Sunday, April 04, 2010

Italian Classes Fall 2010
( Classes begin August 23, 2010)
Registration dates: June 28-August 21

Italian 101 Online, Italian 101 Onsite, Italian 102 Online. 
(Italian 103 Online, Italian 104 Online may be offered in spring of 2011)

3 classes available at Allan Hancock College

Allan Hancock College offers Elementary  Italian online. Italian 101 online (Elementary Italian) and Italian 102 online (Elementary Italian). Open to qualified high school students. These Italian courses online have been offered for the past several years. More information is found below.

*Italian 101, Elementary Italian, Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (No prerequisite)
*Italian 101, Elementary Italian, Online Course (No prerequisite)
*Italian 102 Online, Elementary Italian, Online Course (Prerequisite: One semester of Italian or equivalent)
  • Be sure to provide the College your current e-mail address when you register.
  • Click HERE for  more registration information.
Classes begin August 23, 2010

Questions? Scroll down and read the FAQ. If you still have questions, call Domenico Maceri, PhD, (805) 922-6966 ext. 3422 OR e-mail

or Skype 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Italian 101 and Italian 102 are an introduction to the language.  Italian 103 & 104 (Intermediate Italian) reviews the grammatical structure introduced in 101 and 102, expands vocabulary, offers practice in writing. All courses include aspects of Italian culture.
NUMBER OF UNITS: Italian 101, Italian 102, Italian 103, and Italian 104 are five semester units.
Italian 101 and Italian 102: Prego! by Graziana Lazzarino et al., seventh edition (ISBN -13: 978-0-0-7-353526-5) 2008, and Laboratory Manual to Accompany Prego!, Lazzarino et. al, seventh edition, 2008 (ISBN-978-0-07-326669-5). Grammar Workbook for Introductory Italian, by Domenico Maceri, 2006 (ISBN-978-0-07-353664-4) OR the second edition with the same title (ISBN- 978-0078039263).

Required for Italian 101 and 102 online and onsite classes. Make sure you get the seventh edition.

The grammar workbook is required for Italian 101 and 102 online and onsite classes. You can choose the first edition.....
the second edition

Required for Italian 101 and 102 online classes.
The workbook  to accompany Prego is NOT used in the onsite classes nor the online ones. 
Italian 103 and Italian 104 (Intermediate Italian): Da capo, 6th edition, Moneti & Lazzarino 2007 (ISBN 1-4130-1862-9).
Required for Italian 103 and 104 classes.
USED BOOKS: You may buy used or new books. However, make sure that you get the right edition. The registration code in the inside cover of Prego! is no longer necessary to use the web site.
BUYING TEXTBOOKS: Books are available through the Allan Hancock College Bookstore (on site or online) as well as through other outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). If you buy books from the Internet, keep in mind that it takes at least a week to receive them. Thus order early so you you receive them by the times school starts.
MATERIAL COVERED: Italian 101: We will cover the first half of the material in your textbook, workbook, and your lab manual. The second half of your textbook, workbook, and your lab manual will be covered in Italian 102.
Italian 103: We will cover the first half of the textbook . Italian 104:We will cover the second half of the textbook.
TRANSFERING CREDITS TO FOUR-YEAR C0LLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Italian 101, Italian 102, Italian 103, and Italian 104 credits transfer and articulate to four-year colleges and universities. Check with a counselor at Allan Hancock College and/or with the institution you plan to transfer the credits to make sure.
LANGUAGE LAB: The Language Lab at the Santa Maria Campus is a useful resource. It includes Italian language television (RAI International) as well as Internet access. Staff members may be able to help you learn Italian. A list of activities and resources is available HERE . Click on Italian Lab. The Lab can also duplicate the audio which accompanies the Lab Manual free of charge. You will need to provide blank CDs.
PASS / NO PASS Courses are available for letter grades (A,B, C, D, F) or a Pass / No Pass basis.  Pass / No Pass means that instead of getting a letter grade on your transcript, you will get P (Pass) or NP (No Pass). You will get P if you receive a grade of C or higher, NP for a grade of D or F.
TUTORING: You can meet with an Italian tutor in the Tutorial Center at the Santa Maria Campus to get extra oral or written practice. To schedule a session with a tutor, call Donna Bishop at 922-6966 ext. 3767 or e-mail her at Be SURE you talk to Donna. Tutoring is free of charge.
FEES: Current fees are $20 per unit for California residents. Non California residents and international students need to also pay $181 per unit (Italian 101, 102, 103, and 104 are five units each). Other minor fees may apply. See the latest information on fees in the schedule of classes at the Allan Hancock College web site.
FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid is available in the Financial Aid Office.
ACCREDITATION: Allan Hancock College is fully accredited.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Junior and Senior High school students residing in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties may qualify to take classes at Allan Hancock College.  Complete information is available at the College Site
(Quick Links, College Now, etc.).  Here is a quick list of how to register:
1. Fill out the College Now! Petition for Enrollement form (click HERE for form) and bring it to the Admission and Records Office. If you live far away, call  (805-922-6966 ext. 3248) and ask if you can fax it (fax number: 805-922-3477).
2. Take the  placement test (START test). Info on the STAR test is available HERE. The test may be taken at the Santa Maria or Lompoc Campus.  Students unable to come to one of these two campuses may be able to do it near their place of residence. Click HERE for info.
3.  Apply for Admission (online).
4. Register for your class (online or in person).

For more information contact the Admission and Records Office (805-922-6966 ext. 3248) or the Counseling Department at (805-922-6966 ext. 3633).


COURSES OFFERED ONLINE: Italian 101 Online (Elementary 1) , Italian 102 Online (Elementary 2), Italian 103 & 104 Online (Intermediate Italian).
FINAL EXAMS: The final exam includes a written and an oral part. The exam will be held at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. For those students living outside of the area, arrangements can be made to take the exam elsewhere.
PROCTORS: Students not able to come to Santa Maria for the final exams (written and oral) can arrange to have the final proctored near their place of residence. Proctors typically are educators (high school teachers or college professors), librarians, officials at a college testing center, military officers, consular officers, etc. Proctors do not need to know Italian. Contact the instructor for more information about arranging a proctor.
ATTENDANCE: No class attendance is required, but there will many opportunities to communicate with the instructor. E-mail communication, instant messaging, and phone conversation will be used to carry out instruction. For those students living near the Santa Maria Campus, face-to-face meetings can be arranged. Contact the instructor for more information.

ORAL WORK: Oral work is handled in several ways. To begin with students are required to listen and respond to the audio at the TEXTBOOK web site and do the corresponding exercises in the Lab Manual. Additional audio made by the instructor is available at the Blackboard site (log in a few days before classes start). The College also provides tutoring free of charge. The instructor is also available for one-on-one practice sessions in Santa Maria, on the phone, and also via web cam (Skype: domenico.maceri ). Small groups practice sessions with the instructor can also be arranged in the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo areas. Oral work is tested once every three weeks by means of mini oral interviews and also at the end of the term in the final exam which includes both a written and an oral component.
ORIENTATION: An optional orientation will take place the week before classes start. It will be held at the Santa Maria Campus. Students not familiar with Blackboard are highly encouraged to attend. The date for the orientation is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 10-11 a.m. in Room "C" 31.

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU? Although online courses are practical in many ways, they are not necessarily easier than traditional courses. Because they take place outside of the traditional classroom, they may involve more work. Online classes are convenient, but one should not confuse convenience with ease. Also, not everyone is cut out for online courses. Below are a set of questions to help you decide whether online classes are for you:
  • Can you learn at your own pace independently?
  • Are you self-motivated and able to work with little supervision?
  • Are you a disciplined individual?
  • Are you familiar and comfortable with computers?
  • Can you get out of a computer jam on your own? (Or do you have a very good "friend" who could help you?)
  • Do you have an electronic mail [email] account?
  • Do you know how to send and receive attachments via email?
  • Are you familiar and comfortable surfing the Internet?
  • Would you be able to find information on your own using the Internet?
  • Are you familiar with the Copy and Paste commands in your word processor?
  • Do you have a high speed cable  or DSL Internet connection?
Learning Languages Online
Can you learn a language online? When you think of a language, you think of oral skills but of course language learning requires speaking, understanding, reading, writing and culture. There is little concern about learning reading and writing in an online environment. It’s the oral part that sometimes causes concern and may give second thoughts to taking a language class online. Yet, it’s not just possible to learn the oral aspect online; indeed for some people it can work even better than in a regular classroom. Oral work is handled in a number of ways in an online situation. To begin with, audio is available at the site accompanying the textbook. This is the same audio one listens with a CD or an audiocassette. In many ways it’s better because one can easily download it and put on an I-pod or similar type of player and listen to it at leisure in many places. Oral work is also supplemented by special recordings made by the instructor. These recordings can also be added to an I-pod. Of course, a good online class also has opportunities to meet with the instructor for practice sessions in person and tutors. Some of these practice sessions can also be handled on the phone and via computer by means of web cams. Online language learning is not for everyone, but for many people it can work very well. It requires discipline and dedication. Try it!