january, 2024

2024wed17jan(jan 17)7:30 pmwed27mar(mar 27)9:00 pmItalian Beginners 2£113 (£68 concession) Beginners course with group participation.Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Wednesday length of course: 10 weeks


January 17 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm - March 27 (Wednesday) 9:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Brief Description

Have you ever wanted to learn Italian? Then this Italian beginners course is for you! The course is for absolute beginners and is designed to give you a basic knowledge of the Italian language.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with the basic structure of the Italian language and have a sufficient vocabulary that will allow you to communicate with native speakers in most everyday situations. The language will be taught in the context of the social, cultural and historical aspects of Italy.

A variety of activities will be used, including dialogue development, listening practice, grammar exercises and focus work on cultural aspects of Italy. The course will be based on communicative methods and active participation will be strongly encouraged. There will be regular homework to consolidate what has been learnt in class and to assess your progress.
The course is priced for 10 weeks (one term); to complete the full course and cover all the learning outcomes listed below you will need to attend all 3 terms (there is no obligation to attend more than one term).

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

This beginners course will be in the second term. You will need approx. 15 hours previous tuition. Unsure of your level? Contact the office and they can put you in contact with the tutor.

Learning Outcomes:

Throughout the year, the course will cover the following topics:

  • introduce yourself and others,
  • talk about where you live and where you come from
  • talk about what you do
  • order snacks and drink in a bar
  • talk about your holiday
  • interact in a shop
  • book a hotel
  • Parts of the day,
  • days of the week, months of the year
  • telling the time
  • Expressions of frequency (sometimes, every day, never)
  • Likes and dislikes – more on food and ordering in a restaurant
  • Spatial awareness (near, far, opposite, in front of)
  • Transport
  • Around the city
  • Possessives
  • Using the present tense
  • Articles
  • Greetings
  • Using the past tense
  • Shopping for food, names of shops
  • Daily life (routine and habits)
  • Directions
  • Clothing
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Booking a hotel

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment

Learners may be advised to purchase the textbook NUOVO ESPRESSO 1 (Libro dello studente e esercizi) which will be followed throughout the course – but this will be discussed in the first week of class

For the first session you will need to bring:

You will probably want to make your own notes, so have a pen and paper to hand.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Learners will be able to proceed to the Italian Improvers course after three terms of beginners.
Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.


£113 (£68 concession price) contact the office on 01223 712340 to book your place and pay by card.


Olga JoyI am a native Italian speaker. I have studied modern languages at University in Rome and have taught Italian evening classes at all levels for many years as well as teaching Italian in schools in Cambridge. I have worked as an examiner for UCLES and Edexcel and as a translator and interpreter both in Italy and the UK.

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