Italian - Absolute Beginners
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About this course

This is a ten week course designed for absolute beginners or for those who know only a few words. It provides the ideal introduction to conversational Italian, covering the basic situations you would encounter as a tourist. It is suitable if you want to learn for fun or if you intend to continue your study. There will also be some reading and writing activities.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to provide you with basic speaking and listening skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which will increase your confidence to have a go when you are abroad.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand and participate in simple conversations in everyday situations
  • Demonstrate confidence in using basic expressions in Italian
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of the culture of Italian-speaking countries
  • Feel inspired to continue studying the Italian language and culture

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Talking about yourself and family
  • Using numbers and understanding prices
  • Ordering drinks and snacks
  • Shopping for food
  • Finding your way around
  • Visiting the pharmacy/doctor
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.


Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

Students should bring writing materials with them.

You will be asked to buy a course book.

What could I do next?

You could progress onto our Italian Beginners (Part 2) course.