Italian 1A – Online
Assumes no previous knowledge. 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 no previous knowledge of the language. It is suitable for any person wanting to learn the language for pleasure or business at a very basic level. The course will also function as an introduction to the sounds and patterns of the language and 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 languages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover
The aim of the course is to develop speaking and listening skills in Italian and to foster the ability to use those skills effectively for the purpose of practical communication.
The course aims to cover the following topic areas of relevance to the students on their first trip to Italy: greetings; ordering drinks and snacks; giving simple information about yourself; finding out about other people; countries and nationalities; alphabet and spelling; counting and recognising numbers; talking about your job; asking and giving the time; enquiring about opening and closing times; dates and days of the week.
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.
(the above covers most of CEFR A1)
Learning objectives will be discussed with the students and adjustments may be made to meet their interests.
What will it be like
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.
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 roleplaying in groups or pairs.
Authentic texts and recordings 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
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.
Pen and notepad.
A recommended text book will be advised by the tutor. Students can find course books from the Italian Bookshop www.italianbookshop.co.uk
What this course could lead to
Stage 1B at the Centre or elsewhere.
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Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
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