Manhasset Secondary School

    Course Outline ~ Italian AP®

    Teacher: Signorina Mellace

    Email: maria_mellace@manhasset.k12.ny.us

    World Languages Department: (516) 267-7687


    Welcome to AP® Italian.  Throughout the academic year, students will be involved in a wide range of differentiated activities that will conform to the NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English and the National Standards for Foreign Language Education.  The instructional methods will be largely student-oriented, encouraging participation and higher-order thinking. 



    • Engage in spoken interpersonal communication; • Engage in written interpersonal communication; • Synthesize information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources; • Synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and print resources; • Plan, produce, and present spoken presentational communications; and • Plan and produce written presentational communications. Students will be able to develop skills which are essential to communicating effectively in the target language.
    • Students will be able to develop an understanding and an appreciation for other cultures and their influence on our culture.
    • Students will be able to refine the four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.



    • Beauty and Aesthetics
    • Contemporary Life
    • Families and Communities
    • Global Challenges              
    • Personal and Public Identities
    • Science and Technology


    • Themes facilitate the integration of language, content, and culture and promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts. The themes may be combined, as they are interrelated. World Languages and Cultures Learning Objectives The AP Italian Language and Culture course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency at the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced range in each of the three modes of communication described in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.



    • 3-ring binder with loose leaf, 3-ring whole puncher, Textbook/Worksheets, Index Cards



    • CELL PHONES should not be visible and should be turned off within the classroom setting, unless use of the cell phone is directed by the teacher.
    • All Manhasset High School rules.
    • Students are expected to arrive to class each day on time, prepared to work immediately and in their seat before the bell rings.   
    • Classmates and teachers should be treated with RESPECT.



    • Students are assessed frequently both formally (quizzes, tests, projects) and informally (homework, in-class work, participation)
    • If a test is missed, students must make up the test in the Language Laboratory during a free period or before school.  Arrangements must be made with the teacher.



    • Homework is generally assigned every evening.  If there is no written assignment, students MUST study their notes and vocabulary from that day.  Language learning is cumulative and requires a good basic vocabulary. 
    • If a homework is not completed the student can make it up the next day for half credit. All made up homework must be submitted by Friday of the week during which it was due.



    • Students will have class in the Language Laboratory approximately every 12 days.  This will reinforce listening and speaking skills. The Tower Foundation provided the funds necessary to provide this wonderful “communicative tool” which enables students to focus on developing aural/oral proficiency in the target language.  The lab is open to all students before school and throughout the school day.



    • Students enrolled in PRE-AP are required to complete Rosetta Stone as part of their coursework. Due dates for submission of these assignments and a more detailed explanation of the Rosetta Stone Policy can be found on the following link: http://manhassetschools.schoolwires.net/Page/3574



    • Teachers offer extra help on a schedule determined in the beginning of the school year. 
    • Members of the Language Honor Societies provide extra help/support to students in need on designated mornings during each week. Monthly schedules are posted outside the Language Lab and on the Honor Societies’ webpages.



    • All students enrolled in AP® Italian MUST take the AP® Italian Exam.  In addition, students will complete a Final Video Project to culminate the course.  Video projects will count as their Final Exam Grade.  Students will receive ONE high school credit.



    • As written in the student planner and posted on the Manhasset Secondary School website, “To help students achieve their maximum potential, Manhasset Secondary School promotes an environment which fosters integrity and honorable conduct. Administrators, faculty, students, and parents share the responsibility for maintaining an atmosphere in which personal accountability is valued.” With this statement in mind, students must maintain work that is theirs alone and does not violate the Academic Integrity Policy. Please refer to the handbook regarding the consequences and procedures used when an academic integrity violation has occurred.
    • Students are expected to complete all assignments using their own language ability. The use of any electronic or internet translator, friends, or family is regarded as a breach of academic integrity. Suspected use of any of these sources will result in the outlined consequences contained in Manhasset’s Academic Integrity Policy.