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Learn at a steady pace with our Italian Beginners short course. Starting in October, you will progress through three modules over a one-year period.
Whether you're learning Italian for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Italian Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.
This short course is an introduction to the Italian language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Italian.
The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.
All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.
During the first year, you will learn how to introduce yourself, your profession and family members, talk about likes and dislikes and express preferences, order food and drinks, describe a house, ask and give directions; and describe clothes including their colours. You will also learn to book holidays, buy products and order services. Not only will you learn how to make statements about daily life, you will also learn how to abstract the relevant information by asking questions and practising these questions and responses in class.
The course runs over three modules and at the end of Module One, you will be 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, you will learn articles, verb conjugation, pronunciation, comparatives and superlatives as well as adjectives. Past and future tense are introduced in Modules Two and Three.
If you have no prior knowledge of Italian you must start with Module One, which takes place in October term.
If you have some basic knowledge of Italian and you are already familiar with the content of Module One you may choose to enrol on Module Two or Module Three. See the Eligibility section below for more details.
Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.
“ This is a fantastic course, it moves at pace and Veronica is very engaging. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the course to prospective students. ”
Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).
If you wish to join Module Two of the Italian short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.
If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.
Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.
You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.
The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.
There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.
Classroom activities will include:
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.
Espresso 1: Libro delle studente
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.
A small Italian-English/English Italian dictionary would be very useful.
Veronica De Felice
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.