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Italian Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn Italian in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the Italian Beginners course in just 10 weeks in the summer term.

Why choose this course?

The Italian Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic Italian in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Italian.

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.

Course overview

Learn Italian from scratch with this intensive summer course designed for complete beginners who want to quickly gain social communication skills to get by in Italy in daily life situations.

You will be perfecting pronunciation of basic Italian words, recognising sounds in short Italian clips, give small presentations, learning different tenses, understanding the press and discovering Italian culture.

Expect to be immersed in the Italian language even at this early stage with many speaking and group work activities.

With the support of a tutor to facilitate your learning in class and outside the class with electronic means, you will be able to engage in a mini conversation with Italian native speakers at the end of the course.

Is it the right level for me?

The Italian Beginners Summer Intensive short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Italian.

This is an intensive Italian short course requiring regular attendance and homework commitments between lessons, as the content of three terms are covered in one.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Italian, you may wish to join our Italian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Italian Beginners (Year 1) course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Module 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. Revision, food and drink, going out, booking into a hotel, the house;
  • Town and public places;
  • People and their appearance Daily routine;
  • Shopping &
  • Clothes;
  • Past event;
  • Revisions.


  • 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) 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. 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

  • Greeting people;
  • Introducing yourself and others;
  • Spell out words and use numbers;
  • Saying where you come from and where you live;
  • Giving details about yourself;
  • Expressing preferences, likes and dislikes;
  • Describing objects;
  • Talking about your profession and family relationships;
  • Talking about hobbies and spare time;
  • Talking about activities at the weekends and how often you do them;
  • Giving and asking time;
  • Ordering food in a bar or restaurant;
  • Booking into a hotel;
  • Describing one's house;
  • Asking and giving directions;
  • Buying a ticket;
  • Arranging a meeting;
  • Making suggestions;
  • Describing a person and their personality;
  • Talking about the daily routine;
  • Buying objects and clothes;
  • Talking about and describing past events;
  • Asking questions about past events.



Prerequisite knowledge

The Italian Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Italian.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Italian, you may wish to join our Italian Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the  Italian Beginners course.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

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:

  • Role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • 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

Recommended reading

Espresso 1: Libro delle studente

by Luciana Ziglio,

  • Publisher: Alma;
  • ISBN-13: 978-88-86440-29-5 (With CD, ISBN: 978 8861 820548).

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.

Tutor information

  • 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.

Next steps

This Italian Intermediate Short Evening Course is a fantastic follow-on course for anyone that has studied Italian before and looking to take their knowledge further.…