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Created through a “student-tested, faculty-approved” review process involving hundreds of students and faculty, PIAZZA is an engaging and accessible solution for your introductory Italian course that accommodates the diverse learning styles of today’s learners at a value-based price. It is a student- and instructor-friendly program that supports today’s contemporary students while building proficiency in all the language skills through communicative and contextualized activities. PIAZZA is based on materials and activities that capture the interests of a broad student audience, engaging them in situations and topics that go beyond the traditional classroom experience. PIAZZA includes a full suite of learning aids: tear-out chapter review study cards, self-quizzes, downloadable flash cards, and more.

Donatella Melucci, Georgetown University

Donatella Melucci was born and raised in Italy. She earned her Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from the University of Bari, Italy, and received a doctorate in English Rhetoric/Composition & Linguistics from Arizona State University where she taught for many years. She is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Her field of specialization is methodologies for teaching Italian as a second/foreign language. Her studies have also focused on the use of technology in foreign language classes.

Elissa Tognozzi, University of California, Los Angeles

Elissa Tognozzi (Ph.D. Italian, UCLA) is Senior Lecturer (SOE) in the Department of Italian at UCLA. As Director of Italian Language Studies, she teaches graduate seminars in methods and in technology, coordinates the language program, and supervises the department's teaching assistants. Her upper-division courses include advanced composition, culture, opera, and theater. In addition, she is undergraduate advisor. From 2003 to 2008, she was chair of the AP Italian Development Committee. She was editor of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) newsletter and is currently the elected representative for AATI for California.
  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with hundreds of students and faculty.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter In Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool that contains all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and multimedia resources, and suggested assignments to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Audio and video downloads, grammar tutorials, a trackable self-test study tool, an interactive VoiceBoard, and more. The new “Share It!” feature enables uploading and sharing of files, such as videos, for assignments and projects.
Capitolo preliminare: Piacere! Io mi chiamo.
Cultural Information: Italia: piazza del Mediterraneo.
Piazza di Spagna, Roma; Piazza della Signoria, Firenze; Piazza del Campo, Siena; Piazza San Marco, Venezia.
Communicative Goals: Greet others, introduce yourself, and say good-bye (informally and formally). Learn the Italian alphabet, sounds, and pronunciation. Exchange personal information (name, origin, address, telephone numbers, etc.). Ask and answer simple questions.
Structures. Alphabet. The verbs to be (essere and stare).
Vocabulary and Useful expressions. Greetings and salutations. Questions and expressions. Months of the year. Numbers and dates.
Come si dice you?; Come si dice e-mail and website addresses?
Video [to come].
Capitolo 1: In piazza dopo le lezioni.
Cultural Information: Campania and Puglia.
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore (Napoli) and Piazza Sant’Oronzo (Lecce).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Discuss your classes and your school day. Talk about purchasing school supplies. Describe people and objects. Talk about what to do between classes.
Structures: Nouns. Articles. Adjectives. The verb avere and idiomatic expressions with avere.
Vocabulary: The classroom. Subject matter. Descriptions and Colors. Nationalities.
Come si dice I like it?
Reading: La Feltrinelli Libri e Musica.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Daily study. Reading Strategy: Recognizing cognates and predicting content. Writing Strategy: Writing postcards.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 2: La vita in piazza ed in famiglia.
Cultural Information: Veneto.
Piazza San Marco (Venice) and Piazza Bra (Verona).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about family and family relationships. Indicate ownership and possession. Describe your place of residence. Describe your activities in your place of residence.
Structures: Possessive adjectives and pronouns. Regular verbs ending in -are. Reflexive verbs and reciprocal actions (in -are). Irregular verbs in -are (andare, dare, fare, stare).
Vocabulary: Family and extended family. Family relationships. Residence and Furnishings. Places inside and outside of the residence.
Come si dice ’s (possession / ownership) in italiano?
Reading: Nonni e nipoti, benvenuti in famiglia.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Learn useful phrases early on. Reading Strategy: Skimming for the gist. Writing Strategy: Using photographs to develop a narrative.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 3: Lo sport in piazza.
Cultural Information: Piemonte and Val d’Aosta.
Piazza Castello (Torino) and Piazza Emile Chanoux (Aosta).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about seasons and weather. Talk about clothing items. Talk about sports. Talk about daily routines, obligations, and leisure-time activities. Talk about your what you can do, what you have to do, and what you want to do.
Structures: Simple and compound prepositions. Verbs ending in -ere. Modal verbs (volere, dovere, potere). Verbs ending in -ire.
Vocabulary: Weather and seasons. Sports activities. Places and locations in the city. Directions.
Come si dice what time is it?
Reading: GiocAosta.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Listening to directions and instructions. Reading Strategy: Scanning for details. Writing Strategy: Learn to converse by writing dialogues.
Video [to come].
INTERMEZZO: Il punto della situazione (Capitoli 1-3).
Capitolo 4: Che bello spettacolo in piazza!
Cultural Information: Umbria and Le Marche.
Piazza IV novembre (Perugia) and Piazza del popolo (Ascoli Piceno).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about music, theater, and cinema. Talk about leisure activities. Refer to people and things that have already been mentioned. Talk about past events.
Structures: Direct-object pronouns. Passato prossimo with avere. Passato prossimo with essere. Agreement between direct-object pronouns and past participles.
Vocabulary: Different types of music. Musical instruments. Cinema. Theater.
Come si dice how long?
Reading: Musica in Piazza.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Retaining information. Reading Strategy: Building vocabulary. Writing Strategy: Creating a story through images.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 5: Feste in piazza.
Cultural Information: Toscana.
Piazza Santa Croce (Firenze) and Piazza Anfiteatro (Lucca).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Narrate and describe memories of events. Talk about holidays, traditions, and celebrations. Recount childhood and adolescent experiences. Recall childhood friends. Talk about social and cultural events.
Structures: L’Imperfetto. Passato prossimo vs. imperfetto. Adverbs. Indirect-object pronouns.
Vocabulary: Holidays. Traditions and traditional foods. School and childhood. Memories.
Come si dice time / times?
Reading: La festa di Chanukah.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Using Circumlocution. Reading Strategy: Understanding sequence in text organization. Writing Strategy: Writing a narrative essay.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 6: Al ristorante della piazza con i colleghi.
Cultural Information: Emilia Romagna.
Piazza Maggiore (Bologna) and Piazza Grande (Modena).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about ordering a meal in a restaurant. Talk about grocery shopping, quantities, preparing meals. Talk about likes and dislikes. Talk about professions and internships. Talk about things we had done.
Structures: Partitives. Piacere (present and past). Pronouns ci and ne. Trapassato prossimo.
Vocabulary: At a restaurant. The menu. Professions and occupations. Work places.
Come si dice which?
Reading: Dimmi cosa scegli e ti dirò chi sei, La Repubblica.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Grammar rules. Reading Strategy: Understanding newspaper articles. Writing Strategy: Applying for an internship in Italy.
Video [to come].
INTERMEZZO: Il punto della situazione (Capitoli 4-6).
Capitolo 7: In vacanza tra piazze e bellezze naturali.
Cultural Information: Sicilia e Sardegna.
Piazza Vigliena (Palermo) and Piazza D’Italia (Sassari).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about vacations and taking trips. Discuss methods of transportation. Express plans and intentions. Make hotel or room reservations.
Structures: Impersonal form. Future tense. Double pronouns. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns.
Vocabulary: Public transportation. Modes of transportation. Hotels. Places and lodging.
Come si dice people?
Reading: Sicilia Nascosta-Tour Sicilia 5 giorni.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Just say it! Reading Strategy: Reading an itinerary. Writing Strategy: Using similes and metaphors.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 8: In piazza per promuovere salute e benessere.
Cultural Information: Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Piazza dell’Unità (Trieste) and Piazza del Duomo (Trento).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Identify parts of the body. Talk about health and physical conditions. Give and receive advice about wellness. Talk about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Structures: Imperative. Imperative with pronouns. Indefinite and negative expressions. Progressive tenses (stare + gerundio).
Vocabulary: The body and health. Health problems and cures. Wellness centers. To be in shape.
Come si dice first / second / last?
Reading: Trieste e una donna, Umberto Saba (excerpt).
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Increasing vocabulary. Reading Strategy: Reading poetry. Writing Strategy: Persuasive writing.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 9: In piazza per un ambiente sano.
Cultural Information: Calabria e Basilicata.
Piazza Duomo (Reggio Calabria), Piazza del Sedile (Matera).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Discuss the environment. Talk about ways to improve the environment. Talk about geographical characteristics and landscape. Make comparisons.
Structures: Simple conditional. Past conditional. Stressed pronouns. Comparatives.
Vocabulary: The environment. Recyclable items. Domesticated animals. Protected wildlife.
Come si dice I wish?
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Continue studying outside of class. Reading Strategy: Reading for a purpose. Strategy: Writing a formal letter.
Video [to come].
INTERMEZZO: Il punto della situazione (Capitoli 7-9).
Capitolo 10: Moda, tecnologia e progresso s’incontrano in piazza.
Cultural Information: Lombardia and Liguria.
Piazza del Duomo (Milano) and Piazza De Ferrari (Genova).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about progress and contemporary society. Talk about technology: computers, text messaging, social networks. Express opinions about new technologies. Express opinions about “the best” or “the worst.”
Structures: Present subjunctive. Expressions that require the subjunctive. Past subjunctive. Superlatives.
Vocabulary: Technology. Fashion. Hi-tech. Computer Science.
Come si dice I<3U (= I love you)?
Reading: La società dei “tvb” e degli smiley, Gianluca Matarelli.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Making listening easier. Reading Strategy: Distinguishing cause and effect. Writing Strategy: Summary Writing.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 11: Piazze multiculturali.
Cultural Information: Abruzzo and Molise.
Piazza d’Arti (Aquila), Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (Campobasso).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about multiethnic societies in Italy and other countries. Talk about immigration. Express opinions about past events. Discuss the effects of globalization and new economies.
Structures: Imperfect subjunctive. Relative pronouns. Past perfect subjunctive. Sequence of tenses with subjunctive.
Vocabulary: Immigration. Multiethnic societies. Integration. Globalization.
Come si dice “He who laughs last, laughs best”?
Reading: L’Aquila, la vita in centro ricomincia con una pizzeria.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Thinking in Italian. Reading Strategy: Recognizing word families. Writing Strategy: Interview write-up.
Video [to come].
Capitolo 12: Gli italiani uniti nelle piazze e nel mondo.
Cultural Information: Lazio.
Piazza del Quirinale (Rome) and Piazza del Plebiscito (Viterbo).
Angolo culturale.
Communicative Goals: Talk about the Italian government. Make hypothesis. Talk about famous Italians in history. Talk about famous Italians at home and abroad.
Structures: If-clauses. Irregular nouns and suffixes. Historical past. Uses of the infinitive.
Vocabulary: Government. Politics. Famous Italians. Italians living abroad.
Come si dice “Once upon a time”?
Reading: La Storia (excerpt), Elsa Morante.
Strategies: Learning Strategy: Continuing success. Reading Strategy: Reading Italian literature. Writing Strategy: Writing a biography.
Video [to come].
INTERMEZZO: Il punto della situazione (Capitoli 10-12).
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ISBN: 9781285097022
The SAM Audio program stresses listening comprehension, oral drill on the important points of grammar, and the development of speaking skills.