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Italian, Arts and Culture Language Course

Italian, Arts and Culture Language Course

Evening Italian course at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Italian and explore Italian arts and culture, with classes starting from beginner level.

Why choose Italian, Arts and Culture?


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

The classes are built around an arts and culture context. During your 8 week Italian, Arts and Culture 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.

Our next course will start week commencing 20 January 2020, and will open for booking from mid-November. Sign up to our newsletter and we will email you when it is available to book from our website.

Fees, location and time


Course fees

The 8-week course fee is £198. This includes all learning materials.

Location

The  classes take place at UAL Language Centre, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY, which is just a 3-5 minute walk from Holborn or Chancery Lane stations in central London.

Course dates

Our next course will be in spring term, week commencing 20 January 2020. Sign up to our newsletter and we will email you with the next available course dates and information.

Time

Class times are 6pm to 8pm, 1 evening a week.

Class level


Our classes all start at beginner level, and we also offer other levels at different times during the year on some courses.


After studying Beginner Part 1 for 8 weeks, students would progress to Beginner Part 2 which lasts for 8 weeks, then can take Beginner Part 3 for another 8 weeks. The next level after Beginner is Elementary, followed by Pre-intermediate, then Intermediate or above.


If you are not sure what your level is, please read the CEFR Level Descriptors for Languages (PDF 81KB)

Additional information


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Please contact us by emailing LAC@arts.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

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Syllabus and course details

These are some of the topics you will study on your Italian, Arts and Culture course. The topics may vary according to student needs and interests..

Our evening language courses in Italian are built around an arts and culture context. You will learn Italian and explore a variety of cultural and arts 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 1 evening course, you will:

  • be introduced not only to the Italian language but also to different aspects of the arts and culture of Italy
  • explore functional language related to Italian cuisine, fashion, architecture and holidays.
  • be introduced to vocabulary for shopping, accessories and clothes, food and drink, and interiors
  • learn how to describe urban spaces, clothing, 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 speaking and pronunciation skills as well as using language for practical purposes.

Week 1: Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Language Content: Greetings; introduce yourself; the Italian alphabet; nationality; numbers; masculine/feminine

Arts and Culture Content: History of the Italian language - a language that is just 100 years old

Week 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

Week 3: Art and Politics

Language Content: The construction of the verb ‘like’; numbers; talk about your tastes

Arts and Culture Content:  Italian art - is just art or a political manifesto?

Week 4: Urban Spaces

Language Content: Describe the urban space: there is and there are: indeterminate articles

Arts and Culture Content:  What makes Italian environment special and characteristic; what you can find only in Italy?

Week 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

Week 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

Week 7: Fashion and Society

Language Content: Clothes, shops and shopping; colours; definite articles

Arts and Culture Content: The stylist and his or her style

Week 8: Design and Architecture

Language Content: Describe a building; verb conjugation for plurals (we, you, they)

Arts and Culture Content:  Italian architecture around the world

Download a copy of the Italian Beginner Part 1 course syllabus (PDF 74KB)

Our evening Italian 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.

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

  • build on the basic structures and vocabulary learnt in part one of the course
  • practise telephone language and functional skills such as making appointments
  • be introduced both to the language and different aspects of Italian arts and culture 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 speaking and pronunciation through pair and group work

There is a focus on speaking and pronunciation skills on the programme, as well as using language for functional purposes.

Week 1: Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Language Content: Irregular verbs; time adverbs (always, often, etc.)

Arts and Culture Content: Italian stereotypes and superstitions

Week 2: Art, Politics and Culture

Language Content: Difference between verbs ‘sapere’ and ‘conoscere’ for ‘to know’; use of the verb ‘to have’ instead of ‘to be’ (avere fame, avere sete, avere fretta) in Italian expressions

Arts and Culture Content: The Vatican power in Italy

Week 3: Modernism: Technology

Language Content: The clock; appointments; phone calls

Arts and Culture Content: The Italian obsession for technology

Week 4: Cuisine and Culture

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

Arts and Culture Content: Famous recipes

Week 5: Movement and Time

Language Content: Reflective verbs; my day

Arts and Culture Content: Secrets of Rome

Week 6: Comics and Cartoons

Language Content: Use of the verbs “cominciare” and “finire”; story-telling

Arts and Culture Content: Game about famous Italian comics (e.g. Dylan Dog or Diabolik)

Week 7: Fashion and Society

Language Content: Describe a person; agreement between nouns and adjectives

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

Week 8: Urban Spaces, Design and Architecture

Language Content: Preposition of place: under, over, on the side; introduction to compound prepositions

Arts and Culture Content: New modern Italian gadgets and design

Download the Italian Beginner Part 2 course syllabus (PDF 208KB)


Availability


Please note, the autumn Italian class is now fully booked. Our next Italian course will open in early 2020. Sign up to our newsletter and we will email you with the next available course dates and information.

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