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Italian 1A

Assumes no previous knowledge. Basic spoken Italian for everyday, routine situations, for pleasure or business, for socialising with first language speakers and for an insight into their way of life.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for people who have no previous knowledge of the language. It is suitable for any person wanting to learn the language for pleasure or business at a very basic level. The course will also function as an introduction to the sounds and patterns of the language and to the skills of learning a foreign language. Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to develop speaking and listening skills in Italian and to foster the ability to use those skills effectively for the purpose of practical communication.
The course aims to cover the following topic areas of relevance to the students on their first trip to Italy: greetings; ordering drinks and snacks; giving simple information about yourself; finding out about other people; countries and nationalities; alphabet and spelling; counting and recognising numbers; talking about your job; asking and giving the time; enquiring about opening and closing times; dates and days of the week.
Within each topic area the course will explore some of the most common grammar structures and colloquial expressions where these are relevant to a particular function.
You will be working towards CEFR A1 level of competency.
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
- Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
(the above covers most of CEFR A1)

Learning objectives will be discussed with the students and adjustments may be made to meet their interests.

What will it be like

Some formal teaching will be necessary using Italian where possible, and as much as possible. However, the emphasis will be on communicative methods combined with some practice exercises (e.g. gap-filling, word searches, mix and match) and roleplaying in groups or pairs.
Authentic texts and recordings are used. Errors are corrected by the tutor, but mistakes which do not affect effective communication are not corrected.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA).
This is done through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening, tutor's feedback oral or written, feedback on your worksheets or assignments, your own views, peer or pair assessments through role play activities. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Pen and notepad.
A recommended text book will be advised by the tutor. Students can find course books from the Italian Bookshop 5 Warwick Street, London W18 5LU

What this course could lead to

Stage 1B at the Centre or elsewhere.

I am now retired and still really enjoy engaging in a learning environment with others. Learning a new language is a challenge that I enjoy.

S. Maxwell


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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