What is the course about?
You will improve your fluency in Italian by reading and discussing extracts from newspaper articles and literary texts as well as watching TV programmes and film excerpts and listening to authentic audio materials. You will also consolidate complex grammatical structures (conditional, subjunctives, past tenses etc.).
What will we cover?
A selection of current affairs topics and literary texts as well as some consolidation work on grammar.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The learning outcomes will be negotiated at the beginning of the course:
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Italian for at least 4 years. This course is equivalent to an A-level standard but does not lead to an examination.
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?
Some materials will be provided by the tutor. If a course book is recommended please try: The Italian Bookshop - www.italianbookshop.co.uk (020 7240 1634).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Italian 4 or 5 courses depending on level. Please ask your course tutor for advice.
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