Italian Intermediate

Ref: C3678920

Students on this course will have completed at least 2 years of study, or will have an equivalent level of the language. The course will allow students to revise and expand their command of Italian, whilst adding considerably to their vocabulary and increasing their knowledge of Italian grammar. The course is based on the BBC book Italianissimo (although a beginners' book, it is rich in interesting material), with additional more advanced material and more advanced grammar where necessary. It also includes audio and video. At the end of the year, you will have increased your abilities in all 4 skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, with the emphasis on communication. During the course you will also practise using numbers in various situations. You will also learn about Italy, the country and its varied cultures. If you're not sure of your level, don't hesitate to speak to the tutor. Although this is term 2, new students are very welcome to join us.

Course aim

To improve the student's ability to converse in and understand Italian when visiting Italy.

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.
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • understand how to improve my pronunciation
  • understand a number of new and revised grammar and language points
  • understand and translate texts and understand the spoken word at an appropriate level
  • be more fluent in conversing in various situations
  • demonstrate an improvement in my use of numbers in various situations

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
  • 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

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:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • The course is based on the BBC publication Italianissimo - used as a basis for grammar and revision, along with other more advanced materials. CDs are also available. Other reading and listening materials and exercises will be provided by the tutor as we go along.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • We expect to run for the full 3 terms this year, and to continue into the next academic year, and onwards from there. This course has now developed into a continuing progressive course, and materials will change in accordance with the appropriate student levels and interests.

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Italian Intermediate


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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