Little Italy

Ref: C3840817

Many people take holidays in Italy, nowadays. How much nicer it would be if you could communicate to the locals in Italian. Italians take you to their heart if you try to say something to them in their language. What is more, it is not a difficult language to speak at the elementary level. This course will give you all the basic Italian you need to get by in the most commonly encountered tourist situations.

Course aim

This is an introductory course in spoken Italian.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • appreciate another culture.
  • understand basic questions put to me as a tourist.
  • reply to the above basic questions.
  • understand the most common public signs and notices.
  • progress to post beginner courses in Italian.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • students will work in pairs and small group to practice language items that the teacher presents.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • the main feedback is obvious: you will see a growing ability to communicate in Italian.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Pen and paper. Perhaps a pocket English-Italian dictionary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • In the past, students have seen this course as a first step towards GCSE Italian.

Download full course outline

Little Italy Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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