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Ciao!, 8th Edition

  • Carla Larese Riga Santa Clara University
  • Irene Phillips Santa Clara University
  • ISBN-10: 1133604226  |  ISBN-13: 9781133604228
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2003
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $204.00
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CIAO! continues to set the standard for interactive, flexible introductory Italian instruction with its state-of-the-art online technology package. Not only is this course entirely portable to accommodate the demands of a busy life, it features exciting new capabilities that allow students to share links, photos, and videos, as well as to comment on those posted by their fellow classmates. The eighth edition is distinguished by several new resources and updates that promote the acquisition of Italian language and culture in accordance with the National Standards for Foreign Language Education. Communicative goals are established at the start of each chapter to provide students with clearly defined objectives as they work through the content, while skill-building strategies and interactive activities help them achieve those goals. The all-new "Regioni d'Italia" section establishes a thematic thread that is maintained throughout the chapter and provides plenty of opportunities to make cross-cultural comparisons even within the regions of Italy itself. CIAO!'s fully-updated authentic readings, cultural snapshots, videos, and activities engage students in deeper exploration of the vibrant life of modern-day Italy and the country's rich cultural heritage. Each chapter now ends with a thorough "Ripasso" to ensure student success. Now more than ever, CIAO! provides an all-in-one grammar and vocabulary program that allows students to communicate in Italian with confidence and gives them a unique cultural perspective on an ever-changing Italy.

Features and Benefits

  • Offering unparalleled flexibility, practice, and support, the newly enhanced iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center all-in-one diagnostic, tutorial, assessment, assignment, and course-management system contains everything students need to master the skills and concepts of the course. It includes diagnostic self-study tools, an audio- and video-enhanced eBook, brand new video cultural modules, an interactive VoiceBoard, and numerous grammar tutorial videos. The new Share It! feature enables sharing and uploading of files, such as videos, for assignments and projects. Share It! also allows students to comment and rate their classmates' uploaded material.
  • CIAO! engages students in learning the four basic language skills through active and practical use of Italian.
  • Richly illustrated, thematically organized chapters with grammatical and lexical structures supporting each chapter's theme, offer a unified approach that makes language learning more effective. Chapter grammar, vocabulary, and thematic emphasis reinforce and build on one another.
  • Video segments invite students to take advantage of thematically appropriate video segments. These engaging segments and accompanying activities can be found online at the text's Premium Website or in the iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center Video Library and integrated into the iLrn interactive e-book.
  • "Vedute d'italia" cultural/reading sections offer a fresh perspective on an ever-changing Italian life. These high-interest, accessible readings provide varied, up-to-the-minute perspectives on stimulating and diverse topics, such as Italian fashion, films, food, and cuisine; education and students' experience in the job market; immigration and the challenges of a multiethnic society; and families and social change.
  • Step-by-step writing strategies in the "scriviamo" section give students hands-on guidance in implementing key grammar and vocabulary points with accuracy as they work on a variety of creative-writing tasks. These valuable strategies also inform students about the cultural implications of writing style, organization, and structure.
  • Highly visual grammar sections introduce new structures with an illustration to highlight the linguistic concepts. Concise, often-illustrated explanations follow in English. "Punti grammaticali" topics feature collaborative exercises designed to include student participation from the beginning of each activity set.
  • Clear and concise grammatical explanations make Italian accessible and engaging in the most diverse types of teaching situations and with varied types of learners.

Table of Contents

La pronuncia italiana.
Parole affini per origine.
Communicative goals: Greetings and introductions; Classroom expressions.
Studio di parole: Saluti e espressioni di cortesia; In classe; I numeri da 0 a 49; I giorni della settimana. Adesso leggiamo: Il primo giorno di scuola. Vedute d''Italia: The Italian language and its dialects. Attività video: Buongiorno!
Communicative goals: Asking and giving directions to different places in a city; Asking questions about people and places. Le regioni d''Italia: il Piemonte. Punti di vista: In centro a Bologna. Studio di parole: La città. Ascoltiamo!: In un ufficio turistico. Punti grammaticali: 1.1 Essere; C''è, ci sono e Ecco!; 1.2 Il nome; 1.3 Gli articoli; 1.4 Espressioni interrogative.
Adesso leggiamo!: Cosa c''è in una città? Adesso scriviamo!: Un incontro tra due studenti
Vedute d''Italia: Un benvenuto a tutti! Attività video: Gli Italiani. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Describing someone''s physical appearance and personality; Talking about physical and emotional states. Le regioni d''Italia: La Valle d''Aosta. Punti di vista: Com''ѐ il tuo compagno di stanza? Studio di parole: La descrizione. Ascoltiamo!: La sera della festa.
Punti grammaticali: 2.1 L''aggettivo; 2.2 Buono e bello; 2.3 Avere; 2.4 Frasi idiomatiche con avere. Adesso leggiamo!: Due compagni di stanza. Adesso scriviamo!: La descrizione di una persona. Vedute d''Italia: Tre Italiani famosi. Attività video: Buon compleanno! Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Talking about classes and school; Indicating where people and things are; Describing everyday activities. Le regioni d''Italia: La Lombardia. Punti di vista: Oggi studio per gli esami. Studio di parole: Il sistema italiano degli studi. Ascoltiamo!: In classe.
Punti grammaticali: 3.1 Verbi regolari in –are: il presente; 3.2 Le preposizioni; 3.3 Le preposizioni avverbiali; 3.4 Quale? e che? (Which? and what?). Adesso leggiamo!: Una stanza per Mariella. Adesso scriviamo!: Cerco una stanza. Vedute d''Italia: L''università in Italia.
Attività video: Gli studenti universitari. Ripasso
Communicative goals: Talking about food and eating habits; Ordering food and drinks at a restaurant; Buying groceries; Specifying quantities. Le regioni d''Italia: Il Trentino-Alto Adige.
Punti di vista: Al ristorante. Studio di parole: Pasti e piatti. Ascoltiamo!: Una colazione.
Punti grammaticali: 4.1 Verbi regolari in –ere e –ire: il presente; 4.2 Verbi in –ire con il suffisso –isc-; 4.3 Il partitivo; alcuni, qualche, un po'' di; 4.4 Molto, tanto, troppo, poco, tutto, ogni. Adesso leggiamo!: Una festa di compleanno. Adesso scriviamo!: Il compleanno di un amico/un''amica. Vedute d''Italia: Dove andiamo a mangiare? Attività video: Piatti preferiti.
Communicative goals: Making and receiving phone calls; Talking about computer technology and the Internet; Discussing activities in one''s calendar. Le regioni d''Italia: Il Veneto. Punti di vista: Pronto? Chi parla?. Studio di parole: Il telefono e il computer. Ascoltiamo!: Una telefonata d''affari. Punti grammaticali: 5.1 Verbi irregolari in –are; 5.2 I giorni della settimana; 5.3 Quanto? e i numeri cardinali; 5.4 I mesi e la data. Adesso leggiamo!: La settimana di Antonella. Adesso scriviamo!: Una settimana molto occupata. Vedute d''Italia: Dialetti, accenti, pronuncia. Attività video: Gli Italiani e il telefonino. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Talking about family and family relationships; Describing wishes, obligations and abilities. Le regioni d''Italia: Il Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Punti di vista: Una famiglia numerosa. Studio di parole: L''albero genealogico. Ascoltiamo!: A casa degli zii.
Punti grammaticali: 6.1 Aggettivi e pronomi possessive; 6.2 Verbi irregolari in –ere e in –ire; 6.3 Sapere e conoscere; 6.4 I pronomi diretti. Adesso leggiamo!: Il fidanzamento. Adesso scriviamo!: La descrizione di una famiglia. Vedute d''Italia: La famiglia in Italia. Attività video: La mia famiglia. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Making and discussing travel plans; Describing past events; Telling time. Le regioni d''Italia: La Liguria. Punti di vista: Alla stazione. Studio di parole: Arrivi e partenze. Ascoltiamo!: In treno. Punti grammaticali: 7.1 Il passato prossimo con avere. 7.2 Il passato prossimo con essere. 7.3 L''ora; 7.4 Usi di a, in, da e per. Adesso leggiamo!: Un viaggio di nozze. Adesso scriviamo!: Un viaggio interessante. Vedute d''Italia: Il Rinascimento. Attività video: Le vacanze. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Talking about hotel arrangements; Making bank transactions; Talking about daily routines. Le regioni d''Italia: L''Emilia-Romagna. Punti di vista: Un viaggio d''affari.
Studio di parole: Albergo e banca. Ascoltiamo!: In banca, allo sportello del cambio. Punti grammaticali: 8.1 I verbi rifressivi e reciproci; 8.2 Il passato prossimo con i verbi riflessivi e reciproci; 8.3 I pronomi indiretti. Adesso leggiamo!: A Milano, per affari. Adesso scriviamo!: In partenza. Vedute d''Italia: L''economia in Italia. Attività video: Il mondo degli affari.
Communicative goals: Talking about mass media: television, newspapers and film; Talking about one''s childhood; Describing ongoing and habitual actions in the past; Telling a story in the past. Le regioni d''Italia: La Toscana. Punti di vista: Una serata alla TV. Studio di parole: Stampa, televisione, cinema. Ascoltiamo!: Un weekend al mare. Punti grammaticali: 9.1 L''imperfetto; 9.2 Contrasto tra imperfetto e passato prossimo; 9.3 Il trapassato prossimo; 9.4 Avverbi; Da quanto tempo? Da quando? Adesso leggiamo!: Andiamo al cinema. Adesso scriviamo!: La recensione di un film. Vedute d''Italia: Gli umanoidi del future. Attività video: La television. Ripasso.
10. LA MODA.
Communicative goals: Identifying and describing articles of clothing; talking about shopping for clothes; describing the weather and seasonal activities; giving instructions and commands.
Le regioni d''Italia: L''Umbria. Punti di vista: Che vestiti metto in valigia? Studio di parole: Articoli di abbigliamento. Ascoltiamo!: Che vestiti compriamo? Punti grammaticali: 10.1 L''imperativo familiare; l''imperativo formale; 10.2 L''imperativo con un pronome (diretto, indiretto, riflessivo); 10.3 Aggettivi e pronomi dimostrativi; 10.4 Le stagioni e il tempo.
Adesso leggiamo!: Alla Rinascente. Adesso scriviamo!: Cosa devo portare? Vedute d''Italia: La moda in Italia. Attività video: Quanto costa? Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Describing vacation activities; talking about plans for the future; expressing likes and dislikes. Le regioni d''Itali: Le Marche e la Repubblica di San Marino.
Punti di vista: Al mare. Studio di parole: In vacanza. Ascoltiamo!: Un salvataggio.
Punti grammaticali: 11.1 Il future; 11.2 I pronomi tonici; 11.3 Piacere; 11.4 Il si impersonale.
Adesso leggiamo!: Vacanze in Sicilia. Adesso scriviamo!: Vacanze in Italia. Vedute d''Italia: Gli Italiani e le vacanze. Attività video: Al mare e in montagna. Ripasso.
12. LA CASA.
Communicative goals: Talking about housing; Identifying rooms and furniture in a home; Describing appliances, kitchen and tableware. Le regioni d''Italia: Il Lazio e lo Stato del Vaticano. Punti di vista: Il nuovo appartamento. Studio di parole: La casa e i mobile.
Ascoltiamo!: Il giorno del trasloco. Punti grammaticali: 12.1 Ne; 12.2 Ci; 12.3 I pronomi doppi; 12.4 I numeri ordinal. Adesso leggiamo!: Nel negozio di mobili. Adesso scriviamo! La casa ideale. Vedute d''Italia: La cucina italiana. Attività video: La mia casa mi piace.
Communicative goals: Talking about professions; Discussing career goals; Expressing aspirations and hopes. Le regioni d''Italia: Gli Abruzzi e il Molise. Punti di vista: Una scelta difficile. Studio di parole: Il mondo del lavoro. Ascoltiamo!: Una decisione pratica.
Punti grammaticali: 13.1 Il condizionale presente; 13.2 Il condizionale passato; 13.3 Uso di dovere, potere e volere nel condizionale; 13.4 Esclamazioni comuni. Adesso leggiamo! In cerca di un impiego. Adesso scriviamo!: Il mio lavoro ideale. Vedute d''Italia: L''immigrazione in Italia. Attività video: Il mio lavoro. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Identifying geographical features; Describing the countryside; Making comparisons. Le regioni d''Italia: La Campania. Punti di vista: Una gita scolastica. Studio di parole: Termini geografici. Ascoltiamo!: Un incontro. Punti grammaticali: 14.1 I comparative; 14.2 I superlative; 14.3 Comparativi e superlativi irregolari; 14.4 Uso dell''articolo determinativo. Adesso leggiamo!: Paragoni. Adesso scriviamo!: Il mio posto preferito.
Vedute d''Italia: Manifestazioni folcloristiche. Attività video: Viaggiamo insieme. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Talking about sports; Discussing leisure time activities; Describing action in progress. Le regioni d''Italia: Puglia e Basilicata. Punti di vista: Giovani sportive.
Studio di parole: Attività sportive. Ascoltiamo! Alla partita di basket. Punti grammaticali: 15.1 I pronomi relative; 15.2 I pronomi indefinite; 15.3 Espressioni negative; 15.4 Il gerundio e la forma progressive. Adesso leggiamo!: La mountain bike. Adesso scriviamo! Quale sport preferisci? Vedute d''Italia: Lo sport in Italia. Attività video: Lo sport. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Identifying parts of the body; Discussing health conditions and illnesses; Talking about a distant past. Le regioni d''Italia: La Calabria. Punti di vista: Dalla dottoressa.
Studio di parole: Il corpo e la salute. Ascoltiamo!: Una telefonata. Punti grammaticali: 16.1 Il passato remote; 16.2 Plurali irregolari; 16.3 Suffissi con nomi e aggettivi; 16.4 Verbi ed espressioni verbali + infinito. Adesso leggiamo!: Ѐ solo un''influenza. Adesso scriviamo!: Vivere sani e a lungo. Vedute d''Italia: Il Servizio Sanitario in Italia. Attività video: Dal farmacista.
Communicative goals: Talking about the environment; Discussing conservation and other environmental issues; Expressing desires, emotions and opinions. Le regioni d''Italia: La Sicilia.
Punti di vista: Due amici ambientalisti. Studio di parole: L''ecologia – la macchina. Ascoltiamo!: Una vacanza in agriturismo. Punti grammaticali: 17.1 Il congiuntivo presente; 17.2 Congiunzioni + congiuntivo; 17.3 Il congiuntivo passato. Adesso leggiamo!: Una macchina per Antonio. Adesso scriviamo!: Proteggiamo l''ambiente! Vedute d''Italia: L''agriturismo.
Attività video: L''ambiente. Ripasso.
Communicative goals: Talking about visual and performing arts; Discussing works of art, music and theater productions. Le regioni d''Italia: La Sardegna. Punti di vista: Musica operistica o musica elettronica?. Studio di parole: Le arti e il teatro. Ascoltiamo!: Se tu fossi pittore.
Punti grammaticali: 18.1 L''imperfetto del congiuntivo; 18.2 Il trapassato del congiuntivo; 18.3 Il congiuntivo: uso dei tempi. Adesso leggiamo!: Il talento artistico. Adesso scriviamo!: Ricerca musicale. Vedute d''Italia: L''importanza dello spettacolo. Attività video: L''arte e la musica. Ripasso.
Appendix 1. Verb tenses (for recognition only). Futuro anteriore. Trapassato remote. La forma passive. Fare + infinitive.
Appendix 2. Prepositional usage before infinitives.
Appendix 3. Verb charts. The auxiliary verbs avere and essere. Regular verbs.
Appendix 4. Irregular verbs.
Italian-English Vocabulary.
English-Italian Vocabulary.

What's New

  • Defined Communicative Goals: Communicative goals have been added to each chapter opener to support proficiency-based instruction.
  • Intuitive Vocabulary Presentations: To facilitate vocabulary acquisition, many vocabulary lists have been reorganized in logical categories or sorted alphabetically, depending on the context. Expressions and words also have been updated to reflect modern society. Many "Studio di parole" sections feature newly revised illustrations.
  • Focus on Communication: The "Applicazione" and "Pratica" sections include many new and revised skill-building activities, with an emphasis on communication. An open-ended activity, "Adesso parliamo!" has been added at the end of each grammar point to engage students in more communicative tasks. In addition to new group activities that can be expanded to originate further class discussions, other activities feature new visuals that support verbal interaction. Pair interviews have been revised to be more relevant to students' lives, while constant recycling of vocabulary and structures has achieved better integration within the chapters.
  • Emphasis on Skill Development: The skill-building approach of the "Adesso scriviamo!" sections has been fine-tuned and new tasks have been added. Instructions are now more concise, while activities are more open-ended to allow students' creativity to emerge. Throughout the text, new "Note linguistiche" have been added to address specific areas of difficulty for English-speaking learners.
  • Authentic Cultural Presentation: "Sapete che…" cultural notes have been integrated into each chapter to reflect interesting contemporary realities and promote cultural comparisons, while the "Punti di Vista" and "Per finire" dialogues have been replaced and updated to be both level-appropriate and authentic.
  • Regional Focus: Each chapter introduces students to the 20 "Regioni d'Italia" by presenting engaging images and information, as well as links to online materials.
  • Promotion of Cultural Competency: "Vedute d'Italia" readings have been added and others significantly revised, with an emphasis on making the readings level-appropriate and including more contemporary topics. Eleven chapters feature new readings, many of which provide opportunities for cultural comparisons. Fully integrated with the theme of each chapter, the passages are accompanied by reading-comprehension and communicative activities.
  • Fully Integrated Support: Video segments have been carefully edited and shortened and are now tightly integrated with chapter vocabulary themes and grammar components. Post-viewing activities stress comprehension and prompt discussion.
  • Opportunities for Review: Each chapter ends with a new review section to ensure that students have assimilated vocabulary and grammar structures. Assessment exercises can be used for self–review.

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Ciao!, 8th: PowerLecture Resource CD-ROM with Audio Testing  (ISBN-10: 1133608396 | ISBN-13: 9781133608394)

PowerLecture contains everything an instructor needs to teach the course, including lesson plans; teaching tips; oral situation cards; and customizable testing items with multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer essays, and listening comprehension questions. It also includes an introduction to the program, teaching strategies, the answer key to the "Pratica" exercises, and the text script of the 18 dialogues for the "Ascoltiamo!" which are recorded on the Text Audio CDs.

Ciao!, 8th: DVD Program  (ISBN-10: 1133610854 | ISBN-13: 9781133610854)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carla Larese Riga

Carla Larese Riga received her Master of Arts from Stanford University and has worked toward a PhD at the University of California, Berkley. She has over 30 years of experience as a dedicated professor of Italian at various institutions, including Santa Clara University, Stanford University, Foothill College, and De Anza College. She is a scholar of romance languages and is fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish.

Irene Phillips

Irene Bubula-Phillips was born and raised in Italy. She graduated from the University of Trieste with a laureate in modern languages (Spanish and English) and an emphasis on literary translation. After moving to California, she received her MA in Spanish from San Jose State University. She has been teaching Italian and Spanish at Santa Clara since 1996. Ms. Bubula-Phillips is passionate about teaching and sharing her interest in languages and cultures with the students at Santa Clara University.