For those who've had about 50-60 hours instruction, or who have spoken or studied Italian in the past. Learn how to deal with everyday situations in more detail, how to talk about future plans and past events and get to grips with the structure of the language.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for students who have completed Stages 2b. Newcomers are equally welcome if they feel they can cope fairly well already with the topics listed in the course descriptions for Stages 1a, b and c. It is suitable for any person wanting to converse more with native speakers. The course functions as a reinforcement to the sounds, patterns and structures of the language and to the skills of learning a foreign language.
To join language courses at stage 2, it is expected that you have reached A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
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What does this course cover
The following are indicative topic areas: Understanding and giving instructions, talking about sport, giving reasons, explaining health problems, asking and giving advice, making comparisons, understanding announcements, enquiring about timetables, getting directions, understanding weather bulletins, talking about holidays (present, past and future), making plans for the future, reading short texts.
With 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.
Italian stage 2 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
- Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). Catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
- Read very short, simple texts. Find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and understand short simple personal letters.
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Handle very short social exchanges, even though you may still find it hard to keep the conversation going yourself.
- Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions, your educational background and your job.
- Write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. Write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone. - Use the past, present and future tenses with confidence. (CEFR A2)
Learning objectives will be discussed and negotiated with students.
What will it be like
The course is taught in Italian. However, the emphasis will be on communicative method 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 sounds 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. Recommended grammar will be advised by the tutor.
You will be given homework to revise their 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. Independent work will be encouraged, and presentations (by students) integrated into the course.
What this course could lead to
Stage 3 at the Centre or courses at CEFR B1 level 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
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
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