Italian Beginners Fast Track (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Italian (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Key Information

  • Session information: Saturdays 10 am - 2.30 pm
  • Timeline: Starting 17 October 2020 - running until 19 December 2020
  • Fees: Full course 10 weeks - £210* (60 learning hours)

This course will be taught in a group size of a minimum 8 and maximum 11 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

DUE TO COVID-19 this course will begin online.  If there is an opportunity for us to resume face to face classroom teaching on campus we will do so providing all learners can access the campus. 

This course will start in October and run for 10 weeks. It comprises 60 learning hours over one term. Lessons are four hours long and take place once a week.  There is a half hour lunch break.

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of Italian is required. The course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

  • Exchanging personal information
  • Describing family and friends
  • Simple shopping transactions: at the bar, restaurant, and supermarket
  • Dealing with time: telling the time, understanding timetables
  • Spaces and places: describing your house, asking for and understanding simple directions

Resources

New Italian Espresso 1 (2014).

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students. Languages at Leicester Reading List.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class. The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required.

Our approach

This course is taught in Italian and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the Italian language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Italian language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practice the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. The group size is limited to 16 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression

Upon completing the Beginners level (1), you can progress onto the Post-Beginners level (2).