- Percorsi: L'Italia attraverso la lingua e la cultura, 2/E
- ISBN-10: 0205784720 • ISBN-13: 9780205784721
- ©2012 • Prentice Hall • Cloth, 576 pp
Published 12/28/2010 • Instock
The first edition of Percorsi quickly became one of the best-selling elementary Italian texts. The new second edition features a new design, more focus on skills-development, updated cultural information and a full version of MyItalianLab.
Percorsi is an introductory program that promotes the acquisition of Italian language and culture through the integration of the “5 Cs” principles of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education. Percorsi is designed to provide beginning learners with a variety of tools to develop their communicative competence in the four major language skills–listening, speaking, reading, and writing–as they acquire familiarity with Italian culture. All of the features in Percorsi have been carefully thought out to support the two key aspects of the language acquisition process: language comprehension and language production.
From the start, carefully structured communicative activities based on authentic materials and texts encourage students to use Italian in everyday situations. Generous use of authentic content also offers students a chance to develop reading skills while gaining cultural awareness and understanding of Italian communities and traditions throughout the world. In addition, each chapter explicitly promotes cultural exploration through illustrated presentations that are followed by activities facilitating comprehension and highlighting cultural comparisons. Students are encouraged to analyze and compare extremely varied aspects of Italian culture while making connections to their own experiences.
MyItalianLab will be available for Fall 2011 courses.
Thoughtful integration of the chapter topics, vocabulary, and functionally sequenced grammar within a rich cultural framework.
o This integration is enhanced by Percorsi’s cyclical Scope and Sequence, which emphasizes the recycling of vocabulary and structures taught in previous chapters; students are given ample opportunity to learn the material gradually and thoroughly. The focus is on helping them to understand and speak Italian in a variety of settings with increasing accuracy and at expanding levels of sophistication. The clear and manageable grammar presentation complements this focus.
Adaptability to different course structures and teaching needs.
o As the title indicates, Percorsi is a rich, highly flexible program that provides instructors and learners with many pathways, or options. Instructors can emphasize the features most suited to their courses and students, and they can choose as well from a wide array of supplementary materials. They also have flexibility in deciding how to work with the various chapter elements. The teaching of grammar, for example, can be done inductively, through integration of grammar into the overall Percorso thematic content, or through more traditional work with the Grammatica sections. Instructors can also decide how much emphasis to give to the presentation of grammar, since much of the presentation and related practice can be assigned as homework.
A concise, functionally organized grammar presentation.
o Percorsi offers a concise, functionally organized grammar enhanced by a cyclical syllabus. New structures are introduced visually through captioned illustrations, photos, or realia at the beginning of each Percorso then embodied in the In contesto language samples. In turn, the Occhio alla lingua! questions encourage students to analyze inductively or to review the Percorso’s linguistic input. The streamlined grammar explanations that follow present structures in the context of communicative needs.
A well-developed process approach to skill development.
o Students are provided with a well-thought-out framework for carrying out authentic speaking, reading, writing, and viewing tasks. Pre-speaking, reading, writing, and viewing activities provide advance preparation for these sections. Students are then guided as they carry out the assignment, and encouraged through appropriate follow-up. This process approach helps students gain confidence in carrying out highly varied tasks in Italian.
An outstanding video filmed in Italy to accompany the textbook.
o Through a series of unscripted interviews, the video introduces an engaging cast of Italian speakers who talk about high-interest topics related to each chapter, including their families, work, and leisure activities. Richly authentic cultural footage accompanies each interview segment.
Rich annotations for the instructor.
o Extensive annotations provide suggestions for presentation of new vocabulary and grammar, background information, and ideas for expansion and enrichment activities. The annotations also include the scripts for listening activities and answers for the exercises.
PRELIMINARE Tanto per cominciare
1. Come va, ragazzi ?
2. Che bella la vita da studente !
3. Mi riconosci?
4. Giorno per giorno
5. Ecco la mia famiglia
6. Casa mia, casa mia...
7. Che hai fatto di bello?
8. Ti ricordi quando?
9. Buon divertimento!
10. Che ricordo splendido!
11. E dopo, che farai?
12. La vita che vorrei
13. Dove andiamo in vacanza?
14. Quante cose da fare in città!
15. Alla salute!
16. Gli italiani di oggi
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