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Thu 05 Mar 2020 - Thu 09 Apr 2020

18:00 - 20:00

6 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Italy is a fascinating cultural mosaic, each of the 20 regions of Italy has a unique territory and history which determined the development of unique cultures.  In this course, Sardegna, one of the five Italian regions governed under Special Statute, will be the context to further Italian language studies.  Each week one aspect of the island will be explored: from its geography to its history, through to folklore and its arts, not neglecting its cuisine and considerable tourist attractions.

Grammar points and verb conjugations will be elaborated and revised with ad-hoc exercises.

All material will be provided.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Express opinions and ideas with increasing ease and sophistication.
  2. Increment and use descriptive language in a variety of contexts with confidence.
  3. Relate stories and personal experiences in an increasingly sophisticated language
  4. Use increasingly sophisticated language with a focus on conditional and subjunctive moods
  5. Ask complex and probing questions.  Comment, critique and expand on the material presented and participate to conversations with increased confidence and an ever more sophisticated language register.

Who should enrol

This course is for advanced students (Level B2)

Thu 13 Feb 2020 - Thu 09 Apr 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
1 spot remaining.

Tue 05 May 2020 - Tue 30 Jun 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
18 spots remaining.

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

Course materials

Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications (ISBN: 9780563519454) is used during the course. It is recommended that you buy the book and CD.  Extension material will be provided to support both the communicative goals and the acquisition of grammar.

Who should enrol

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

Wed 12 Feb 2020 - Wed 08 Apr 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Thu 07 May 2020 - Thu 02 Jul 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
18 spots remaining.

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.

Course materials

You are asked to purchase Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications as it will be the basis of the course. It is recommended that you buy the CD that accompanies the textbook. The same text is recommended for all beginning and intermediate courses. Grammatical sheets will be given out in class.

Tue 11 Feb 2020 - Tue 07 Apr 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Wed 06 May 2020 - Wed 01 Jul 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
18 spots remaining.

Wed 06 May 2020 - Wed 01 Jul 2020

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
18 spots remaining.

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

Course materials

Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications (ISBN: 9780563519454) is used during the course. It is recommended but not essential that you buy the book and CD.  Extension material will be provided to support both the communicative goals and the acquisition of grammar.

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.

Mon 24 Feb 2020 - Mon 06 Apr 2020

18:00 - 20:00

6 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

Together we will read the police mystery Indagine a Firenze.  The reading of one chapter each week will provide the context to develop further vocabulary, grammatical knowledge and idiomatic phrases, to talk about the characters and events, to conjecture about possible outcomes and at the same time learn more about the city in which the story is set.  Participants will be encouraged to talk about their favourite readings and cities that they have experienced either as tourists or as residents.  There will be a systematic revision of basic grammatical elements and as always a focus on verb conjugation.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Express opinions and ideas with increasing ease and sophistication.
  2. Expand their knowledge and use of descriptive language.
  3. Demonstrate increased confidence in the posing of questions and receiving answers with more sophisticated comprehension.
  4. Relate stories and personal experiences in an increasingly complex language
  5. Acquire confidence in correctly conjugating and using verbs in the indicative and conditional moods.
  6. Participate with increased ease to conversations on a variety of topics.

Who should enrol

This course is for intermediate students (level A2 - B1)

Course materials

The book and CD is available through Bookdepository UK (Indagine a Firenze; Andrea Gerini, CIDEB)