Italian: Improvers 1
Location Coleridge Community College
Start Date 20 September 2017
Time 7.45pm - 9.15pm
Weeks 10 weeks
Price £79 (£52 concession)
The course is designed for learners who have already studied Italian for at least one year and have a basic knowledge of the Italian language. Learners will be able to build on their previous knowledge to develop further the four language skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening), although particular emphasis will be given to speaking activities. The course will be based on communicative methods and active participation will be strongly encouraged. A variety of activities will be used, including role-plays, listening to CDs, games and group work. Grammar will be also an essential component of the course. Regular homework will be assigned to consolidate what has been learnt in class and to assess the learner’s progress.
Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?
Learners should have already studied Italian for one year, or have a basic knowledge of the language.
By the end of the one-year course you will have covered the following main topics:
• Shopping for food
• La cucina mediterranea
• More on Italian food (where some dishes originally come from, how pizza originated, the history of pasta)
• Daily living
• Family life
• Family in Italy
• Around the shops , buying clothes and other items
• Our childhood – describing situations in the past
• Describing people (physical description and character)
• Meeting people, accepting or refusing an invitation.
• Polite requests, giving advice
• Holidays and travelling
• What sort of holidays do people like
• Healthy eating habits, health and lifestyles.
You will also study the following points of grammar:
• Revision of verbs (present and past)
• Future tense
• Revision of reflexive verbs
• The imperfect tense
• When to use “imperfetto“ and when to use “passato prossimo”
• Present and past conditional ( equivalent of “would” mode )
• Stare +gerund
• The imperative
• Direct/indirect pronouns
• Comparatives and superlatives
About Your Tutor:
Olga Joy is a native Italian speaker. She has studied modern languages at University in Rome and has taught Italian evening classes at all levels for many years. She has worked as an examiner for UCLES and Edexcel and as a translator and interpreter both in Italy and the UK.
Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:
Learners are advised to purchase the textbook Espresso 1 (approx. cost £21). CD version not necessary.
• Nuovo Espresso: Libro Studente1 (Italian) Paperback–
• Publisher: Alma Edizioni (1 Oct. 2014)
• Language: Italian
• ISBN-: 978-886182318-1
Subsequently, for terms 2 and 3, Nuovo Espresso 2 will be required.
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?
Learners will be able to proceed to an Italian Intermediate course the following academic year.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.
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- 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. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.
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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.
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