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.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for people who have a basic knowledge of the language and/or students who have completed Stage 1A or equivalent elsewhere. It is suitable for any person wanting to learn the language for pleasure or business at a 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, reading and listening skills in Italian and to foster the ability to use those skills effectively for the purpose of practical communication.
The course plans to cover the following topic areas of relevance to the students on their first trip to Italy: introducing people; talking about the family; agreeing and disagreeing; giving personal information; booking into a hotel; making a reservation by phone; filling in forms; finding out about entertainment and sights; asking and giving directions.
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.
- 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.
- Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
(towards CEFR A1)
Learning objectives will be discussed with students and adjustments may be made to meet their interests and needs.
What will it be like
Some formal teaching will be necessary using the Italian language, 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 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.
You will be given self- assessed homework on a weekly basis, to revise 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.
What this course could lead to
Stage 1C at the Centre.
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
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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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