Italian: Advanced Conversation

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Thursday

Start Date 26 April 2018

Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £125 (£82 concession)

Brief Description

This course is suitable for advanced students who have already reached a good level of fluency either by attending formal classes or by living, working or having frequent holidays in Italy. A sound knowledge of the language structure and basic grammar is required, together with the ability to read and understand original materials. Students are expected to contribute actively to class discussions on a wide range of topics including current affairs, social issues, literature and cinema. They should also be able to demonstrate a high level of interest not only for the Italian language, but also for the Country’s history, culture and society.
The main aim of the course is to teach students to use and manipulate the language to high standards mainly through the development of speaking skills.  Other activities will include research on specific topics, reading of newspapers and literature, presentations, listening exercises and written homework. There will be also some revision of specific elements of grammar upon students’ request.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

The course is suitable for students who have already studied Italian for several years. A good understanding of the structure and basic grammar of the language is required, together with the ability to read and understand original materials. Students are expected to show a high level of interest not only for the Italian language, but also for the country’s history, culture and society.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:
• express confidently their own opinions on a variety of topics
• read and comment articles from the national press
• read some modern/contemporary literature and perform a critical appraisal
• appreciate the differences between regions and their inhabitants
• use the language outside the context of the classroom
• construct more complex sentences using a variety of verb forms and tenses

About Your Tutor:

Anna Maria Bedford: I am a native Italian speaker, born and educated in Italy.  I have extensive teaching experience and have taught Italian at all levels to students of all ages and nationalities. I have been teaching Italian to adults in Cambridge for the last ten years.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

A variety of materials will be provided by the tutor and there is no compulsory textbook.
Students will need a good size bilingual dictionary.

For the first session you will need to bring:

A ring binder, paper, dividers and pens

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Students will be able to continue on this course the following year.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.



  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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