Further develop your 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 a basic knowledge of the language and/or students who completed Stage 1 in the past but need revision. It is suitable for any person wanting to converse more with native speakers for pleasure or business. The course will also function as an introduction 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 langusages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover
The aim of the course is to develop speaking, reading and listening skills in Italian and to foster the ability to use those skills effectively for the purpose of practical communication.
The course plans to cover the following topic areas of relevance to the students on their first trip to Italy: expressing admiration; understanding prices and rates of exchange; changing money; using Italian weights and measures; shopping for food; talking about eating habits; saying what you like and dislike; saying what you have done recently.
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.
- Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
Course objectives will be discussed with the students and adjustments may be made to meet their interests and needs.
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 role-playing in groups or pairs. Authentic texts and recordings (both sound and video) 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.
Course book: That's Allegro (A1) by L. Toffolo, N. Nuti - Edilingua Pubs (Student book optional)
A small dictionary
You will be given self- assessed homework on a weekly basis, to revise learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language. By spending about 15/20 minutes a day practising the language, reading the handouts and/or preparing to for discussion of the topic of the week you will make real progress.
What this course could lead to
Stage 2 at the Centre or courses at CEFR A2 level elsewhere.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
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