What is the course about?
This course will increase your understanding of some aspects of contemporary Italy through the study of news articles in the press and on TV. With a particular emphasis on speaking practice, you will also increase your confidence in using the language.
What will we cover?
Various topical themes of current interest, drawn from newspapers, magazines, TV, cinema, literary texts and personal experiences.
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?
Stage 5 course - Students should have studied Italian for about at least 6 years or have lived in the country 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?
Most materials will be provided by the tutor but students contribution will also be appreciated. 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 5: Italia Oggi.
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