La pronuncia italiana
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: LNP12
Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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.
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?
- 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.
Teaching Italian is Evi’s passion and profession. She started in 2000 after graduating with a degree in Humanities. Her first teaching experience with children of refugees initiated her interest and she took an MA in teaching Italian as a foreign language at Perugia University. In 2002 Evi started travelling and worked as a lecturer at the Italian Culture Institute in Madrid and Prague. Since moving to London she has worked for various colleges and universities, including City Lit since 2008. In 2015 Evi also gained a PGCE in Teaching Adults from the University of Westminster. Following several years of studies and teaching experience, her method is modern and communicative where practice comes first and one can learn the language alongside discovering the culture and society of the country. Evi has a curious and open attitude towards life. Her love for languages and other cultures has deepened the appreciation she holds for her own. She loves to help students expand their cultural understanding as well as advance and enjoy their learning.
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.