Italian: Beginners plus
Who is this course for?
Would you like to speak more confidently when visiting an Italian speaking country and build on your basic skills? Then this Beginners Plus course is for you.
This 8 week course follows on from our Italian Beginners course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary and improve their understanding.
Learning a language can be daunting on your own and is much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group, where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations
This 8 week Italian Beginners Plus course will teach you how to exchange information in simple everyday situations.
You will learn how to:
* Ask for and give directions
*Shopping for food
* Ask for information about local facilities
*Use the Past tense
* Identify and request items in a variety of situations)
You will also gain an insight into the culture where the language is spoken.
The focus will be on oral communication (speaking and listening) although some reading and writing will also be included. The course will be conducted mainly in the foreign language.
During the course you will take part in varied activities. These are designed to help you understand and use the language effectively.
You will work individually, in pairs and in small groups, using a variety of learning methods and resources such as role play, audio and video clips.
Homework will provide an opportunity for self study including the use of online resources.
Support and feedback
Initial assessment will identify your skills level at the start of the course and there will be a variety of activities to assess progress throughout the course. You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP) and there will be opportunities for you to discuss your progress with your tutor. The tutor will also provide written feedback.
Additional costs and requirements
You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework. At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course.
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
You may like to bring a drink or refreshments
This course is for anyone who has attended one of our Italian Beginners courses or has a basic knowledge of the language (approximately 15-20 hours of study) and is looking to improve their practical speaking and listening skills needed to cope with day to day scenarios when travelling and socialising in an Italian speaking country.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes. You will learn more effectively if you are able to practice and revise between the sessions. Your tutor will give you short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session.
You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.
About the tutor
‘Giusy’ was born and bought up in Genoa on the Italian Riviera and has been teaching Italian (from absolute beginners up to university level) for several years.
Known as ‘Giusy’ or ‘Josie’, she has a degree in Languages from The University of Genoa, where she studied English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American, amongst lots of other subjects.
Giusy is currently working for Learn Devon in Totnes and Newton Abbot.
She has helped learners and has run exams for many keen students up to GCSE level and encouraged a few learners to progress to university. She has also taught Italian to those wishing to move to Italy
She has also founded an Italian club in Totnes, for social events, which is an important part of life for many in Giusy’s beloved Italy.
‘Dynamic and inspiring’ are student comments after one of Giusy’s courses!