Italian:the Basics For Beginners

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 122 Conc £45 Full £247 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 5 MAC 08/06/2019 06/07/2019 LI3036

What will the course cover?

Practical language to enable you to communicate on a visit to the country: asking for goods and services in everyday situations, understanding basic written information, holding a simple conversation with a native speaker. You'll learn some basic grammar (eg articles, singular and plural, gender, adjectives, present tense of some of the most used verbs). Above all, you will gain the confidence to express yourself. We also aim to stimulate your interest in and knowledge of the culture of Italy.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with the basic knowledge of the topics covered in intensive level 1.1 or equivalent courses, who would like enough of the language to get around on a visit to Italy.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

"You should be able to: Greet people, exchange basic personal information about yourself, friends and family, do numbers, prices, dates, order drinks and snacks, ask directions and find your way in a town. "

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

• Say what you like to do in your spare time • Say which sports you can do • Say how often you do something in your spare time • Say what there is in a city • Use public transport • Buy a train ticket • Read a train timetable • Book a hotel room • Ask for additional services in a hotel (parking, telephone, etc.) • Complain about the service in a hotel There will be a chance for you to request other language you may need.

How is the course organised?

"We use a course book, handouts, worksheets; audio and videotapes, 'realia' (eg real menus etc). You will be encouraged to speak as much as possible in class, to work in small groups and pairs, to take an active part in your learning; and each lesson, to work on the four skills: listening (and understanding), speaking, reading and writing. Use of English is kep to a minmum. "

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

"Reviewing and learning (by heart, if possible) what has been done in the class. Preparing for your next class (homework will be set). For best results, try hard to spend 15 minutes everyday doing some kind of language practice: listen to a tape, watch a video, read a bit, repeat, learn sentences/words by heart. Go to for more materials and ideas. "

How will my progress be assessed?

"In class by your contributions; written work where set. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals. "

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Tutor will advise.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"You need to buy a book - the title will be advised by the tutor. Please bring writing materials, an A4 ring binder, and loose leaf sheets. A notebook for vocabulary is useful. "

What support is available?

"Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details are available from the guide and from teaching or reception staff. "