Italian For Beginners & Improvers

Ref: C3675591

This term we will cover booking a hotel room, buying tickets to travel, telling the time using 12 and 24 hour clocks, ordering meals in a restaurant and expressing preferences. We will continue to develop numbers skills, and grammar points will be introduced as needed. The emphasis is on developing conversational skills.

Course aim

To develop the students' ability to converse in and understand simple Italian as a visitor to Italy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Although this is term 3, it may be possible to accommodate complete beginners, but you will need to speak to the tutor. Definitely suitable for returners.

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

  • book a hotel room
  • understand timetables, buy tickets and travel
  • order food in a restaurant and express preferences
  • understand money and increase my skills with numbers generally
  • have learned a number of grammar points as they arise in the course of learning

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Usborne Italian for Beginners BBC Talk Italian 1

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • It is possible that this course could continue into a second year in the Autumn.

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Italian For Beginners & Improvers

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  • 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
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