Who is this course for?
Would you like to use your Italian in a variety of real life situations? Then this Improvers course is for you.
This 8 week course follows on from our Italian Beginners Plus course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate and develop their skills further.
Becoming more proficient in 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
The focus will be on oral communication (speaking and listening) although reading and writing will also be included. The course will be conducted predominantly in the foreign language. You will study grammar in more detail and will develop your ability to talk about present, future and past events. Pronunciation and the culture of Italian speaking countries are an integral part of the course.
You will learn how to:
*Sort accommodation issues
*Eat in a restaurant
*Read and respond to written notes and messages
*Read and extract information from menus, leaflets, and brochures.
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 and aims 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 like to bring a drink or refreshments
This course is for anyone who has attended one of our Italian Beginners Plus courses or who has attended an Improvers course and needs to consolidate and develop their knowledge and skills before moving onto our Italian conversation classes. The course is also suitable for anyone who has a good knowledge of basic Italian
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!