Italian 2A – Online
For those who've had about 50-60 hours instruction, or who have spoken or studied Italian in the past. Learn how to deal with everyday situations in more detail, how to talk about future plans and past events and get to grips with the structure of the language.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for students who have completed Stage 1 or who have a basic grounding in simple Italian so that they can cope with most of the topics listed in the course descriptions for Stages 1 a, b and c. It is suitable for any person wanting to converse more with native speakers. The course functions as a reinforcement to the sounds, patterns and structures of the language and to the skills of learning a foreign language.
To join language courses at stage 2, it is expected that you have reached A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
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What does this course cover
The following are indicative themes: introducing one-self, talking about people, shopping, writing cards and invitations, describing what people are doing, saying what you have done recently. 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.
Italian stage 2 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
- Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). Catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
- Read very short, simple texts. Find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and understand short simple personal letters.
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Handle very short social exchanges, even though you may still find it hard to keep the conversation going yourself.
- Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions, your educational background and your job.
- Write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. Write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something. - Use the present and past tense with confidence.
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.
The course is taught in Italian. The emphasis will be on learning by the communicative method: practice exercises (e.g. gap-filling, word searches, mix and match) and role-playing 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.
A ring-binder or file to put notes in.
Recommended text book will be advised 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 ideally spend some time every day practising the language. By spending about 15/20 minutes a day practising the language and learning 25/30 new words a week you will make real progress.
What this course could lead to
Stage 2B 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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