What is the course about?
On this course you will consolidate the basic structures of Italian and also extend your knowledge by working on more complex grammatical structures and functions. You will develop the four linguistic skills with particular emphasis on spoken/conversational language.
What will we cover?
Based on units 1 & 2 of Nuovo Espresso 3 (Alma Edizioni)
Topics: asking for and giving information; description; expression of opinion; debating pros and cons; contemporary literature.
Grammar: relative pronouns; past conditional; past historic; possessive pronouns. At the beginning of term there will be revision and consolidation of grammar learnt previously.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-describe your experience/ask about learning a language
-talk about your past experiences using the "trapassato prossimo" (pluperfect)
-express an opinion using present subjunctive
-discuss advantages/disadvantages of living in town/country and in various regions
-use present and past conditional
-use a combination of personal pronouns and articles
-read a variety of texts searching for specific information
-identify when to use the past historic
-write /complete a short story using a variety of tenses (including the past historic if enough time has been devoted in class).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 3 course - You should have studied Italian for at least 3 years recently or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Nuovo Espresso 3 (Alma Edizioni). Please try: The Italian Bookshop - www.italianbookshop.co.uk (020 7240 1634).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Italian 3 Lower: Module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details