Italian Lower Intermediate Stage 3

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 20/04/2020 13/07/2020 LI3050

What will the course cover?

The development of oral, listening, reading and writing skills through the use of audio-visual and authentic materials. Topics covered include childhood memories, past holidays and habits as well as descriptions of people and places. Grammatically we’ll look at some of the tenses used to talk about the past, comparatives and the present conditional of some common verbs

Who is the course for?

Anyone who has enough knowledge to benefit from the course. You should have completed around 100 hours’ of classroom study

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

See Course Info Sheet for Lower-Intermediate Stage 2 for all details of what's been covered so far. Also ask tutor or curriculum manager if you can sit in and try it (if there are spaces in the class) before you enrol.

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

• Say things you did in the past (holidays, routine activities) • Say things you used to do as a child, places you used to go to • Say why you like/dislike things • Describe someone phisically, say how their personality is • Suggest ideas (e.g. for healthy eating) • Give advice Grammar: the imperfect; contrast between imperfect and perfect tenses; the use of cominciare and finire; comparatives with come / quanto; indefinite pronouns (qualcuno, nessuno); the present conditional of some verbs

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, handouots, 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, downloading matrials from websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/languages organising and keeping up your course portfolio.

How will my progress be assessed?

You will be encouraged to assess your own progress with help from your tutor, who will monitor your achievements by question and answer, some written work, quizzes, questionnaires, games and some more formal achievement tests. You will need to keep a detailed portfolio of your coursework so that both you and your tutor can monitor and record your progress. Also the class Course File will hold a record of your progress, which you must help to keep up to date.

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

Italian Intermediate Stage 1 / Italian GCSE

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

Coursebook: Italian Espresso (Vol1.) Check with tutor before buying. Dictionary and verb book (tutor will advise). Loose leaf paper. A4 ringbinder, notebooks, vocabulary book.

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 in the prospectus or from Teaching or Reception staff.