Il ventennio fascista

Course Dates: 03/07/24 - 17/07/24
Time: 13:00 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Nel 1922 Benito Mussolini diventa primo ministro. Nel corso degli anni le opposizioni politiche vengono eliminate. Il Fascismo diventa un regime totalitario che resterà al potere fino al 1943. Analizzeremo le cause e circostanze che portarono alla nascita di questo fenomeno politico e le sue fasi evolutive.

This course is designed for advanced Italian learners but is also open to native speakers of Italian, who may find it informative.
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Il ventennio fascista
  • Course Code: LNW52
  • Dates: 03/07/24 - 17/07/24
  • Time: 13:00 - 15:30
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Roberto Minardi

Course Code: LNW52

Wed, day, 03 Jul - 17 Jul '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course deals with the fascist regime in Italy (1922–1943) and how it evolved. It will provide an overview on influential figures and factors that caused the consolidation of this totalitarian system.

What will we cover?

We will discuss:
1) What caused the rise of Fascism
2) The formative years of the totalitarian regime
3) Imperial expansion and alignment with Nazism
4) The Italian Socialist Republic 1943-1945.

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

- Have a clearer understanding of the evolution of Fascism in the first half of the 20th century in Italy
- Expand your vocabulary to discuss political movements and history.

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

This lecture will be conducted only in Italian and is therefore aimed at those of you who have developed a good level of listening comprehension. Mainly suitable for those of you who are attending Italian 3 upper, Italian 4 or Italian 5 at City Lit or who have an equivalent level.

The course will focus on content knowledge instead of language skills, which means that your level of Italian should be advanced but not necessarily native-like. The course will offer advanced language learners both an opportunity to develop their knowledge about a topic and a chance to expand their vocabulary related to it. For native language speakers, the course will allow them to delve into a topic of their interest and learn more about it.

If you're unsure about your level, please email

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

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

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

No other costs apart from a notebook and pen. The tutor will provide learning resources.

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

Your tutor will be able to give you ideas about what you might like to study next.

Roberto Minardi

Roberto moved to London in 1999. In 2002, he took a Diploma in Teaching Foreign Languages, and since then he has taught Italian in various colleges and universities. In 2005 he gained a CELTA qualification and moved to Central America for about a year. There he began teaching English, a job he carried on doing for various years on his return to England. Teaching English to speakers of other languages gave him the opportunity to work with students from diverse educational backgrounds, and allowed him to refine the technique of using the target language in class. Roberto strongly believes in helping students to build a positive attitude towards using Italian as much as possible, and to overcome the inhibition adults often experience, so that they can enjoy using the language. He went on to get a Joint BA in French Studies & Spanish and Latin American Studies. He has published several volumes of poetry in Italian. In addition to his interest in languages and literature, he has done extensive personal study in areas such as Italian Baroque, 19th and 20th century Italian art and history, and Italian dialects. Roberto enjoys sharing his studies and knowledge in class.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.