Italian Lower Intermediate Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 152 Conc £56 Full £286 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 10:00 - 12:00 11 MAC 16/09/2019 09/12/2019 LI1050
Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30 11 MAC 18/09/2019 11/12/2019 LI1051

What will the course cover?

A recap of topics and grammar covered in the first year and, amongst others, the following themes: - holidays past and present - childhood memories and recollections - family ties

Who is the course for?

Those who have studied Italian for about one year ( about 60 hours of classroom instruction) or who have an equivalent knowledge of the language.

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

See Course Info Sheets for Italian Beginners Stages 1-3 for detailed list of grammar and topics you should know. These include: personal information, numbers, dates, times, requesting goods and services in shops, hotels etc; finding your way around - public transport, directions. Grammar: present tenses, articles, prepositions, adjective agreement, some pronouns, modal verbs + infinitive, the passato prossimo.

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

We'll do everything covered in year 1, plus: • Plan a trip to Italy • Talk about different types of holiday accommodation • Say how the weather is • Say what you did on holiday • Say what you did at the weekend • Talk about your family • Compare family relationships • Say what you used to do as a child • Say where you used to go on holiday as a child Grammar: passato prossimo / the perfect tense (past tense) , participi passati irregolari / irregular past participles, avverbi di tempo / adverbs of time, ci vuole/ci vogliono / it takes..., aggettivi possessivi/ possessive adjectives, passato prossimo dei verbi riflessivi / past tense of reflexive verbs, imperfetto / imperfect.

How is the course organised?

This course needs your active participation - you have to be prepared to have a go! You'll be encouraged to speak as much as possible in class, to work in small groups and pairs, to work each lesson on all 4 skills: listening and understanding, speaking, reading and writing. We use the course book, tapes, handouts, worksheets, realia (authentic documents), material from the internet.. We aim above all to give you confidence, to have fun - but to work hard as well!

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

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 15 minutes a day on some kind of language practice - listening to a tape, watching a video, repeating, working with a CD ROM, etc, etc, organising and keeping up your course portfolio. Visit

How will my progress be assessed?

In class by your contributions; written work where set. A variety of listening and speaking activities will enable your tutor to monitor your progress. 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 Lower Intermediate Stage 2.

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

Coursebook – check title with tutor or curriculum manager before you buy. Dictionary and verb book (tutor will advise). Loose leaf paper. A4 ringbinder, notebooks, vocabulary book.

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. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.