Italian beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 20/04/21 - 06/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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Learn to speak Italian on this communicative course for beginners, with the emphasis on the practical use of Italian and the development of your speaking and listening skills. Based on Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni, Italian version). Once you've completed this course you can continue with 'Italian 1: module 2.'.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: LN104

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Started Tue, eve, 20 Apr - 06 Jul '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course aims to introduce you to the basic aspects of the Italian language and to enable you to take part in simple conversations.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Based on Chapters 1-4 of Nuovo Espresso 1 (student's book, published by Alma Edizioni)

Topics: greetings; introductions; alphabet and spelling; numbers; the time; say how you are; the restaurant; leisure activities; likes and dislikes.

Grammar: the verbs to be, to have and to go; the formal and informal way of addressing someone; the present tense; the negative.

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

-greet people
-introduce yourself
-exchange personal information (name, nationality, job etc)
-tell the time
-order food at a restaurant
-talk about leisure activities
-express likes and dislikes.

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

Stage 1 module 1 course - no previous knowledge of Italian required.

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?

Nuovo Espresso 1 (student's book, pulbished by Alma Edizioni). Please try: The Italian Bookshop - www.italianbookshop.co.uk (020 7240 1634).

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

Italian beginners: module 2. Please enrol on the next module as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.

Simona Cecchini

Simona is from Perugia but studied in Milan where her passion for languages culminated with a degree in French. There, she taught French at a Senior high School before going to the States for 6 years. She moved to London and, from 2001, she has been teaching Italian (Adult Education) at CityLit, other Colleges and at Kingston University. From 2012 she has also been teaching Community Interpreting and that has given her the opportunity to have a deeper insight into other cultures and backgrounds. Her teaching techniques, personality and empathy have earned her very gratifying feed backs from her students: “… after just one year I feel able to have simple conversations about various topics, … Simona also incorporated many interactive activities in class so that I had the chance to speak, make mistakes, get corrected and learn to use the language… I would definitely sign up again… Konrad) “… A wonderful teacher (Simona is very friendly and engaging and always helpful and adapted really well to going online). "(Malcom)

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.