AVANTI: BEGINNING ITALIAN

Hardcover | January 4, 2013

byJanice Aski, Diane Musumeci

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As the fastest growing introductory Italian title, Avanti! Beginning Italian continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of instructors and students. Professors are offering more hybrid and online courses, technology is providing functionality we could not envision just a few years ago, and the types of students we teach are ever-changing. Thus, in planning the third-edition revision, it was critical to retain the best parts of our program while responding to the changes around us.

The title Avanti! conveys the forward-thinking approach of this program, which is designed to guide experienced and inexperienced instructors in creating a truly communicative, interactive environment for their students. In preparation for this edition, we employed a wide array of market research tools to identify a number of areas for digital innovation. As a direct result of our research, this new edition offers McGraw-Hill's Connect™ and LearnSmart™ with their game-changing, adaptive, and digital learning resources. These powerful, digital tools, now an integral part of the third edition, complement and support the goals of the Avanti! program and address the needs of the evolving Introductory Italian course.

How does Avanti! with Connect and LearnSmart support the needs of Italian instructors and students?

Communicative Competence: One of the major challenges of any introductory language course is to give students ample exposure to the language and sufficient opportunity for speaking practice to inspire them to communicate with confidence. Avanti! satisfies students' desire to communicate in everyday situations right from the start. In Connect Italian students have access 24/7 to the digitally enhanced eBook, the interactive textbook activities, the online Workbook / Laboratory Manual activities, all of the accompanying audio and video resources, and the voice tools that allow for out-of-class practice of important oral skills.

Review and Recycling: Since introducing and practicing each grammatical structure once in a year-long course is simply not enough to promote acquisition, recycling vocabulary and structures for maximum exposure is a key feature of Avanti! Every fourth chapter provides practice of four previously taught grammar points, which are then followed by a related topic. With the addition of LearnSmart, a super-adaptive learning system, students can practice key vocabulary and grammatical structures outside of class. This powerful system helps students identify their weaknesses and provides them with an individualized study program based on their performance.

Manageable Scope and Sequence: Avanti! responds to instructors' concerns that most programs attempt to cover too much material in the first year. We have designed an elementary course that reflects reasonable expectations for the amount of material that most beginning learners can acquire in one year of classroom instruction, while providing the necessary practice students need to acquire these structures. The Connect Italian platform includes an assignment builder feature that allows instructors further flexibility to fully customize the course content to meet the needs of their particular students. Instructors may choose to assign all (or a subset) of the textbook and workbook activities as well as some or all of the grammar points presented in Per saperne di più based on their course goals.

Cultural Competence: Avanti!'s meaningful and extensive exploration of Italy's rich and unique culture is fully supported in Connect Italian through audio and video resources and interactive activities. Throughout each chapter, brief readings and interactive, culture activities promote an understanding of products, practices and perspectives. All chapters end with reading, listening, and writing activities that explore cultural topics in depth. Each chapter also includes an analysis of film clips where students can see Italian society and culture in action.

Student-centered Classroom: A significant goal of Avanti! is to engage the learner inside and outside of the classroom and promote students' personal sense of responsibility to interact with the material and maximize learning. To this end, the inductive presentations of vocabulary and grammar, which encourage language processing and cognitive engagement, can be successfully completed in the classroom or by using the interactive versions in Connect.

Administrative Challenges: The Avanti! program provides the online tools to reduce the amount of time and energy that instructors have to invest in administering their course. The Assignment Builder allows instructors to easily sort activities according to a variety of parameters that are important to them, including by learning objective, language skill, topic, amount of time on task, or by activity type (multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and so on). With Reports instructors can pull full administrative reports about students' performance, and coordinators will be able to integrate these reports across all sections to see the performance of the entire program. The at-risk student report also allows instructors to quickly identify at-risk students, based on numerous criteria, who may need additional help to successfully complete the course.

*Connect Italian, including but not limited to the workbook/lab manual, LearnSmart, the video program, and chat tools, is sold separately and does not come automatically with the purchase of the textbook.

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As the fastest growing introductory Italian title, Avanti! Beginning Italian continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of instructors and students. Professors are offering more hybrid and online courses, technology is providing functionality we could not envision just a few years ago, and the types of students we teach are ever-ch...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:11.1 × 8.6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Capítulo 1 Per cominciare

Strategie di comunicazione

Greeting someone

Finding out someone's name

Finding out where someone is from

Saying good-bye

Expressing likes and dislikes

Lessico

Alphabet and pronunciation

Months and seasons

Numbers from 0 to 9,999

Strutture

Gender

Inde?nite articles

Number

De?nite articles

The verb piacere

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Gender

Number

Capítulo 2 Com'è?

Strategie di comunicazione

Asking how someone is

Asking someone's nationality

Lessico

Describing people, places, and things

Strutture

Adjectives

The verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)

There is / There are

Possessive adjectives

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Adjectives

Irregular plural adjectives

The demonstrative pronouns questo and quello

Other adjectives that precede the noun

The verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)

Capítulo 3 Cosa ti piace fare?

Strategie di comunicazione

Getting someone's attention; Asking and telling time

Asking when events occur

Saying what you like to do in your free time

Lessico

Talking about your daily activities

Strutture

The in?nitive of the verb

The present indicative of regular verbs

Verbs with spelling and/or pronunciation changes

Irregular verbs

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Irregular verbs

The verbs rimanere (to remain) and scegliere (to choose)

Capítulo 4 Che bella famiglia!

Strategie di comunicazione

Meeting people and ?nding out what they do for a living

Commenting on things and complimenting people

Lessico

Talking about your family

Strutture

Possessive adjectives

Possessives with family members

Interrogatives

The interrogatives quanto (how much) and quale (which)

The present indicative

More irregular verbs

Adjectives

The comparative

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Su?xes

The comparative

Comparatives of inequality with che

Comparatives of equality

Capítulo 5 A tavola!

Strategie di comunicazione

Inviting someone to do something

Declining an invitation and making excuses

Lessico

Restaurant terms and items on an Italian menu

Strutture

The superlative

Verb + in?nitive

Prepositions

The partitive

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Prepositions

The preposition di

The preposition da

The pronoun ci

Capítulo 6 I vestiti e la moda

Strategie di comunicazione

Making polite requests

Asking permission

Lessico

Describing your clothes

Strutture

Direct and indirect objects

Present progressive

Re?exive verbs

Adverbs

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Adverbs

Molto and poco

Buono/cattivo versus bene/male

Capítulo 7 Cosa hai fatto questo weekend?

Strategie di comunicazione

Expressing surprise, pain, and so on

Asking what happened

Lessico

Talking about your weekend activities

Strutture

The present perfect of regular verbs

The present perfect of irregular verbs

Negative expressions

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The present perfect

Sapere and conoscere

Piacere

Negative expressions

Other negative expressions

Capítulo 8 Che bella festa!

Strategie di comunicazione

Asking for information

Expressing good wishes

Lessico

Talking about Italian and American holiday celebrations

Strutture

Re?exive verbs

Reciprocal verbs

The present perfect

The present perfect of re?exive and reciprocal verbs

De?nite and inde?nite articles

The use of de?nite and inde?nite articles

Prepositions

The prepositions in and a

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The present perfect

The present perfect of dovere, potere, and volere

Prepositions

The pronoun ne

Capítulo 9 La scuola e i giovani

Strategie di comunicazione

Finding out someone's future plans

Describing how things used to be

Lessico

Talking about education and professions

Strutture

The imperfect

The imperfect versus the present perfect

The past progressive

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The imperfect versus the present perfect

da/per + expressions of time

Sapere and conoscere

Capítulo 10 La vita e il benessere

Strategie di comunicazione

Expressing regret

Expressing regret, sorrow, and making apologies

Lessico

Activities, hobbies, and well-being

La salute

Strutture

Using the present to talk about the future

The future

Hypotheticals of probability

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The future

The future of probability

Capítulo 11 Casa dolce casa

Strategie di comunicazione

Managing conversations

Seeking approval and expressing hesitation

Lessico

Describing Italian houses and furniture

Strutture

Object pronouns

Inde?nite pronouns

The relative pronoun che

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Object pronouns

Object pronouns and the present perfect

Inde?nite pronouns

Inde?nite adjectives

The relative pronoun che

The relative pronoun cui (whom/which)

Capítulo 12 In città

Strategie di comunicazione

Expressing opinions

Lessico

Talking about Italian cities and towns

Strutture

The present perfect of irregular verbs

The past absolute

The imperfect versus the passato prossimo

The imperfect versus the past absolute

The comparative

The irregular comparative

Object pronouns

More about the verb piacere

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Object pronouns

Double object pronouns

Capítulo 13 Andiamo in ferie!

Strategie di comunicazione

Expressing wishes and desires

Making suggestions and giving advice

Lessico

Talking about vacations

Strutture

The present conditional

The informal imperative

The formal imperative

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The present conditional

The past conditional

Capítulo 14 Chi sono gli italiani?

Strategie di comunicazione

Talking about what people do in general

Explaining how things are done

Lessico

Talking about Italian society today

Strutture

Si + verb

The present subjunctive

Verbs and expressions followed by the subjunctive

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The present subjunctive

More irregular verbs in the subjunctive

Verbs and expressions followed by the subjunctive

a/di + in?nitive

Capítulo 15 Quali lingue parli?

Strategie di comunicazione

Asking and verifying whether someone can do something

Recognizing regional varieties of Italian

Lessico

The languages of Italy

Strutture

The past subjunctive

The subjunctive versus the indicative

Hypotheticals of possibility

Cultura

Per saperne di più

The subjunctive versus the indicative

Conjunctions followed by the subjunctive

Hypotheticals of possibility

The imperfect subjunctive

Capítulo 16 Sono famosi

Strategie di comunicazione

Making recommendations

Lessico

Talking about historical people and events

Strutture

The in?nitive and present indicative

The present perfect

The imperfect

Object pronouns

Cultura

Per saperne di più

Object pronouns

Stressed pronouns

Pronominal verbs and the idiomatic expressions: andarsene, farcela, and avercela con qualcuno