Italian GCSE

Course code: LNY21

Gain a GCSE qualification and develop your practical language and exam skills. Suitable if you have studied Italian for about two years. The course fee includes non refundable exam costs payable in advance. Course fees are payable in instalments. Interviews are by appointments only. Please call the languages department on 020 7492 2644 to arrange and interview.



Dates: 25/09/14 - 11/06/15
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

What is the course about?

This course aims to prepare you for the GCSE examination higher tier and to consolidate and extend your existing skills in Italian.

Examination board: Edexcel.

What will we cover?

GCSE topics: personal identification, family, pets, leisure, hobbies and entertainment, everyday activities, food and drink, health, welfare and fitness, house and home, town and local area, shopping, holidays and accommodation, school, further education and work, language and communication in workplace, the environment and society, travel and transport, public services, world events and issues, relations with others.

Grammar: emphasis on past tenses, pronouns and prepositions; understanding and limited use of some conditional and subjunctive.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-give and seek information about yourself and others
-describe your home
-describe your family and domestic routine
-express likes and dislikes
-talk about your school/education/job/future plans
-discuss hobbies/arrange leisure activities/express opinions
-find the way, give information and talk about transport
-communicate as a host or guest
-talk about holidays and holiday accommodation/make plans
-talk about food and drink: recipes, restaurants, at home
-express state of health/describe illness
-enquire about/describe goods required shopping/state preferences
-deal with problems and use services: post office, bank, lost property
-describe/comment on weather/understand basic forecasts
-make acquaintances/arrange meetings
-understand main aspects of Italian culture and society
-write/reply to a variety of letters/postcards, invitations & messages (some may be hand-written)
-read short articles/reviews in the Italian press and comment on them
-talk about environmental issues.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Stage 2 upper course - You should have attended a Stage 2 lower course or have a lower intermediate level of Italian, having studied for about 2 years. Interviews start from July. Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited. For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Course material will be provided by the tutor.

Do I need to check my level before I enrol?

Yes. Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions. Interviews start from July. Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited.
Please note: Term 1: 20/09/12 - 06/12/12 (12 weeks). Term 2: 10/01/13 - 14/03/12 (10 weeks). Term 3: 11/04/13 - 16/05/13 (6 weeks).

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. There will be regular homework and an examination at the end of the course.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Italian stage 3 Lower courses in September.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.


This course has now finished


Finished Thu, eve, 25 Sep - 11 Jun '15

Duration: 35 sessions (over 28 weeks)

Full fee: £541.00
Senior fee: £541.00
Concession: £51.00
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