Italian: Level One (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Anna Giuffria TW3 6.01


No previous knowledge required. It may be suitable for re-starters. Demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of portfolio and all assessments. Dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework, in addition to classes. Students should be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning languages.

Course content

Course Aim:

To develop the ability to use Italian effectively for purposes of practical communication at a survival level.

  • To improve the 4 skills with special focus on listening and speaking.
  • To be able to interact in Italian common situations.
  • To acquire a good range of vocabulary.
  • To have a good basis to continue in the study of the language at higher levels.
  • To bring the students to level A1/A2 of CEFR.

Communicative Content:

From the beginning of the course students will be encouraged to use the language and to learn and practise vocabulary.

Functional content:

  • Asking for and giving personal information.
  • Giving personal details, telephone number, asking where and when an event will take place.
  • Introducing someone formally and informally, ask and give information on work , learning how to fill in forms, i.e. CVs.
  • Talking about the family.
  • Asking for and giving directions and information in situations such as: town, hotels, airport, etc.
  • Talking about your daily routine.
  • Talking about hobbies and free time.
  • Talking about past holidays.
  • Express likes and dislike.

Structural Content:

The course aims to provide the students with the basic grammar required to the construction of sentences which will enable them to carry on a short conversation on the topic mentioned above. The structural content is broken down as follows:Nouns (gender and number). Adjectives. Definite and indefinite articles. Present of regular and irregular verbs. Conditional of volere. Uses of the verb piacere. Simple and compound prepositions. Past tense with regular and irregular past participles. Direct pronouns. Indirect pronouns.


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

ESPRESSO1 corso d'italiano. LucianaZiglio. Giovanni Rizzo. Edizioni Alma. DIZIONARIO ITALIANO-INGLESE


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) and in class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 16

Average class size 2015/16: 9

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