Italian 3A – Online

You should already be able to understand and communicate effectively on everyday, routine matters. Emphasis is on developing your vocabulary, accuracy and fluency so that you can express your opinions and follow the gist of popular media.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for students who have completed Stages 2 a, b and c or an equivalent (at least two years' recent study of Italian). It is suitable for any learner who is ready to talk for more than a couple of minutes at a time in Italian and who has some understanding of how the language works (for example, use of past and future tenses). We aim to extend your understanding of the language and to improve your conversational range and accuracy.
To join language courses at stage 3, it is expected that you have reached A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
Download self-assessment questionnaire

What does this course cover

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 everyday life and the contemporary Italian social and cultural scene, the objective of which is to inform students about present day Italian life and to elicit lively discussion.
The course is taught exclusively in Italian and will review and expand upon all aspects of grammar covered in stage 2 courses (e.g. present, future and past tense of regular and irregular verbs; direct, indirect and combined pronouns with compound tenses etc).
Italian stage 3 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach B1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
- Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language. - Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, work, travel and current events).
- Connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions.
- Write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. - Write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
Learning objectives will be discussed and negotiated with students.

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 emphasis is on communication activities which promote proficiency in Italian (e.g. group discussions, simple verbal exchanges, role-plays, listening comprehension exercises) designed to give students of Italian the opportunity to speak the language freely, using the structures they have already learnt. Each activity lasts between 20 and 40 minutes, during which students should not worry about making mistakes as this is part of the learning process. Having a dictionary at hand would be a help and students are encouraged to ask the teacher for advice. At times, a written follow-up is suggested where the students are given a written exercise based on the activity and where they will try and make the language as accurate as possible.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA), 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

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 notebook and pen.
Recommended grammar book and dictionaries will be advised by the tutor.
Text book: Nuovo Progetto Italiano 2

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.

What this course could lead to

Stage 3b, at the Centre or elsewhere.

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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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