What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to improve speakers' ability to communicate fluently and effectively in spoken Italian by enabling them to lose the characteristic sounds of their native tongue and to acquire an accent closer to standard Italian. We will focus on how specific changes to the positions of the speech organs will result in a more accurate articulation and on how to master the rhythms and intonation of spoken Italian.
What will we cover?
- Italian vowel sounds
- single vs. double consonants
- rhythm and intonation
- monophthongs and diphthongs in Italian
- word stress and sentence stress
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Speak with a more natural pace and rhythm.
- Be able to recoginse and produce more accurately Italian vowel sounds
- Distinguish between single and double consonant sounds
- Understand more about elision and other phonetic features in spoken Italian
- Feel more confident about your spoken Italian.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all learners studying Italian from intermediate to advanced level (Italian 2 Upper and higher). If you are unsure of your level, please phone the Languages department on 020 7492 2644.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
As the focus of this course is on pronunciation and how sounds are physically produced, much of the delivery will be in English. The articulation process of each sound is explained and demonstrated by the tutor. You will work on practical examples of language and deductively discover and analyse features such as rhythm, pace, accent, intonation and elisions.During the sessions you will work both individually and in pairs/groups. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. It is expected that you will spend an average of two hours per week studying and preparing material at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The tutor will let you know if you need any materials besides a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you are not already enrolled on one of our mainstream Italian courses, the tutor would be happy to advise you on your level.