Italian 5: Italia oggi
Time: 19:35 - 21:05
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
This course will increase your understanding of some aspects of contemporary Italy through the study of news articles in the press and on TV. With a particular emphasis on speaking practice, you will also increase your confidence in using the language.
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?
Various topical themes of current interest, drawn from newspapers, magazines, TV, cinema, literary texts and personal experiences.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The learning outcomes will be negotiated at the beginning of the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 5 course - Students should have studied Italian for about at least 6 years or have lived in the country or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
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?
Most materials will be provided by the tutor but students' contribution will also be appreciated. If a course book is recommended please try: The Italian Bookshop - www.italianbookshop.co.uk (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Italian 5: Italia Oggi term 2 in January.
Silvana is a friendly, fun, patient teacher who loves teaching adults. But she is also a qualified teacher who holds a QTS certificate and has worked, as a lecturer in Italian, for two major Sixth Form Colleges in London. She is familiar with classroom management, dealing with mixed ability groups, updated teaching materials, setting targets and achieving goals. Silvana has experience in teaching adults at different language levels, from beginners' Italian to advanced level courses, including business and literature. She has a passion for languages, creative writing, and literature, has worked as a translator and has an MA in media studies. Therefore, digital tools (such as: videos, online newspapers, social media) are an integral part of her teaching. “I use new technologies and online resources, because I believe they make the lesson more dynamic and fun. But my main concern is to create a friendly and relaxed environment in which students can learn, have fun, and make friends. I believe that a cooperative class environment can make learning more enjoyable and more effective.”
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.