Friday, January 10, 2014


Spring 2014
Italian Classes 
Early Registration is Advised
Schedule Available Online: 11-4-13
Registration Dates: 11-23-13---1-20-14
Classes Begin: 1-21-14
and  end 5-20-2014
Italian 101 Online Full-Wait List 
(New 101 online in summer 2014)
Italian 101 Onsite Full-Wait List
(Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) 
(New class T/Th 101 in fall 2014)

Italian 102 Online-Open 
Italian 103 Online-Open
Italian 104 Online-Open
Click on the links below or on the upper right corner for more info. If the links don't work on your browser, scroll down this page.

Apply and Register
Learning Languages Online 

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Apply and Register/Prerequisites

Apply for Admission
& Register
You need to apply for admission and then you may register (HERE). If you’re registering for Italian 102, 103, and 104, read about prerequisites below.


Prerequisites are enforced (Ital 101 for 102, 102 for 103, and 103 for 104). Students who did not take the prerequisite at Allan Hancock College are advised to begin the registration process early.  It takes at least a few weeks to evaluate transcripts. Info at the Admission and Records Office (805-922-6966 Ext. 3248). 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014


Italian 101 and Italian 102

1) Prego! by Graziana Lazzarino et al., eighth edition (ISBN -13: 978-0073386256) 2011

 2) 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).

Book Covers
Required for Italian 101, 102 online and onsite classes. Make sure you get the eighth edition (Italian 101 and 102 classes). 

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

OR... the first edition

Italian 103 and Italian 104 
 (Intermediate Italian): Da capo, 7th edition, Morena, Melucci, Moneti, Lazzarino 2007 (ISBN 978-1428262744).

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. You may check the pictures also. The access 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 and workbook. The second half of your textbook and workbook 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.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014



MATERIAL COVERED: Italian 101: We will cover the first half of the material in your textbook and workbook. The second half of your textbook and workbook 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.

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  922-6966 ext. 3767.  Tutoring is free of charge.

FEES: Current fees are $46  per unit for California residents. Non California residents and international students need to also pay $190 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.

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).

TESTS/ EXAMS:  The evaluation  includes homework, posts in Blackboard, online quizzes, mini oral interviews (in person or via Skype), a written and an oral final exam. The written 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)  may  take their finals at a testing center near their place of residence.

ATTENDANCE:  You can take the class remotely. Students have taken Italian online form many states  and a few even from other countries. 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. 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 or via Oovoo (similar to SKype). 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: All the information will be available online at the Blackboard site which will be  open a  few days before the first day of instruction. An optional orientation the week before classes start may be arranged with the instructor for those students not familiar with Blackboard. The orientation may also be done  via Skype.
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?   
  •  Apply and Register/Prerequisites
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Monday, January 06, 2014

Learning Languages Online

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.  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 (Skype,  or via Oovoo). Online language learning is not for everyone, but for many people it can work very well. It requires discipline and dedication. Try it!
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Sunday, January 05, 2014


Questions? After reading the info at the site, if you still have questions, contact Domenico Maceri, PhD.
In person is best, but Skype is the next  and most effective way to reach me.
Skype: domenico.maceri 

Telephone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3422
 Skype is highly recommended for Italian online. (Free from the Internet)