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Become acquainted with the sounds, sights and food of Italy through learning this ever popular language.

Mon 30 Jan 2023 - Mon 03 Apr 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

Tue 07 Feb 2023 - Tue 04 Apr 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

Be introduced to the Italian language by learning how to communicate with simple conversations in a travel and work situations while asking other personal related questions such as age and interests. Grammar is covered to provide foundation skills for further studies and independent learning. Italian culture, traditions and current way of life will form part of the narrative in each lesson.

Course outline

Grammar

  • Nouns (gender and number) 
  • Adjectives (gender and number)
  • The definite article
  • The indefinite article
  • The present indicative (essere and avere)
  • The present indicative of regular verbs
  • Adjectives ending in –e
  • Relative pronoun
  • Modal verbs

Vocabulary

Greetings, nationalities, professions, cardinal numbers, asking name and age, describing physical appearance and personality, being polite, ask for information, describe homes, asking for the time, describing hobbies and interests.

Topics

  1. Greeting and introducing yourself in formal and informal contexts including titles such as signore/a. The class will also introduce students to the pronunciation of the Italian alphabet.
  2. This week will focus on nouns and adjectives identifying the gender and number, before learning about the verb ‘essere’ using the present tense
  3. Expanding on the gender and number of nouns, this week will introduce students to the definite articles in Italian, before learning the verb ‘avere’ using the present tense to ask questions regarding age and feeling.
  4. Students will expand their knowledge of verbs to regular verbs in the present tense. The lesson will also cover the use of indefinite articles.
  5. Students will extend their use of essere using the relative pronoun ‘dove’ while learning new adjectives to describe people and their features. The lesson will include a listening and reading exercise when meeting new people.
  6. This week will introduce more irregular verbs in the present tense and applying them to describe personal interests and hobbies.
  7. Students will be introduced to the modal verbs ‘potere’, ‘volere’ and ‘dovere’ and how they are used to express meanings of obligation, permission and desires.
  8. Students also will learn how to tell and ask the time in Italian, followed by developing reading and comprehension skills to assist with travelling in Italian cities.

Who should enrol

Total beginners and lovers of Italian. Really for anyone that loves Italian food and culture!

What our students say

"Loved it - fun and academic at the same time"

"The Italian beginners class was a great introduction to Italian language and culture. The teacher was engaging and very knowledgeable."

"The classes were well conducted, interesting, lively and a lot of fun"

"The course was intensive, interactive and fun."

"The course content was well targeted, relevant and useful, and the teaching was engaging and fun."

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.

Tue 02 May 2023 - Tue 27 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

This is an exciting course designed to assist you in travelling throughout Italy. You will learn how to read schedules, describe preferences and interests, and grow your conversation skills to express yourself and locating places, objects and people. You will also widen your grammar skills by learning to talk and describe events in the past and future.

Course outline

Topics

  1. Expanding on students’ knowledge of definite articles and prepositions, you will learn about articulated prepositions and partitive articles to describe wanting ‘some’ of a particular item or action.
  2. This week you will learn how to locate objects using the article ‘ci’ combined with your knowledge of essere. Students will also learn about possessive pronouns and the relationship to the number and gender of nouns.
  3. This week will be focussed on the use of ‘grazie’ in formal and informal settings. The lesson will also incorporate learning about the seasons, months and numbers a thousand to a million. Listening and comprehension skills will include writing letters and text messages in Italian. There will be a focus on the simple past tense ‘il passato prossimo’ including the use of essere, avere and the construction of the past participle.
  4. The theme for this week will be about stating the date of certain events such as birthdays and other significant events. Students will also learn about adverbs with the past perfect tense.
  5. This lesson will see you ordering in a café, before expanding student’s knowledge of modal verbs and apply them to ‘il passato prossimo’
  6. There will be a focus on the simple future tense for regular and irregular verbs to explain upcoming events. This will include revision of the present indicative tense and compare the differences in use from the future tense. Reading and comprehension skills will learn about how Italians spend their weekends and the bar/coffee culture.  
  7. This week we will explore how to travel by train in Italy, you'll be introduced to interrogatives such as asking about information to travel.
  8. This week you will learn about the future perfect to describe completed events in the future. There will also be a focus on understanding weather forecasts and developing reading and comprehension skills regarding Christmas in Italy.
  9. Followed by a reading and comprehension activity related to new years in Italy. 

Grammar

  • Articulated Prepositions
  • The Partitive Article
  • Possessive Pronouns
  • The use of C’è and ci sono
  • The past participle in the regular and irregular
  • The present perfect
  • The adverb ci
  • Adverbs with the present perfect
  • Modal verbs with the present perfect
  • Simple future of regular and irregular verbs

Vocabulary

Furniture, information regarding schedules, expressing doubt, months and seasons, expressing possession, locating objects, expressing indefinite quantities, numbers from 2000 to 1 million, weekend activities, recount past events, ask for the date, ordering in a coffee shop, express preferences, making plans, predictions, promises, and hypotheses and to express doubts, train travel in Italy, weather forecasts, holidays in Italy

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to function socially in both informal and formal ways in situations such as asking for more precise directions, booking a room in a hotel, ordering according to the menu in a restaurant, trying to solve a problem, talking about immediate past events, travels, and asking Italians about their lives.
  • improved vocabulary, grammar, aural comprehensions and conversation

Who should enrol

This course is open to people who have studied Italian for at least a term, who have lived for a short while in Italy or who come from an Italian family background.

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Beginning Italian 3 is designed for those who have studied at least two terms of Italian or the equivalent. You will continue to practise your conversation skills through activities that will increase your understanding of Italian grammar and increase your vocabulary. The activities will also develop your other language skills of listening, reading and writing. 

Course outline

  • Week 1  Capitolo 10: We will revise verbs in the present tense, time, and learn about key festivals in Italy. Orvieto in Umbria is the cultural focus for this and later chapters.
  • Week 2  Capitolo 11: More revision, of prices, quantities and adjectives, will be followed by irregular plurals. A memory game will practise how to say ‘cosa c’e?’
  • Week 3  Capitolo 12: Modal verbs, such as potere, dovere, volere, will be the focus for the lesson. Activities, such as going to the bank or service station, will centre on asking someone to do something for you.
  • Week 4  Capitolo 12: Modal verbs will continue as the focus with practice situations such as going shopping and asking for information. Creating dialogues based on each situation will extend the lesson’s vocabulary and grammar.
  • Week 5  Capitolo 13: How things are done or made, such as food or wine, will be explained. Direct object pronouns will be introduced, such as mi, and la. The slow food movement and typical Italian regional specialities and recipes will be discussed, including recipes for tagliatelle and tiramisu.
  • Week 6  Capitolo 14: The past tense, il passato prossimo, conjugated with avere will be introduced, with a list of irregular past participles. Listening to and reading about past events will be extended with oral exercises recounting what you did yesterday or on the weekend.
  • Week 7  Capitolo 14: The past tense, il passato prossimo, will be continued, now conjugated with essere, as well as irregular past participles. Writing an email to a friend describing a holiday or an event will practise this tense and some irregular past participles.
  • Week 8  Capitolo 14 and revision: The past tense, il passato prossimo, conjugated with essere, will be continued. We will also revise the preceding chapters’ vocabulary and grammar through writing and presenting dialogues based on those  chapters. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should:

  • be able to communicate with confidence in a range of practical situations
  • have increased your knowledge of Italian grammar and formal and informal language

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has studied two terms of Italian, or who has lived in Italy for a short while.

What students say

"I highly recommend the CCE Italian courses. Both admin and teaching staff are efficient and helpful, and very friendly and attuned to students’ learning needs."

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.