Italian course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This Beginners course focuses on the spoken Italian needed for everyday situations. Students will acquire the essential skills that will allow them to speak, write and understand how the language works. Having learned how to perform a number of basic tasks, such as talking about oneself and others, buying food and drinks, asking for and giving directions, they will be able to extend their skills to other situations. Every opportunity will be given to practise the spoken language in class in order to build up students’ confidence and encourage them to contribute creatively and express their opinions. Grammatical understanding is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling the students to build on their own knowledge independently.

The course book, Italian 1 (Palgrave Foundations, 2nd edition) by M. Benetti, C. Murtas and C. Varchetta, is accompanied by two DVDs.

The course will aim to cover the ten units of the book (articles, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, the present tense of regular and some irregular verbs, and the past tense). The method used is communicative with pair work and group work opportunities. Videos and other visual material will be used to encourage the lively participation of the students.

Students of all levels are welcome to use the language lab (recorded materials, videos and multimedia DVDs) for further study.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above courses should be addressed to the Italian Coordinator, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This Intermediate course follows on from the Beginners course and is open to all students with a first-level knowledge of Italian. The course will extend and consolidate the skills already acquired with greater emphasis on vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will be encouraged to be active participants, expressing opinions and investigating ways they can acquire language skills independently. The course will aim to cover the ten units of the book (including revision of the present tense and the past tenses and introducing the future tenses). The method used is communicative with pair work and group work opportunities. Videos and other visual material will be used to encourage the lively participation of the students.

The course book, Italian 2 (Palgrave Foundations, 2005) by M. Benetti, C. Murtas and C. Varchetta, will be used in class together with DVDs and visual materials. Simple articles, dialogues and exercises drawn from other sources will be used to reinforce language skills and encourage discussion as well as offering an introduction to Italian culture and customs.

Students of all levels are welcome to use the language lab (recorded materials, videos and multimedia DVDs) for further study.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above courses should be addressed to the Italian Coordinator, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.