Languages at Leicester

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

Course resuming May 2024

  • Course: Wednesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Resumes 1 May - Ends 3 July 2024
    Lengths: 10 weeks
    Fees: £125 

These courses require a minimum of 8 and it can have up to a maximum of 20 students. The course fee includes all tuition, access to Blackboard, handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook. 

Term 1 ran from October to December, Term 2 runs from January to March and Term 3 will run from May to July. A full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks. There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments. You are welcome to join in the second term of a course if you have previous knowledge and experience of the language.

Alternatively, you can join a Fast Track Beginners course (available from October 2024)

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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


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.


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

*Term 2 timetable

All 10 lessons will take place on-campus on the dates indicated below, except for the 12th and 13th lessons which will take place online.

  • 11th lessons: Thursday 4 January 2024
  • 12th lessons: Thursday 1 February 2024 (online)
  • 13th lessons: Thursday 8 February 2024 (online)
  • 14th lessons: Thursday 15 February 2024
  • 15th lessons: Thursday 22 February 2024
  • 16th lessons: Thursday 29 February 2024
  • 17th lessons: Thursday 7 March 2024
  • 18th lessons: Thursday 14 March 2024
  • 19th lessons: Thursday 21 March 2024
  • 20th lessons: Wednesday 27 March 2024

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