Italian: Level One (CIA)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Anna Giuffria TW3 6.01


No previous knowledge required. All students welcome but they should: Demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments. Dedicate at least one hour per week for coursework in addition to classes. This is a beginners course for students at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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 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.

•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.

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).


•Definite and indefinite articles.

•Present, regular and irregular verbs.

•Conditional of volere.

•Simple and compound prepositions.

•Uses of the verb piacere.

•Direct pronouns.


18 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 6 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 46 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading



Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT and ST.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 32

Average class size 2016/17: 16

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