What is the course about?
The aim of this course is to extend your knowledge of Italian, through the close study of and discussion about an Italian work of literature each term, regular grammatical revision and occasional essays.
What will we cover?
These will include: the study, through reading, discussion and writing, of an author to be specified each term. Focus on grammatical structures such as: the subjunctive plus conditional moods; reported speech; the past historic and uses of other past tenses. Analysis of literary styles, sentence structures and idioms and style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The learning outcomes will be negociated at the beginning of the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 4 course. Students will need to have an advanced knowledge of Italian, particularly in reading and speaking skills. No formal qualification is necessary.
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?
The texts we will be working on will be specified at the beginning of the course. When a course book is recommended please try: The Italian Bookshop - www.italianbookshop.co.uk (020 7240 1634).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Italian 4 or 5 courses depending on level. Please ask your tutor for advice.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details