Students can already follow the gist of nonspecialist texts and broadcasts and can talk for a few minutes at a time about current affairs and cultural matters. Students will improve fluency, accuracy and idiomatic command of the language and increase cultural awareness.
Who is this course for
This course is for students who have completed Stage 3 or who have equivalent knowledge of Italian and want to improve their proficiency in the spoken and written language, To join, it is expected that you have reached A2/B1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). Please use our self assessment.
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What does this course cover
An opportunity to continue developing and improving your knowledge of Italian- revision, consolidation; extension and practice using wide range of the topics and subjects. You will build up your confidence in all four skills with the emphasis on speaking and listening.
This course provides students with the essential grammar and necessary vocabulary to conduct their affairs in Italian speaking areas at a social and professional level.
We begin by setting out the main structures you have already learnt and then to proceed further to the other complex structures of the language by covering topics such as: current affairs, travel and transport, hobbies and interests, culture and society, customs and traditions & topics from everyday life.
You will be working towards fully reaching CEFR B1 level of competency and start on CEFR B2.
- Understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. Understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. Understand the majority of films in standard speech.
- Read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. Take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views
- Present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- Write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. Write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. Write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences
- Use a range of past, present and future tenses as well present and past subjective.
What will it be like
The lessons are based on the communicative approach. The emphasis is put on speaking and listening with extensive use of roleplay, oral, listening, reading and written activities. There is pair work, group work and whole class activities. The course covers conversation, listening, reading and writing, using different sources. Grammar is taught as it arises.
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. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
A ring-binder or file to put notes in. Materials will be provided 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 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 4B at the Mary Ward Centre
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