Conditions of Use
The text has an index and not a glossary. Also the topics are divided in two modules: (1) Lezioni di lingua per intermedio I, and (2) Lezioni di lingua per intermedio II. The second module si not comprehensive as the first one and misses many... read more
The text has an index and not a glossary. Also the topics are divided in two modules: (1) Lezioni di lingua per intermedio I, and (2) Lezioni di lingua per intermedio II. The second module si not comprehensive as the first one and misses many grammatical points, for example how to express the future in the past or the use of connectors with the subjunctive. The second module needs to be improved in depth and length.
The text is accurate and error-free.
The existing chapters are relevant for the study of Italian grammar at intermediate level of proficiency. I would add chapters on syntax such as analysis of parts of a sentence (subject, predicate, object, direct object) and sentence structure (the construction of simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences).
It uses simple and clear explanations. It provides clarifications to technical words. For example: "First of all: what is a direct object? Anything that can answer the questions What? and Who? is a direct object, as in Compro i peperoni and Oggi vedo mia sorella, where peperoni and mia sorella are direct objects of the verbs comprare and vedere."
The text is consistent in terms of terminology and framework. It implements a deductive approach to grammar study: it involves the learners being given a general rule, which is then applied to specific language examples. It provides colored boxes for examples and grey boxes or white tables for grammar rules.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course. It could be reorganized easily.
The organization mimic the chapter sequence used in traditional foreign language textbooks, but does not gather the chapters in grammar or function categories. So the index topics are not easy to determine.
The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. The domains covered are food, family and travels in Italy.
This is an excellent auxiliary Italian grammar book. I would use this textbook in my courses but I would need to add more chapters or add information in the existing chapters of the second section titled "Lezioni di lingua per intermedio II".
Table of Contents
- I. Lezioni di lingua per intermedio I
- II. Lezioni di lingua per intermedio II
About the Book
Welcome to Spunti: italiano intermedio – a unique program, authored by the Italian faculty of Muhlenberg College, that takes the place of a traditional language textbook. Spunti is a fully designed course that a college instructor of Italian can use and adapt.
About the Contributors
Daniela Viale, Muhlenberg College