What is the course about?
This intensive course introduces you to the basic aspects of the Italian language and will enable you to take part in simple conversations. The three modules of Rapidamente (1,2 and 3) cover year 1 and year 2 (Italian 1 and Italian 2 Lower).
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Book to be advised on first lesson.
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...
-exchange personal information (name, nationality, job etc)
-ask and give the time
-order food at the restaurant
-talk about leisure activities
-express likes and dislikes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for learners who already speak a romance language or who would like to learn at a much faster pace.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Italian Rapidamente module 2. Please enrol on the next module as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.