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Crescendo: An Intermediate Italian Program, Activities Manual, Binder Ready Version, Edition 3

ISBN: 978-1-118-51480-1
272 pages
July 2016, ©2017
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This is an activities manual to accompany Crescendo!, 3rd Edition.

Crescendo!, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive intermediate Italian program designed to build proficiency in all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), and to expand  students’ cultural knowledge of contemporary Italy. The Crescendo! program helps build a dynamic and interactive environment by providing opportunities for practice through a systematic and spiral presentation of themes and current issues that are both relevant and interesting, and by encouraging readers to express themselves freely and creatively in a wide spectrum of contexts.

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Table of Contents

  1. Conosciamoci meglio!
  2. Tanti racconti del passato
  3. Tanti sogni nel cassetto!
  4. Tu vuoi far l’americano
  5. Migrazioni: Chi va e chi viene
  6. E il mondo si fa sempre più piccolo: l’Italia nell’Unione Europea
  7. Le tradizioni e la cultura popolare
  8. Mangiare all’Italiana
  9. L’Italia del passato: il Ventennio fascista e il neorealismo
  10. L’economia: il «sistema» Italia e le nuove sfide
  11. La cultura italiana
  12. Approfondimenti
Appendice A Preposizioni dopo verbi e aggettivi

Appendice B Verbi regolari

Appendice C I verbi avere ed essere

Appendice D I verbi che prendono l’ausiliare essere

Appendice E Verbi irregolari

Appendice F Verbi ed espressioni che richiedono il congiuntivo
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New to This Edition

  • Media: each chapter is complemented by well-developed activities based on readings, songs, films, and video clips. This variety of media allows readers to practice chapter vocabulary and grammar, deepen their understanding of chapter themes, and enrich their perceptions of cultural similarities and differences.
  • The Facciamo conversazione sections throughout the book incorporate substantial new material consisting of brief authentic texts and more extensive readings of the most varied nature as well as thought-provoking related work.
  • Leggiamo readings are new. Taken primarily from newspapers, magazines, and online sources, these readings provide up-to-date cultural and linguistic input.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Students use Italian actively and creatively in progressively open-ended communicative contexts. Each chapter is organized into five sections:
  • Facciamo conversazione emphasizes vocabulary review and acquisition through cultural readings and related activities.
  • Strutture provides a review of and expansion upon functionally related grammatical structures. 
  • Ascoltiamo emphasizes the development and practice of listening skills in a chapter-related context. 
  • Testi e contesti, devoted to the reading of a longer authentic text by a famous Italian author, includes pre-reading tasks and activities as well as post-reading comprehension and discussion questions.
  • Per scrivere focuses on the presentation and practice of a specific writing strategy.
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