Italian, Arts and Culture

Image of the word 'ciao' - 'hello' in Italian
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Evening Italian language courses at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Italian and explore Italian arts and culture, with classes starting from beginner level.

Your Italian classes will expose you to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and reading and written communication.

During the eight week Italian course, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to communicate confidently in the Italian language.

The weekly evening classes take place at our High Holborn location, just 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm one evening a week. The price per eight-week course is £210 and this includes all learning materials.

The course includes a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme, which is built into your language development.

See the course detail section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the Italian course. 

Book onto your course.

Italian course dates and fees

Term 3 Beginner Part 1 - Thursday class (May - June 2018) 

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

Dates: Thursday 10 May 2018 - Thursday 28 June 2018 (eight weeks)

Course Fee: £210

Book your Italian Beginner Part 1 course

 

Term 3 Beginner Part 2 (Continuation) – Beginner Part 2 (May - June 2018)

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

Dates: Thursday 10 May 2018 - Thursday 28 June 2018 (eight weeks)

Course Fee: £210

Book your Italian Beginner Part 2 course

If you are not sure of which level to book, you can use this self-assessment questionnaire to find out which beginner level you are.

Italian Beginner Part One course details

Italian Beginner Part 1

Course overview and objectives

Our Italian evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more. Each level consists of three parts over the course of three terms.

Over the 8 weeks of the Italian Beginner Part One course, you will:

  • get an introduction to not only to the language but also to different aspects of the arts and culture of Italy
  • explore functional language related to Italian cuisine, fashion, architecture and holidays.
  • get an introduction to vocabulary for shopping, accessories and clothes, food and drink, and interiors
  • learn how to describe urban spaces, clothing and architecture
  • learn how to express your likes and dislikes
  • do reading and listening tasks
  • engage in dialogues and practice your writing skills.

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study. 

The price per eight-week course is £210 and this includes all learning materials.

Book your Italian Beginner Part 1 course here

Course details

Week Number and Session TopicLanguage Content and Arts and Culture Content*
1. Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Language Content:

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

Arts and Culture Content:

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

2. Cuisine and Culture

Language Content:

Order at the bar and ask for the price

Singular and plural
Pronunciation rules

Arts and Culture Content:

What and where….

Every region has his own traditional food

3. Art and Politics

Language Content:

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

Arts and Culture Content:

Italian art is just art - or a political manifesto?

4. Urban Spaces

Language Content:

Describe the urban space
There is and there are
Indeterminate articles

Arts and Culture Content:

What makes the Italian environment special and characteristic?

What you can find only in Italy

5. Movement and Time

Language Content:

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

Arts and Culture Content:

The mysterious places in Tuscany

6. Modernism

Language Content:

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

Arts and Culture Content:

The coolest Italian inventions

7. Fashion and Society

Language Content:

Clothes, shops and shopping
Colours
Definite articles 

Arts and Culture Content:

The stylists and their style

8. Design and Architecture

Language Content:

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

Arts and Culture Content:

Italian architecture around the world 

Book your Italian Beginner Part 1 course here.

*Note: These are some of the possible arts and culture topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests

Italian Beginner Part Two course details

Italian Beginner Part 2 is ideal for students who have completed our Italian Beginner Part 1 course (false beginners), or students who have a little prior knowledge of Italian. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Italian Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take before you book your course.

Course overview and objectives

Our Italian evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more. Each level consists of three parts over the course of three terms. 

Over the 8 weeks of the Italian Beginner Part 2 course, you will:

  • build on the basic structures and vocabulary that you learnt in part one of the course
  • practise telephone language and functional skills such as making appointments
  • be introduced not only to the language but also to different aspects of the arts and culture of Italy such as comics, design, stereotypes, technology and cuisine
  • learn to give instructions and talk about obligation
  • work on storytelling using –re verbs
  • deepen your ability to describe appearance
  • do reading and listening tasks
  • gain confidence in your speaking and pronunciation through pair work and group work

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study. 

The price per eight-week course is £210 and this includes all learning materials.

Book your Italian Beginner Part 2 course here. 

Course details

Week Number and Session TopicLanguage Content and Arts and Culture Content*
1. Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Language Content:
Irregular verbs
Time adverbs (always, often….)

Arts and Culture Content:
Italian stereotypes and superstitions

2. Cuisine and Culture

Language Content:
Difference between “sapere” and “conoscere” (both meaning to know)
Expressions that in Italian need the verb to have instead of to be (avere fame, avere sete, avere fretta)

Arts and Culture Content:
Vatican power in Italy

3. Art and Politics

Language Content:
The clock
Appointments
Phone call

Arts and Culture Content:
The Italian obsession for technology

4. Urban Spaces

Language Content:
Modal verbs (can, want, must/have to)

Arts and Culture Content:
Famous recipes

5. Movement and Time

Language Content:
Reflective verbs
My day

Arts and Culture Content:
Secrets of Rome

6. Modernism

Language Content:
Use of the verb “cominciare” and “finire”
The story telling

Arts and Culture Content:
Game on Famous Italian comics like Dylan Dog or Diabolik

7. Fashion and Society

Language Content:
Describe a person
Agreement between noun and adjective

Arts and Culture Content:
What should you expect if you date an Italian?

8. Design and Architecture

Language Content:
Preposition of place: under, over, on the side.
Introduction the compound prepositions

Arts and Culture Content:
New modern Italian gadgets and design

Book your Italian Beginner Part 2 course here.

*Note: These are some of the possible arts and culture topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests