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

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the ACT, all CCE community courses scheduled for face to face delivery in term 1 2022 have been moved online for the first 4 weeks ONLY. These courses will return to the classroom in the first week of March 2022.


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ANU CCE short Language courses typically run for 9 weeks, ideal for beginners, seniors, or those looking to continue studies post-graduation. Study online or in-person at the ANU Centre for Continuing Education in Canberra.

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Mon 31 Jan 2022 - Mon 04 Apr 2022

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

8 spots remaining.

Thu 03 Feb 2022 - Thu 07 Apr 2022

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

Be introduced to the Italian language by learning how to communicate some basic needs and wants in a travel situation and receive and respond to related information.  Grammar and 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

Communicative goals

  • Theme 1: Greetings and introducing oneself.
  • Theme 2: Asking for food and beverages; Ordering from a menu; asking for prices.
  • Theme 3: Asking and receiving information about where to locate various places.
  • Theme 4: Buying food at the markets or at the grocer. Indicating quantities.
  • Theme 5: Shopping for clothing; expressing likes and dislikes; describing clothing
  • Theme 6: Asking the time, timetables, arrivals and departures.
  • Theme 7: Asking and receiving information with regard to sightseeing. E.g. Museums
  • Theme 8: Asking for help.  Eg. at the doctor, at the chemist.

Linguistic Goals

  • Acquiring a functional vocabulary related to the themes. Eg. Numbers, foods
  • Acquire an understanding of syntax, agreements and conjugations commensurate to the scope and length of the course.
  • Acquire the ability to reproduce authentic Italian sounds. i.e. Phonetics and diction.
  • Use model to produce own expressions  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Greet and introduce themselves and others.
  • Articulate simple requests in everyday situations and comprehend simple information.
  • Express a range of needs, wants and preferences
  • Gain and or increase their appreciation of things Italian
  • Gain insight into Italian culture and social practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of Italian grammar
  • Demonstrate good intonation and clear pronunciation

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.

Thu 10 Feb 2022 - Thu 07 Apr 2022

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

This is an exciting course designed to open up possibilities in expressing yourself with Italians and understanding them. Using simple Italian you will learn to make choices within the situation of planning where to go in Italy, including booking and catching trains, negotiating times, booking hotels or apartments, describing restaurants and ordering local specialties - all with confidence. You will also widen your grammar skills by learning to talk about yourself using sentences and ask questions, such as what can you do if there is a problem.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: The main themes will be on telling the time in such scenarios as asking when a concert starts and understanding train timetables and getting around Italy with transport. You will also be introduced to the present tense in relation to travelling such as: to arrive, to leave, to stay, and to the modal verb "potere", meaning "can".
  • Topic 2: You will extend your time skills to asking when opening and closing times of shops, museums, and restaurants as well as incorporating the days of the week, months, and special dates such as birthdays.
  • Topic 3: The theme for this week is on asking what there is to see and do in a town and providing the same responses when asked yourself. You will be able to provide more detailed directions, especially when driving. Grammar will be focussed on nouns and articulated prepositions and you'll be introduced to interrogatives such as asking about what you have to do.
  • Topic 4: There will be a focus on booking a room in a hotel, especially when there is a problem while using modal verbs, "posso" and "devo". Work on interrogatives will also continue.
  • Topic 5: This week will be focussed on the use of "del", the word used for saying "some" in Italian as well as using the present tense and revising previous lessons.
  • Topic 6: This lesson will see you ordering in a restaurant, asking for the bill and buying and ordering for others as well as finding a good restaurant online. You will be working on the direct and indirect pronouns during this week.
  • Topic 7: You will be reading from a recipe in this week while working on the reflexive verbs "alzarsi" and "vedersi’" as well as some revision work.
  • Topic 8: This week will mainly be focussed on revision but you will also work on writing a postcard saying what you do every day while in Florence.

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.