Italian Cuisine Taster

Ref: C3677902

A hands-on online workshop that will give you the opportunity to start exploring the Italian cuisine and culture. In this taster session you will learn how to cook a traditional Italian dish, following step by step instruction from our expert Italian tutor. Then, if you wish to really learn and practice with some traditional Italian dishes, you can enrol in the Italian Cuisine course. To take actively part in this taster session you will need (doses for 4 portions): - 400g of tinned chickpeas - 1 onion - 1 carrot - 1 stick of celery - 100g of thin sliced bacon (or pork belly) – not compulsory - 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle at the end - 1 sprig of rosemary, needles picked and roughly chopped (or dried rosemary) - 200g of pasta, small shapes such as ditalini or macaroni - sea/rock salt - freshly ground black pepper A chopping board, a kitchen knife (to chop onion, carrot and celery), a medium size saucepan/pot.

Course aim

This 90 minute taster, run by a native Italian speaker, will be an interactive and engaging session and will give you a flavour of what you will be learning during the Italian Cuisine course (9 hours).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Impress my friends and family by cooking a traditional Italian dish
  • Describe a few aspects of the Italian cuisine
  • Explain how to transfer the skills learned to other recipes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

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

Download full course information sheet

Italian Cuisine Taster

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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