Italian Proficiency 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
Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 11 MAC 19/09/2019 12/12/2019 LI1150

What will the course cover?

This year we will explore Italian history from unfication (1861) till today through films, photographs, short stories, articles, songs and other materials. We shall look at some of the themes and issues underlying modern Italian society. Students will be encouraged to work on individual porjects on a topic of their choice. Term 1:1861 - 1914 Term 2: 1915 - 1968 Term 3: 1969 -2011

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an upper intermediate level (A level and above) of Italian who would like to improve their language skills and knowledge of Italy and the Italians.

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

"Able to talk about everyday topics in Italian with a good degree of fluency and able to read a newspaper article / a short story with the occasional use of a dictionary. If in doubt, come and try a class before you enrol. "

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

"• Read with confidence a variety of Italian texts • Talk about and exchange information with others about the articles read • Feel more confident about their own grammar • Use reference materials to search for vocabulary • Use the internet for further research ‘topics’ • Have a better understanding and appreciation of Italy, Italian culture and the Italian way of life "

How is the course organised?

"Most lessons will have both textual and visual input. Language work will try to expand and enrich learners’ vocabulary and class discussions and activities will help students achieve greater fluency. Homework will be given every week either as texts to be read or compositions to be written. "

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

An hour or so a week for homework would be the minimum expected but students will be encouraged to explore issues of interest to them (by reading books or articles or using the internet) and make short presentations to the class.

How will my progress be assessed?

"First of all by your contributions in class and the written homework done at home. A variety of listening and speaking activities will also benefit your progress and knowledge. At the beginning of the course you will agree with your tutor a number of individual learning objectives against which you can then measure your progress during the course. 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 Proficiency Stage 2

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

"No textbook as such as all the articles will be chosen by either tutor or students from current newspapers /magazines / internet sites. Vocabulary book, notebook, ring binder to keep handouts would be useful. A good dictionary – the tutor will advise. "

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.