Italian Year 1 (Beginners)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1819 Enrolment Closed
Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1819 Apply Now
Monday 30 April 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1819 Apply Now
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1819 Apply Now

Course Content

This Italian Beginners course is an introduction to the Italian language and culture. During the first year, students learn how to introduce themselves, their professions and family members, talk about likes and dislikes and express preferences, how to order food and drinks, describe one’s house, how to ask and give directions, describe clothes including their colours, etc. Not only do students learn how to make statements about daily life, they also learn how to abstract the relevant information by asking questions and practising these questions and responses in class. Students learn how to book holidays, buy products and order services, etc. The course runs over three terms and at the end of the first term, students are able to ask questions and speak about all aspects of daily life in the present tense. In order to build confidence and understand the structure of the language, students learn articles, verb conjugation, pronunciation, comparatives and superlatives as well as adjectives. Past and future tense are introduced in terms 2 and 3.

Term 1 of the Italian Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and term 3 of this course is aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Italian Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

Why choose the Italian Beginners short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Italian Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the Italian Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

Tutor Info

Veronica De Felice has a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2009), a Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (Goldsmiths, 2006) and a BA in Foreign Languages (Napoli, 2002). She has been teaching Italian and translation in various institutions such as Goldsmiths College, the University of the Arts, Croydon College and various language schools in London.


No prior knowledge required if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Italian Evening course in January 2014 or April 2014, please check your level our by using our online guidelines before enrolling as some basic knowledge is expected.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Introductions, yourself; the alphabet and sounds; numbers 0 to 100; class room interior, countries and nationalities; the family; professions and places of work; week-ends and hobbies.

Definite and indefinite article; adjectives and nouns: gender and number; personal pronouns; possessive adjectives; verbs in the present tense: essere, avere, verbs ending in -are, - ere, - ire, and reflexive verbs ending in - arsi, - ersi, - iris; irregular verbs (fare/avere/andare/uscire); negative/interrogative from of verb; the verb piacere, agreement and disagreement with piacere; verbs in - ire following the pattern of preferire; adverbs of frequency (raramente, spesso, qualche volta, sempre)

Learning outcomes
o    Greeting people
o    Introducing yourself and others
o    Spell out words and use numbers
o    Saying where you come from and where you live
o    Giving details about yourself
o    Expressing preferences, likes and dislikes
o    Describing objects
o    Talking about your profession and family relationships
o    Talking about hobbies and spare time
o    Talking about activities at the weekends and how often you do them
o    Giving and asking time

Term 2

Revision, food and drink, going out, booking into a hotel, the house; town and public places; people and their appearance

Indefinite articles, there is/ there are; prepositions; combined prepositions; preposition and adverb of place; duration form "da"; imperative form of regular and some irregular verbs; negative form of imperative; introduction of direct object pronouns; verbs taking direct object

Learning outcomes
o    Ordering food in a bar or restaurant
o    Booking into a hotel
o    Describing one's house
o    Asking and giving directions
o    Buying a ticket
o    Arranging a meeting
o    Making suggestions
o    Describing a person and their personality

Term 3

Revision; daily routine; shopping & clothes; past event;

Reflexive verbs; more verbs taking direct object; indirect object pronouns; introduction of verbs taking indirect object;  introduction of the past tense; verbs taking the auxiliary "essere" and verbs taking "avere"

Learning outcomes
o    Talking about the daily routine
o    Buying objects and clothes
o    Talking about and describing past events
o    Asking questions about past events

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

It is not necessary to buy a textbook as photocopies will be given out in class. No single course book is used, though material will be taken from Espresso 1, by Luciana Ziglio, Libro delle studente, ISBN-13: 978-88-86440-29-5. (With CD, ISBN: 978 8861 820548)

A small Italian-English/English Italian dictionary would be very useful.

Leads To...

Italian Lower Intermediate (Year 2).

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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