santa Rosa High School World Language Department
Italian Class Syllabus
Professoressa Carla Forchini, Rm. 216

Get connected! As part of this class, you will be encouraged to participate in the following educational based websites and apps:

IT Corso Online (AP Italian students only)
Google Classroom (student-teacher forum used for posting questions/comments, posting assignments, submitting assignments, downloading resources, etc.)
Quizlet (website and app to review vocab)
Remind (text message service for students)
Word Reference (online Italian dictionary)
Duolingo (online Italian tutorial)
Seesaw (online student work portfolio)
Ms. Forchini’s Google Voice number (for recording/submitting audio files)
Ms. Forchini’s Wikispace - the ultimate hub for parents and students, with links to everything you need to be successful in this class!

Textbook and Materials
Oggi in Italia
Binder with dividers
Spiral Notebook for warm-ups, note-taking and journal writing
Pens (black or blue ink only)
Pencils, markers, highlighters, erasers

Course Description, Goals and Objectives
The SRHS Italian World Language curriculum is a performance and proficiency-based curriculum designed to develop learners’ communication skills and intercultural competencies. These skills and competencies prepare students to interact with people in our nation and around the world, as well as interpret and use information from global sources.

Course Content
Level 1 Italian: Units 1-7
It’s Nice to Meet You, Getting to Know You, Going to School, What do you like to do, Hanging Out, Family, Let’s Eat!
Level 2 Italian: Units 7-11
Clothing & Fashion, Entertainment Trends, Home and Hospitality, Health and Fitness, Celebrations
Level 3, 4 and AP : 6 AP Themes/Units
Personal Identity, Beauty & Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, Family & Communities, Science & Technology, Global Challenges

World language proficiency is assessed through performance, that is, by how learners apply the language they are studying in meaningful, culturally authentic and real-life situations. Multiple forms of formative, or snap- shot, assessment occur daily in the world language classroom through a variety of activities. Teacher observation, learner self-assessment and reflection also play a role in formative assessment and allow teachers to give feedback that improves learning. Summative--end of thematic unit and semester final exams are handled through integrated performance assessments (IPAs), which are 3 tasks (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) related around a common scenario or project.

A language learner’s performance is reported on a proficiency scale.

All grades are posted on the Home Access Center, and updated on Wednesdays.
__Home Access Center__ __

Grading Categories
60% Formal Assessment
-Interpersonal Tasks (Speaking, Writing)
-Interpretive Tasks (Reading, Listening)
-Presentational Tasks (Speaking, Writing)
30% Informal Assessment
-Classwork/Class Participation
10% Using Italian in Class
-Speaking in Italian with teacher and classmates

There are 4 quarters per school year, or 2 semesters.The grading period starts at the beginning of each quarter. Quarter grades are averaged into a final semester grade twice a year- in December and May. Only the semester grade appears on a student’s official transcript.

Class Participation
Class participation is a key component in practicing your communicative skills, which are essential in language proficiency. Participation involves more than just raising your hand.
Students have to be attentive, participate in partner activities, speak the target language formally and informally, and come to class prepared.

Classroom Etiquette
Be Prompt, Be Prepared, Be Productive, Be Positive, Be Polite
Classroom Management
  • No cell phone use without specific permission from the teacher.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in Room 216.
  • After-school detention is assigned after the second tardy.
  • Each student will receive 2 bathroom passes per quarter.
  • Personal grooming is not allowed in class.
  • Please refrain from the use of heavy perfume, including AXE before entering Room 216.

Student Responsibility
I. The following constitutes cheating in my class:
  1. Giving or receiving information on assessments
  2. Using any type of unapproved aide during formal or informal assessments (electronic devices, cheat sheets etc.)
  3. Copying information from another student’s assessments, quizzes, homework or projects.
  4. Discussing content material with students who have not yet taken an assessment.
  5. Parental help beyond that of assistance.
  6. Talking during an assessment.
  7. Plagiarism: Copying the essential character of another’s work, whether visual or written, and submitting it as your own.

II. Consequences for your actions:
  1. I will have a conversation with your parent or guardian.
  2. Your counselor and assistant principal will be notified.
  3. You will not receive credit for the work that was compromised.
  4. You will have to work hard to earn my trust again.
All current assignments and activities are posted on Google Classroom and updated daily.
Credit for late work and make-up assessments will be given to students with excused absences only. No work will be accepted at the end of a grading period (last day of the quarter, last week of the semester, etc.)

Scheduling Make-ups and Re-taking of Assessments
You may make-up missed assessments or retake assessments by scheduling a time with Ms. Forchini on most days, during lunch, in room 216.

For extra help, tutoring is available upon request.