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, leisure, hobbies and entertainment, everyday activities, food and drink, health, welfare and fitness, house and home, town and local area, shopping, holidays and accommodation, education and work, travel and transport
Grammar: emphasis on past tenses, pronouns and prepositions; understanding and limited use of 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
-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.
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 at the start of the languages section of our course guide or on our website.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: direct (I see “you”) and indirect pronouns (I am talking to “you”), relative pronouns (John is the person “who” works on this project, this is the book “that” I borrowed from the library), main clause and subordinate.
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
Students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do approximately 30 minutes homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Course material will be provided by the tutor. Please bring writing material and a folder/ringbinder for the hand-outs.
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 Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details