This course is designed for those who have studied Italian recently for 4 years and/or have completed stages 4b and 4c. It is suitable for learners able to understand Italian and communicate, though not necessarily accurately. It is expected that student enrolling for this course have reached B2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference of Language (CEFR).
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 visual arts, literature, current affairs and present day Italian life, the objective of which is to inform and elicit lively discussion. The course is taught exclusively in Italian and it is expected that student will also use only Italian to communicate in class.
You will be consolidating CEFR B2 level of competency while working towards achieving the next level (C1) By the end of the course you will
- Express your opinions, feelings, likes and dislikes, and make hypotheses on a variety of subjects (e.g. visual arts, literature, music, history and current affairs)
- Enhance your Italian listening skills by understanding the main points of clear standard speech and or TV programs.
- Understand texts written for native speakers, such as newspaper, magazine articles and short stories.
- Use important grammatical structures, such as the subjunctive in all its tenses, hypothetical clauses, imperatives, and the passive voice.
- Acquire information about Italian culture, including some aspects of visual arts, literature, history and current affairs.
The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
The emphasis is on communication activities which promote proficiency in Italian (e.g. small group work, pair work, whole group discussion, debate, students' presentation, listening comprehension exercises) designed to give students of Italian the opportunity to speak the language freely using and practicing the structures they have already learnt.
We assess your learning through observation and active listening (e.g. during pair work, group discussions, presentations and correction of homework) in order to recognize and record your progress and achievements (RARPA). A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
A ring-binder or file to put your notes in and to organise the course handouts provided by the tutor. There is no specific textbook for this course.
You will be given homework to revise your learning and to prepare for next session. It is expected that you do regular self-study to further your language learning. You should ideally practice the language every day. Independent work will be encouraged and presentations (by students) integrated into the Course.
Tutor to advice at the end of the course
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class. Il corso è per studenti che vogliono migliorare sia la comunicazione che la comprensione della lingua Italiana e che hanno già raggiunto un appropriato livello di competenza (i.e. CEFR B2 o equivalente). Alla fine del corso riuscirete a esprimere opinioni e ipotesi e a sostenere una conversazione usando una varietà di registri linguistici. Avrete inoltre ampliato il vostro lessico con argomenti riguardanti le arti visive e la letteratura.
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.