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.
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
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.
Notepad/paper and a pen.
You are of course welcome to bring bottled water or filled travel mugs with you should you wish.
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.
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.