3 Hour Italian Language Courses

Elementary 1

This course is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. Its aim is to give the basis of the language, allowing students to deal with the most common everyday situations by expressing themselves in the present and past tenses. Key grammatical topics include: definite and indefinite articles; noun-adjective agreement; present tense of regular and main irregular verbs; prepositions; direct pronouns; present perfect; possessive adjectives. Key thematic areas include: shopping for food; in a restaurant; daily life and spare time; travelling; vacations; the family.

Elementary 2

This course is designed for students who have completed one semester (or equivalent) of Italian and already have a basic vocabulary and knowledge of elementary structures of the language. By the end of the semester students should be able to complete simple and routine tasks requiring an exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe their background and issues related to everyday life. Key grammatical topics include: review of Elementary 1 course contents; simple and compound prepositions; reflexive verbs; future; imperfect tense; indirect pronouns; introduction to present conditional. Key thematic areas include: shopping in Italy; daily routine; habits in the past; Italian festivities; Italian food; in a hotel. Selected readings.

Intermediate 1

This course is directed towards the acquisition of more complex structures of Italian language in order to express personal opinions and preferences. By the end of the course students should be able to enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar; to relate the plot of a book or film; to write correct texts on topics of personal interest. Key grammatical topics include: review of previous level contents; past perfect; prepositions; combined, indefinite and interrogative pronouns; present and past conditional; linking words; impersonal forms; present and past subjunctive. Key thematic areas include: Italian geography; food and cuisine; holidays; driving in Italy; dwellings; health and body. Selected readings.

Intermediate 2

This course introduces students to contemporary Italian society by exploiting different sources including literature, the media and press. By the end of the course students should be able to show a high degree of understanding of complex written and spoken texts and respond appropriately to them, both orally and in writing. Key grammatical topics include: review and expansion of contents of previous levels; forms and use of the subjunctive mood; imperative with pronouns; introduction to passato remoto; infinitive and gerund; degrees of comparison; passive voice; relative pronouns; reported speech (first level). Key thematic areas include: famous Italians; issues of contemporary history, culture and society; local arts and crafts; Italian cinema. Selected readings of literary works.

Advanced 1

This course is designed for students who already have a solid grammatical/lexical basis. By the end of the course students should be able to understand most TV news and information on current affairs; read contemporary literary prose; write texts about a wide range of subjects; achieve the degree of confidence with the language that makes communication fluid and clear. Key grammatical topics include: consolidation of previous levels; impersonal forms; clauses and constructions using the subjunctive; passato remoto; passive forms in contrast; relative clauses in contrast. Key thematic areas include: changes in the Italian language and dialects; typical Italian products; immigration in Italy; environmental issues. Selected readings of literary works by modern Italian authors.

Advanced 2

This course is designed for students who have a high degree of fluency in Italian both in speaking and in writing. By the end of the course students should be able to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and recognize a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, as well as apply register shifts. Key grammatical topics include: review of previous levels; past perfect subjunctive; past conditional; indefinite adjectives pronouns; verbs and prepositions; conditional clauses; trapassato remoto; gerund, infinitive, participle; tense agreement; reported speech (second level). Key thematic areas include: Italian regionalism; the Risorgimento; politics and the media; contemporary literature and cinema; cultural heritage. Selected readings of literary works by modern Italian authors.