Italian Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 134 Conc £50 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 09:30 - 11:30 10 MAC 23/09/2019 02/12/2019 LI1025
Tuesday 18:45 - 20:45 10 MAC 24/09/2019 03/12/2019 LI1030

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 Italian culture.

Who is the course for?

Absolute beginners or those who did a little Italian a while back and need a refresher course.

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

None, except a reasonable command of English, spoken and written.

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

"• Greet people • Introduce yourself and others • Spell names • Say where you are from and ask others • Say where you live • Say how old you are and ask others • Cope with numbers (0-100) and currency in euros • Exchange telephone numbers • Order snacks and drinks in a bar, ask for the bill • Say how to get to a place We also cover basic grammar: nouns in the singular and plural, definite & indefinite articles, gender, some commonly used verbs in the present tense. "

How is the course organised?

You will work with 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

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.

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?

Italian Beginners Stage 2

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

"The course book will be given to you by the tutor, so no need to purchase it. You will need to bring a notepad, pen, perhaps a dictionary."

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages.