Italian 1: Beginners - Part 2


A post-beginner continuation course providing progression for students who completed Italian 1: Beginners - Part 1.

Successful completion of Part 2 fulfils the requirements of the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The topics, vocabulary and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range  of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in the countries where Italian is spoken.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

Week 0:      An introduction to Teams

Week 11:    Vorrei prenotare una stanza.     At the hotel

  • Booking a room
  • Time expressions


Week 12:   Ho un problema con la camera.     Complaining and asking for information on accommodation. 

  • Complaining on the accommodation and asking for information
  • Consolidating the use of the prepositions


Week 13:    Che cosa hai fatto in vacanza?    Talking about holiday activities

  • Talking in the past: the Passato prossimo tense
  • Time expressions with the past tense


Week 14:    Sono andato al lago.  Describing a weekend and describing past events

  • Talking in the past
  • Weather conditions


Week 15:     Vorrei qualche informazione.  Asking for and providing information on means of transport, prices and time

  • Asking for and providing directions
  • Asking and providing information of transports, prices and times.


Week 16:     Mi alzo alle 7!  Daily routine; writing a postcard

  • Talking about the daily routine and every day activities.


Week 17:     Mio fratello si chiama Paolo.  Talking about family

  • Talking about family relationships


Week 18:     Sapori d’Italia     Italian food, recipes

  • Describing food
  • Writing a shopping list


Week 19:    Facciamo acquisti!  Shopping for clothes, shoes, sizes; asking for the price; describing clothes

  • Describing clothes
  • Asking for size and price


Week 20:    Che tipo sei?  Describing people

  • Describing a person: physical appearance

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course, but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

Course book

Gruppo Italiaidea - New Italian Espresso textbook. Beginners and pre-intermediate

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Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £150.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Ms Stefania Nini

Stefania holds a Bachelor Degree in Educational Sciences from the Catholic University of Milan and a PGCE in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. She has been teaching Italian for 28 years (in Italy and in UK) and her teaching experience spans all age and level ranges.

Course aims

To further familiarize students who have completed Part 1 with everyday language and culture of the Italian-speaking countries.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Equip students with a range of vocabulary items and grammar structures for simple interaction in Italian
  • Explore aspects of the culture and daily life in the Italian-speaking countries.

Teaching methods

This course will consist of a weekly, two-hour session with 50% of the session being pre-recorded and made available to students during and after the live sessions. 

The real time interaction will focus on listening, speaking, grammar and the exploration of culture, and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time.

Class activities, exercises, and tasks will be conducted in the target language. English will be the medium of instruction and may be used to explain new concepts, vocabulary items, grammar rules, or the methodology behind an activity.

To benefit from the course, regular preparation in advance of the class is required. In addition to the course textbook(s), there will be some additional learning resources for self-study and consolidation.  Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • interact in a simple way in routine everyday situations
  • understand basic information from routine conversations
  • obtain basic information from simple written texts
  • write short texts using basic structures and vocabulary items

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening comprehension skills, speaking skills, and/or grammar knowledge will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or short pieces of coursework. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education in other subjects

Students must submit a Declaration of Authorship form when submitting their final piece of assessed work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


This course is for students who took the part 1 course last term. Direct online enrolments are therefore not available. Instead, please download and complete the enrolment form below and return it to the Weekly Class Programme Office by email.

Once we have enrolled you for the course, we will email you an invoice for online payment.

1. Enrolment Form

If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us

Each course will close for enrolments 14 days prior to the start date to allow us to complete the course set up. We will email you at that time (14 days before the course begins) with further information and joining instructions. As always, students will want to check spam and junk folders during this period to ensure that these emails are received.

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

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