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How do I start my course?

After you Log In, go to My Courses and select My Tasks. The page will look approximately like this (slight variations depend on the course in which you are registered):

 

my tasks

 

The current session is highlighted in the orange row and links become active only at the appropriate time (unless your course is self-paced. Activated links remain always available during the course so students can go back and review the material whenever they want).

 

Start by clicking on Session 1. In the sessions students find all the necessary information, lessons, requirements and links to the material to study.

 

To access the Class Forum and post an assignment or message for the teacher click Class Forum.

 

AP® STUDENTS: To access the Audio/Video Group Class at the scheduled date and time, just click on the link provided.

 

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What is Pinocchio doing in the course?

in the lessons Pinocchio meets Italian famous characters

 

Pinocchio is a character created in 1881 by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. It seems that the book "The adventures of Pinocchio" is the most widely read in the world, after the Bible.

 

But Pinocchio is more than a puppet: he is a restless spirit who represents the idea of 'personal growth' at all levels (including intellectual and emotional).

Personal growth is a very important factor in any learning process.

 

In order to help you learn the language and improve your understanding of Italian culture and lifestyle, CyberItalian has revisited Collodi's story.

 

Through "A Modern Pinocchio Story", the CyberItalian courses will help students to learn the Italian language and culture, as well as explore their own lives and learning challenges.

  • In the CyberItalian Beginner level, Pinocchio (Pino for friends) introduces himself, his family and friends, and discusses familiar topics. Students learn and practice basic language structures. They learn to describe and talk about familiar topics (family, food, transportation, travel...). In this level Pino also discovers that his friends (the Cat, the Fox and Lucignolo) are not very good friends, and he wonders about friendship.
  • In the CyberItalian Intermediate level, Pino travels through Italy, meets with very famous Italian people (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rossini, etc.) and discusses cultural topics such as opera, art, literature. Students learn to narrate and to express themselves with more complex sentences. In this level Pino asks to each famous person he meets: 'Cosa è l'amicizia?' (What is friendship?).
  • In the CyberItalian Advanced level, Pino continues his travel through Italy, meets with other famous Italians (Ferrari, Galileo, Machiavelli, etc.), discusses important topics such as history, education and politics. Students learn how to write their resume in Italian, make hypothesis, refine and maintain the language using more complex structures. In this level Pino wants to grow-up and become rich and famous, even though he doesn't know what to do in life. But what is life after all?

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Who will be teaching me?

CyberItalian’s digital curriculum is now utilized for Founders Education’s Italian courses.
Founders Education is accredited by AdvancEd's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Founders Education teachers are all certified. See Founders Education Policies and Procedures.

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Where and how do I post assignments, exercises and exams?
  • assignments

Post assignments in the Class Forum so the teacher can correct them and grade them.

 

Use a word processor like Microsoft Word or similar to write the assignment in all its parts. When the assignment is complete you post it online. In this way, you do not run the risk of losing your work in case of connection problems.

  • self-administered exercises

You find these exercises in the self-administered lessons.

 

After you complete an exercise, click on the little "Pinocchio-risposte" at the end of that exercise. This will show the correct answers to the exercise, what you wrote, and your score (scores are also shown in your Progress Report page).

  • self-administered Exam

You find this exam in the self-administered lessons.

 

After you complete the exam, click on the "Pinocchio-risposte". This will show you the score (scores are also shown in your Progress Report page).

 

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How do I write Italian accented characters?

When you do the exercises in our Lessons, for certain words you need to use the Italian accented characters, otherwise the system cannot recognize your answer as correct.

 

Here are the Italian accented characters: "à, è, ì, ò, ù" (as in: caffè, università, più, etc.) or "é" (as in: perché).

 

English keyboards are different from Italian keyboards, and do no show the keys with the Italian accented vowels.


To write Italian accents use one of the following options.

 

Windows users - Option 1 - ALT key + numeric codes: in Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type a non-English character (accented letter) in any Windows application. IMPORTANT: press Num Lock before using the Alt method for typing accented characters. In this way the keys of the numeric keypad are interpreted only as numbers.
Example: To input the grave e è (138), hold down the ALT key, type 138 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key.

 

Accent A E E I O U
Grave
(Cap)
À
0192
È
0200

É

0201

Ì
0204
Ò
0210
Ù
0217
Grave (Lower) à
133
è
138
é
130
ì
141
ò
149
ù
151

 

Windows users - Option 2 - add the International keyboard: in this way you configure the computer so a small transparent window sits in the task bar that allows you to switch back and forth between the English and International keyboard. When you want to use accented letters just switch to the International keyboard. Then, if you want to type an accented letter you press the appropriate accent key and then the letter.


For example:

` + e = è

Similarly,

' + e = é

See instructions for adding the International keyboard. You can just leave the International keyboard on all the time. It will create some minor nuisances when you type certain punctuation marks. For example, in order to type [ ' ] you press [ ' ] then spacebar.

 

Mac users - OPTION key: when you want to add a letter with a symbol in just about any Mac OS X application, hold down the Option key and press the appropriate symbol key. Release the keys and type the letter you want to receive the symbol. Take "perché" — you type p, e, r, c, h, then press Option-E (to get the right-leaning acute accent), then e. As in most of these combinations, the acute accent key command is linked to the letter most likely to need the symbol in question — in this case, the letter e. But if you need to type the Italian limóne, say, you press Option-E, then o.

 

The left-leaning (grave) accent is simple to remember, because it has its own key: the ` above the Tab key. Just press Option-`and then the target letter: "Eccola là"!

 

Need to type a capital letter with an accent? Just press Option plus the appropriate key for your symbol, then press Shift as you type the letter you want. For example, to type Évian-les-Bains, use Option-E followed by a capital E.

 

Windows and Mac users - additional options for entering accents are listed here.

 

or

 

Editor for Italian characters: if you don't like any of the above solutions you can try this editor for Italian accented characters.

 

or

 

Copy and paste from here: you can go back to the oldest and simplest method and copy the Italian accented vowels from here or from our lessons, and then paste them in the exercise field:
à, è. ì, ò, ù, é. À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù, É.

 

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How is the work graded?

Having a variety of courses, educational materials and activities, depending on the course you take (Full Year, AP®, Expedited or Abbraviated-Recovery) the work is graded in different areas of study:

 

FULL YEAR COURSES

  • Self-Administered Exercise in the Lessons - 10% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Self-Administered Exams in the Lessons - 20% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Audio Lesson Recordings - 20% weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Assignments - 20% weight based on form and number of mistakes, grammar, accuracy, and overall sophistication in language and expression (40% of the assignment grade), effort and quality of homework, thesis, examples, original ideas (40% of the assignment grade), organization, style, expression (20% of the assignment grade)
  • Mid-term Test - 10% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Final Exam - 20% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers.

 

AP® COURSES

  • Self-Administered Exercise in the Lessons - 10% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Self-Administered Exams in the Lessons - 10% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Audio Lesson Recordings - 15% weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Assignments - 15% weight based on form and number of mistakes, grammar, accuracy, and overall sophistication in language and expression (40% of the assignment grade), effort and quality of homework, thesis, examples, original ideas (40% of the assignment grade), organization, style, expression (20% of the assignment grade)
  • Participation in Audio Video Group Lessons - 7.5% weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Email Exchange with Italian Pal - 7.5% weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Participation in Italian cultural events organized by Italian associations, Istituti di Cultura, MeetUp groups, etc. or the CyberItalian Student Group on FB - 5% weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Mid-term Test - 10% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Final Exam - 20% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers

 

EXPEDITED COURSES

  • Self-Administered Exercise in the Lessons - 11,1 % weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Self-Administered Exams in the Lessons - 22,2 % weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Audio Lesson Recordings - 22,2 % weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Assignments - 22,2 % weight based on form and number of mistakes, grammar, accuracy, and overall sophistication in language and expression (40% of the assignment grade), effort and quality of homework, thesis, examples, original ideas (40% of the assignment grade), organization, style, expression (20% of the assignment grade)
  • Final Exam - 22,2 % weight - based on the percentage of correct answers.

Please note: all percentages are periodic numbers so the total is 100%

 

RECOVERY COURSES

  • Self-Administered Exercise in the Lessons - 11,1% weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Self-Administered Exams in the Lessons - 22,2 % weight - based on the percentage of correct answers
  • Audio Lesson Recordings - 22,2 % weight - for participation, effort to speak and quality of communication (organized, clear, fluent)
  • Assignments - 22,2 % weight based on form and number of mistakes, grammar, accuracy, and overall sophistication in language and expression (40% of the assignment grade), effort and quality of homework, thesis, examples, original ideas (40% of the assignment grade), organization, style, expression (20% of the assignment grade)
  • Final Exam - 22,2 % weight - based on the percentage of correct answers.

Please note: all percentages are periodic numbers so the total is 100%

 

 

In the Self-administered Exercises included in the lessons, students receive an automatic score based on the percentage of correct answers. For educational purposes, these self-administered exercises can be taken several times (in this case, each time the student will have to re-enter the entire text in the exercise); the latest score of each exercise will be recorded over the previous one.

 

In the Self-administered Exams included in the lessons, students receive an automatic score based on the percentage of correct answers; only the score of the first time you take the exam will be recorded.

 

Grades are given in numbers with the following values:

 

A+ 97 - 100 Excellent, achievement surpasses the basic requirements of the course. Superior.
A 93 - 96 Excellent.
A- 90 - 92 Very good. Almost Excellent.
B+ 87 - 89 Good, student fulfills all requirements. Better than Above Average, but not quite A- work.
B 83 - 86 Above Average.
B- 80 - 82 Average Almost Above Average.
C+ 77 - 79 Slightly Better than Average.
C 73 - 76 Average.
C- 70 - 72 Slightly Lower than Average.
D+ 67 - 69 Below Average, but making progress.
D 63 - 66 Below Average student approaches the standard requirements for the course.
D- 60 - 62 Almost failing.
Fail Below 60 Failing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Check marks for completed activity are applied automatically as soon as a teacher inserts a feedback and grade for a required activity, or as soon as the student completes 100% of his exercises and gets more than 60 as a grade (he can do the exercises again to improve his score), or as soon as a student completes an exam.

 

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Where do I see my scores and progress report?

You find your scores, grades and feedback from the teacher in the Progress Report page.

 

The page is divided into the different areas of study that students are required to complete.

 

The page looks approximately like this:

 

progress report

 

Please note: Column 2 in the Lessons area shows the percentage of exercises completed, Column 3 reports the average score of the completed exercises.

 

Check marks for completed activity are applied automatically as soon as the teacher inserts a feedback and grade for a required activity, or as soon as a student completes 100% of his exercises and gets more than 60 as a grade (so in case he can do the exercises again to improve his score), or as soon as a student completes an exam.

 

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How do I listen to the audio?

To listen to our MP3 audio files, your browser needs to be audio enabled.

 

Just click on the arrow, the audio downloads automatically. Regulate the volume, replay and pause the audio as you wish.

 

Ciao! Come stai?

 

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CyberItalian MP3

 

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CyberItalian MP3

 

 

Note: all CyberItalian audios are compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Smart phones and other new devices.

 

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How do I use the pronunciation guide and record my voice?

The full version of the pronunciation guides is available for Windows (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera), and Linux. A limited version of the pronunciation guides is available for Mac, Android and IOS.

 

Please have a headset/microphone combination connected to your computer.

 

When you open the "Pronuncia" window (from the right menu in each Lesson) you will see the following image. When requested, give permission for the browser to access your microphone.

Pronunciation and recording

 

At this point use the control buttons and your microphone to record your voice. Please wait for the Play button to activate, then play back the audio and listen to your own voice speaking Italian!

 

You can compare your voice with the one of the pronunciation guide (Maria for beginners, Franco for intermediate and Giulia for advanced students). Type a word or sentence in the box under "Enter text to be pronounced:" and press the button "Maria say it, please".

 

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What are the basic technical requirements to use CyberItalian?
  • Basic requirements

To enjoy CyberItalian you need a computer or smartphone with Internet access. Minimum Internet connection speed required to access the site is 56K. Broadband recommended.

 

CyberItalian is viewable with any browser (Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera) on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and IOS.

 

Flash is required for the pronunciation guides on Windows, Mac, Linux desktops and notebooks- check now if you have it and install if needed.

 

CyberItalian is also viewable on smartphones (iPhone, iPad, iPod, or any Android phone).

On these devices Flash is not required.

On smartphones we suggest you switch off auto-correct and predictive check spelling when entering Italian text in the exercise fields.

 

CyberItalian make use of pop-ups to facilitate the learning process: make sure you do NOT block ALL pop-ups. You should keep the default setting for your browser that blocks ONLY UNWANTED pop-ups. To check and eventually modify your browser settings, open the browser help or guide and search for popup or pop-up.

 

See more info about pronunciation guide and voice recording

 

See more info about listening to the audio

 

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What are the requirements for the audio/video group classes?

The following are the minimum system requirements needed to attend our Audio/Video group classes:

 

For Windows Systems:

  1. Windows 2000 or later
  2. Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2+

For Mac Systems:

  1. Mac OS 10.4 or later (PPC or Intel)
  2. Safari 2+ or Firefox 2+

For All Systems:

  1. 56K or faster Internet connection (broadband recommended)
  2. Headset/Microphone combination
  3. 512 MB System Memory
  4. A Skype access and username (Skype is downloadable* for FREE from the website Skype.com)
  5. The webcam is optional

PLEASE NOTE: you need a headset with microphone. If you use a microphone embedded in your computer make sure you are in a quite room with no background noises, in order not to disturb the class.

 

Need help about Skype? See here

 

Instruction for use:

  • Notify your Skype name to your teacher.
  • Connect on Skype at the scheduled time.
  • Once your call is on, you will see the teacher and other students logged in.
  • The teacher will place the educational material in a co-browsing window and you will start the conversation.
  • Have fun!

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What are the requirements to self-administer an audio lesson?

The full version of the pronunciation guides is available for Windows (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera), Mac (Safari, Chrome) and Linux. A limited version of the pronunciation guides is available for Android and IOS.

 

The recording system necessary to complete each audio lesson and upload your audio file is available on the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla, Microsoft Edge and Opera.

For Android tablets and smartphones we suggest you use Chrome.

 

PLEASE NOTE: the recording system is currently not available on Apple devices (MAC, IPhone, IPad).

However we provide alternative recording systems:

1. record on Vocaroo.com and then upload your recording on our website (instead of emailing the instructor)

OR

2. record on your device (pc, mac, tablet, smartphone) with your favorite mp3 recording app and then upload your mp3 file on our system.

 

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How do I self-administer the audio lessons?

You can self-administer the audio lessons at any time convenient to you (within due dates), from school or from home.

 

It is very easy to do:

  1. Go to MY TASKS.
  2. Open the session including an audio lesson (e.g. session 4, etc.)
  3. Scroll down the page until you find the link to the audio-lesson.
  4. Click on the link.
  5. Once you have the audio lesson on your screen, follow instructions.
  6. Open the pronunciation guide. Allow the guide to download completely. Type or copy-and-paste the text to be pronounced in the "pronunciation guide field".
  7. Listen to the pronunciation guide, repeat what she says.
  8. When you are ready, use the recording box to record your voice as you read ALL words and reply to ALL questions. Create only ONE recording per lesson.

    recording box
  9. Listen to your recording to make sure the sound is clear and that you have replied to all points and questions in the lesson.
  10. Click the 'UPLOAD' button to upload your file. Once done, make sure you see the confirmation message: "mp3 file uploaded to CyberItalian!" If not, record again.
  11. The teacher will correct your file as soon as she can and will post grade and feedback in your Progress Report.
  12. PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot use our embedded recording software click on "Alternative recording systems". You will see the following box:

    Alternative recording systems
  13. Record on Vocaroo.com and then upload your recording on our website (instead of emailing the instructor)

    OR

  14. Record on your device (pc, mac, tablet, smartphone) with your favorite mp3 recording app and then upload your mp3 file on our system.

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