Italian For Beginners and Improvers

Ref: C3674805

Students will learn how to communicate in everyday situations, including getting directions, talking about where you live and work, seeking and giving directions and finding places, shopping for food and learning numbers. Improvers will have the opportunity to practise and improve these skills. Complete beginners will have ample opportunity to practise language studied last term, as all terms include revision and practice of previous language and grammar.

Course aim

To develop the student's ability to converse in, understand and improve their basic Italian.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • give and follow directions, talk about where you live and work
  • find places, enquire about opening times and days
  • shop for food and understand prices
  • understand how to talk about the present and use the right verb endings; correctly use masculine, feminine and plural endings for nouns and adjectives; ask simple questions
  • Use the numbers 0 to 999 with increasing confidence.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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
  • I offer students the opportunity of having work marked as they go along if they so wish. Completion of homework will help me to assess progress and feed back, either in a class situation or individually where appropriate.

What else do I need to know?

  • The course books are Talk Italian 1 (BBC) and Italian for Beginners (Usborne). Copies will be available until students can provide their own copies. There are accompanying CD's with each book which are not vital to the course but are recommended for listening at home.

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
  • This 10-week course forms term two of a year-long course, but beginners are welcome to join us at this point, as the previous term's material will be revised along the way. At this stage we anticipate a term 3 after Easter. There is also a second year course available, subject to demand.

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Italian For Beginners and Improvers


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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