Italian Year 2 (Lower Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1822 Enrolment Closed
Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1822 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1822 Apply Now
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1822 Apply Now

Course Content

You know not to order a cappuccino after 10 o’clock in the morning. You can ask directions to the villa and have a chat whilst queuing at the panetteria. You are comfortable asking how much quelle belle scarpe cost in the boutique on via Montenapoleone and can talk about il sole e la luna with your Italian colleagues. But now you want to have a proper conversation with the lovely Italian designers you met at Salone del Mobile. During your holidays, you want to be able to understand what the grocer explains to you about the various vegetables in the droghiere locale and grasp the wine grower’s lengthy description at the wine tasting. You want to watch an Italian film and broaden your conversation at a meeting with Italian clients. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in Italian grammar are all covered.

This Italian Year 2 Lower Intermediate course enables students to communicate with more variation and fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations with Italian native speakers. It also aims to broaden understanding of the Italian culture and way of life.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Italian, you can join the Italian Intermediate class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why choose the Italian Lower Intermediate short course?

Our Italian Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Italian to the next level. The Italian Lower Intermediate course is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Italian Beginniners language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

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.


* approx. 60 hours prior formal study* successfully completed Italian Beginners - Year 1

* be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself; your daily activities and your hobbies; say what you like or dislike; knowledge of the present tense and common adverbs of frequency, have a notion of the perfect tense

* a (good but) rusty Italian GCSE.

English Requirements

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

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered
Leisure, current events, personal history

Grammatical structures
Reinforce and consolidate the "Passato Prossimo" with avere and essere; the reflexive verbs in the past tense; use and practice of Imperfetto Tense.

Learning Objectives
* Talking about past holidays
* Talking about one's childhood
* Making arrangements and suggestions for holidays and outings

Term 2

Topics covered
Going out, social engagements, personal history

Grammatical structures
Revise the Imperfetto tense and focus on the difference between Imperfetto and Passato Prossimo; direct object pronouns and present continuous

Learning Objectives
* Describing what people are/were doing in a specific moment
* Inviting people to go out
* Accepting and refusing an invitation
* Expressing joy or regret* Describing events in the past

Term 3

Topics covered
Leisure, holidays & tourism

Grammatical structures
Use and practice of the conditional tense; prepositions + passato prossimo; reinforcing the difference between imperfetto and passato prossimo

Learning Objectives
* Expressing a desire and giving advice
* Making a request in a polite way
* Making suggestions and proposals
* Report personal experiences in the past

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

The course will be based on the first 5 units of Espresso 2, but the content of the course will be integrated with material created by the teacher or handouts taken from other books. Purchasing the book is not compulsory.

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. Very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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