Italian, Arts and Culture

Image of hello in Italian
Nikolai Garcia

Evening Italian language course in an arts and culture context.

During this 8-week course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and where relevant, on written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, whilst improving your ability to interact in the language.

As part of our partnership with the British Museum, you will have the opportunity to attend a unique lecture and gain free admission to the Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds evening exhibition – a new and exciting cultural experience.

To complement the topic taught in week two (Cuisine and Culture) you are also invited to the International Food Festival, arranged in collaboration with the University’s Social Programme. The event will happen once per term in addition to your lessons and is a great opportunity for you to socialise with classmates and other students at the Language Centre. 

Classes take place at our High Holborn building, three minutes walk from Holborn underground station in central London. They take place one evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm. 

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In partnership with
The British Museum

Dates and Fees

Fee: £225

LevelWeeknightDatesTime
Italian BeginnerWednesdays19 October - 7 December 20166pm - 8:30pm
Italian BeginnerThursdays20 October - 8 December 20166pm - 8:30pm
Italian Pre-IntermediateThursdays20 October - 8 December 20166pm - 8:30pm

International Food Festival: Thursday 27 October 2016, from 7pm onwards.

British Museum Exhibition: Friday 25 November 2016, from 5pm - 7:30pm.

2017 Dates
The Languages, Arts and Culture courses will run again in 2017. The exact weeknights and schedules will be published later in the year.

Term 2
Starts week commencing 23 January 2017
Ends week ending 17 March 2017

Term 3
Starts week commencing 18 April 2017
Ends week commencing 9 June 2017

Beginner course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Italian Beginner course, you will be introduced not only to the language but also to different aspects of the arts and culture of Italy.
 
This course is focused on the basic elements of the language necessary to communicate in a functional and communicative way. You will explore functional language related to Italian cuisine, fashion, architecture and holidays. You will be introduced to vocabulary for shopping, accessories and clothes, food and drink, and interiors, along with how to describe them and express your likes and dislikes. The course includes reading and listening tasks and you will engage in dialogues and practice your writing skills.
 
There is a focus of the programme on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes. 

 

Beginner course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

Greetings, introduce yourself
Alphabet, Nationality, Numbers
Masculine/Feminine

History of Italian language: a just 100 years old language

Cuisine and Culture

Order at the bar and Ask for the price
Singular and plural
Pronunciation rules

What and where….Every region has his own traditional food
Art and Politics

The construction of the verb I like
Numbers
Talk about your tastes

Italian art is just art or a political manifesto?
Urban Spaces

Describe the urban space
There is and there are
Indeterminate articles

What makes Italian environment special and characteristic?

What you can find only in Italy?

Movement and Time

Describe your holiday
Months and days of the week
Verb conjugation for singular (I, you, he/she)

The mysterious places in Tuscany
Modernism

Describe a city
Close/far/between
Recap of there is and there are and verbs

The coolest Italian inventions

Fashion and Society

Clothes, shops and shopping
Colours
Definite articles 

The stylist and their style
Design and Architecture

Describe a building
Verb conjugation for plural (we, you, they)

Italian architecture around the world

Pre-intermediate course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Italian Pre-intermediate course, you will learn how to talk about your daily life and follow recipes as well as developing the language tools you might need to be out and about in the city. You will learn to compare and contrast different aspects of arts and culture as well as making and receiving informal phonecalls.

Some of the key language points you can expect to be exposed to are: tenses, reflexive verbs,  past participles, the continuous form and indirect pronouns.  

Emphasis is on spoken communication and pronunciation and interaction and pronunciation; this is achieved through pair and group work and role-plays.

Pre-intermediate course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

My daily life
Reflective verbs

History of the Italian language: a just 100 years old language

Cuisine and Culture

Recipes: follow and write
Informal Imperative 

What and where…every region has his own traditional food
Art and Politics

Compare your tastes
Comparative 

Italian art is just art or a political manifesto?
Urban Spaces

On the phone with a friend
Progressive form (stare+gerundio)

What makes Italian environment special and characteristic? What you can find only in Italy?

Movement and Time

Talk about your free time

Past participle

The mysterious places in Tuscany
Modernism

The use of to be and to have with past participle

The coolest Italian inventions

Fashion and Society

Around for shopping
Verb piacere with all the indirect pronouns

The stylist and their style
Design and Architecture

Going around the city
Direct pronoun

Italian architecture around the world