Fees: Standard £ 74 Conc £26 Full £286 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only
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The development of oral, listening, reading and writing skills through the use of audio-visual and authentic materials. A complete review of grammatical structures taught in 1st and 2nd year Italian, plus further use of tenses, eg the present conditional; more on pronouns; adverbial expressions, etc. In general the aim is to build up your confidence in speaking in a variety of situations and in different registers, as well as to get you writing clear correct Italian.
All with enough previous knowledge to benefit, and/or who have done 2 years or equivalent. If sufficient students wish to enter for the GCSE examination in May 2008, this could be arranged; or there is alternative accreditation available for those who would like a qualification – please discuss this with your tutor.
See 'Choosing Your Course' in the Programme Guide, and/or ask for Course Information sheets for ltalian Intermediate Stages 1&2.
• make suggestions • describe what is happening at a particular moment • arrange a date • ask for a favour • express surprise and displeasure • give advice • talk about your needs / desires • ask for / give an opinion • talk about your health • talk about future plans • express doubt / uncertainty • write a CV • give reasons for / against • show interest grammar: stare + gerund; stare per + infinitive; combined pronouns; direct object pronouns + passato prossimo; relative pronouns (che / cui); imperative forms; pronouns + imperative; the future simple; the verbs bisognare; if clauses; the present subjunctive of regular verbs
The methods used are communicative and interactive, practising all four skills, with a little more emphasis on reading and writing than in lower levels. Activities include listening comprehension with related written work, reading authentic texts, grammar exercises to achieve correctness of usage, language games, role plays. Use of English is kept to a minimum.
You'll always have work to review and practise from the previous lesson; you'll have sentences and words to learn by heart; you'll have homework set by the tutor. We recommend that you spend around 20 minutes a day on some kind of language practice - listening to a tape, watching a video, repeating, working with a CD ROM, etc, etc. A visit to the country and / or talking to a native speaker will be of great benefit at this stage. Visit languages websites – ask your tutor for addresses.
Every lesson you are given different tasks so that progress can be assessed. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals.
Italian Upper-Intermediate Stage 1
Course book: Check with your tutor before buying!
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.