You should already be able to understand and communicate effectively on everyday, routine matters. Emphasis is on developing your vocabulary, accuracy and fluency so that you can express your opinions and follow the gist of popular media.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for students who have completed stages 3a and 3b, or an equivalent (at least two years' recent study of Italian). It is suitable for any learner who is ready to talk for more than a few minutes at a time in Italian, and who has some understanding of how the language works (for example, use of past and future tenses). We aim to extend your understanding of the language and to improve your conversational range and accuracy.
To join language courses at stage 3, it is expected that you have reached A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
Download self-assessment questionnaire
What does this course cover
The course emphasises oral communication and presents idiomatic language functionally within the framework of Italian culture and students' personal interests. The topics for reading focus on everyday life and the contemporary Italian social and cultural scene, the objective of which is to inform students about present day Italian life and to elicit lively discussion.
The course is taught exclusively in Italian and will review and expand upon all aspects of grammar covered in stage 2 courses (e.g. present, future and past tenses of regular and irregular verbs; direct, indirect and combined pronouns with compound tenses etc).
Italian stage 3 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach B1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
- Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
- Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language. - Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, work, travel and current events).
- Connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions.
- Write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Write personal letters describing experiences and impressions. Leaning objectives will be discussed and negotiated with students.
What will it be like
The emphasis is on communication activities which promote proficiency in Italian (e.g. group discussions, simple verbal exchanges, role-plays, listening comprehension exercises) designed to give students of Italian the opportunity to speak the language freely, using the structures they have already learnt. Each activity lasts between 20 and 40 minutes, during which students should not worry about making mistakes as this is part of the learning process. Having a dictionary at hand would be a help and students are encouraged to ask the tutor for advice. At times, a written follow-up is suggested where the students are given a written exercise based on the activity and where they will try and make the language as accurate as possible.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA), through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Note book and ring binder to keep your notes.
Recommended grammar books and dictionaries will be advised by the tutor.
Text book: NuovoProgetto Italiano 2 (B1)
You will be given homework to revise their learning and to prepare for the next lesson. You should spend some time every day practising the language. Independent work will be encouraged, and informal presentations (by students) integrated into the course.
What this course could lead to
Your tutor will advise you. Options are:
- repeat Stage 3 for consolidation or enrol on other CEFR B1 level courses elsewhere.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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