Italian beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 28/10/19 - 04/12/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Rosanna Carlà

This short, intensive programme is ideal if you want to study at a rapid pace (twice a week) and in a small group (8-10 students). You will have plenty of opportunity to practise the language. Based on units 1-4 of Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni, Italian version).


What is the course about?

This course aims to enable you to communicate in a basic way in situations related to holiday topics and everyday situations.

What will we cover?

Topics: Introductions; greetings; talking about where you live; asking the way and understanding directions; food and drink; leisure; likes and dislikes; asking and telling the time.

Grammar: to be; to have; the present tense (regular forms), the immediate future; imperatives; adverbs of frequency; possessive pronouns.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- introduce yourself and others: name, nationality, occupation, family
- explain where you live
- give opinions about places
- order food and drink in a bar
- express likes and dislikes
- talk about what you do at the week-end
- ask and tell the time
- ask the way and give directions.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of Italian is required. The course is suitable if you are an absolute beginner and wish to become familiar with the basics of the language through intensive tuition.

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?

Based on units 1-4 of Nuovo Espresso 1. (Alma Edizioni - Italian version). Please try: The Italian Bookshop - (020 7240 1634).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If there is sufficient interest and commitment, it is hoped that the Express Language Course will continue to the next level. Otherwise, the Languages Office or your tutor will advise you on a suitable progression route.

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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

If you would like to start learning Italian this course is for you. My tutor was very engaging and made the most boring of topics come alive. I believe nothing substitutes classroom learning so take the course :)
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Review by KB / (Posted on 16/07/2019)
It's easy going, no pressure from the teacher, everyone gets to learn their own way and that's how we get to remember things the best
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/04/2019)
This is a wonderful way to start learning Italian. Our tutor was always engaging and encouraging and we had a lot of fun whilst at the same time learning quickly and thoroughly. She also introduced us to several aspects of Italian life which rounded out our experience. I would heartily recommend this course.
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Review by Jan M / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
This course is perfect if you have no Italian. It helps going twice a week as it reinforces your learning before you have forgotten it. Lovely tutor, very good at engaging everyone.
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Review by DC / (Posted on 11/03/2019)
Do it
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Review by Eithne / (Posted on 07/03/2019)
Good course good tutor shame the modules are not continuous and you have to start new tutor and class for next module
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/03/2019)
Come and join us, you learn and you have fun
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Review by Silvia / (Posted on 14/12/2018)
Excellent teacher who cares about her students. I feel I am making real progress.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
Good quality teaching, good transport links to the locations, not unduly expensive for the quality of the course, very enjoyable and lots of like-minded people doing something out of interest. Can really recommend it.
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Review by Julia / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
Great start to learning Italian with a fun teacher.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
I would recommend it
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Review by yona / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Go for it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Book it immediately! You won't regret it.
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Review by Scott E / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
Be prepared to work hard.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
yes, its a bit dry but you will get a good grounding from a teacher with high expectations
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
I'd really recommend it .
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/11/2018)
I have been so pleased with this course. The lessons are full of variety and interest; I can't remember a course I've enjoyed so much.
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Review by Scotty / (Posted on 03/11/2016)
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Course Code: LNX111

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Mon+Wed, eve, 28 Oct - 04 Dec '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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