Italian for Beginners

Are you interested in finding out more about Italian culture? Do you enjoy holidaying in Italy or Italian speaking countries, and want to learn the language? Do you have family or friends who live there? If so, then this is the course for you. This course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of Italian.

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers, ask for and understand information using basic phrases and be able to express opinions in a variety of everyday tourist situations.

Our Beginners Level consists of two parts. We recommend you attend both before progressing to the next level. The masterclass course is for learners who have attended both parts of the Beginners Level. It’s an opportunity to develop your conversation skills around a theme each week e.g. food, travel, restaurants and cafes, culture and arts… Its aim is to boost confidence in your language skills to prepare you for further levels or real world experiences.

Start Date : Wed 21st Sep 2022
Time : 18:00 - 20:00
Location : Cirencester College
Duration : 10 Weeks
Spaces : 7
Code : 09/22_ITA_10W_IB
Please bring a notepad and a pen.

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What topics are covered?

Greetings, titles and introductions


Talking about family and personal possessions

Asking for and giving directions

Making enquiries about places and things

Booking hotel accommodation

Ordering a snack and a drink

Ordering a three-course meal in a restaurant

Making a complaint in a restaurant/hotel

Shopping (quantities and prices)


Describing an illness

Talking about leisure interests,

planning an activity,

Saying how you are feeling and describing symptoms,

Describing people and what they look like

Describing a property,

Enquiring about a rental villa,

Showing someone around the house,

Expressing your opinion and making comparisons,

Asking the way and following directions,

Talking about holiday plans and the weather

and many others

How will I learn?

As communication is the main objective of this course, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and authentic listening texts/videos will also be regularly used to improve listening skills. Understanding written Italian will be based on everyday items such as notices, leaflets and signs. Italian will be the medium of instruction as far as possible.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad/paper and a pen.

You are of course welcome to bring bottled water or filled travel mugs with you should you wish.

Any additional costs

This class uses a textbook. We ask you to buy this before the class.

You can source it yourself should you wish or we sell it on our website. (On the main Italian page or in our Shop page)

If buying with us, please make sure you have purchased your book at least 2 weeks before Septembers start date so that you have it in time for the first lesson.

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is suitable for students who have never studied Italian before or who studied the language years ago and want to go back to the basics.

Any Questions?

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