Italian compact for beginners

Course Dates: 17/05/21 - 12/07/21
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
This compact Italian course for beginners offers a more flexible approach to learning, mixing group sessions for lively language practice and independent study time for reflection.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

Course Code: LN148

Mon, day, 17 May - 12 Jul '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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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 beginner course combines six online group sessions with a tutor and classmates and two independent study sessions. The independent study weeks (in weeks 3 and 6) will bring a pause for you to reflect on what you have learned and an opportunity to practise, consolidate and get feedback. This course is ideal for busy students who like to study independently as well as in a group.

The course structure is as follows:
Weeks 1 and 2: Online group sessions (led by the teacher)
Weeks 3: Independent study week
Weeks 4 and 5: Online group sessions. (led by the teacher)
Week 6: Independent study week. (independent study)
Weeks 7 and 8: Online group sessions. (led by the teacher).

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 ways of addressing someone; the present tense; forming negative sentences.

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?

No previous knowledge of Italian is required. 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 at

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.

Two of the sessions (3rd and 6th) are designed for students to study independently. Students will access the instructional resources and complete a series of tasks with remote support from the tutor.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Nuovo Espresso 1 student's book ("libro studente", published by Alma Edizioni).

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

Italian Beginners: module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as places 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.