Italian Beginners (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.

Key Information

  • Session information: October 2020
  • Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting October 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming January 2021
  • Fees: Full course 20 weeks - £210* (60 learning hours), October 2020 to March 2021; 1 term 10 weeks - £110* (30 learning hours), October to December 2020

Each full course comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. The first ten lessons will run from October to December 2020. The consequent ten lessons will run from January to March 2021, when the course will be completed. You can enrol for the complete course - 20 weeks - or just one term - 10 weeks.

This course will be taught in a group of minimum 8 and maximum 20 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

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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. Lessons are 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).