Italian Beginners / Italian Conversation (Daytime)
Join our friendly and informal lunchtime classes to learn or improve your Italian skills.
At a glance
- Live online course
- Various levels
- 1 hour a week
- Timetabled Tuesdays
- 20 weeks: October to March
- Tutor: Adriana Lepori
- Fees from £110 to £205
- Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
- Book from 15 August
Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world. Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.
For our daytime Italian programme you can choose between Italian for beginners or, if you have more experience with the language, our Italian conversation class designed to improve your speaking and listening skills.
|12:00 - 13:00||Italian Beginners
|13:00 - 14:00||Italian Conversation
This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.
Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.
Italian LL course descriptions
This 20-hour course for complete Beginners is designed to offer an introduction to the Italian language. The course features some communicative exercises to help students form basic sentences and to exchange information about themselves.
The main skills to be aimed at are speaking and listening, complemented by some basic writing and reading. The syllabus stages to be completed are:
- Simple greetings and use of formal and informal;
- Numbers and dates: days and months;
- Buying drinks and food;
- Learning about paying and how to shop;
- More numbers and telling the time, dates;
- Buying clothes and describing material;
- Hotel room bookings;
- Basic phone calls and letters;
- Describing family and friends and home environment;
- Holidays, studies, plans.
Grammatical structures to be introduced and practiced are present tenses, adjectives, some pronouns and specific vocabulary.
This 20-hour course is NOT suitable for absolute Beginners. If you are an absolute Beginner or only possess limited skills please contact our Italian coordinator for course-level advice prior to booking.
Speaking a foreign language is always much easier if you have opportunities to practise it in a variety of settings. Our lunchtime conversational classes are designed to give you opportunity to speak Italian in a series of role-play situations based on everyday life.
With support from our expert tutor, the classes place an emphasis on listening and speaking, helping you to build your confidence, improve your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary, by enabling you to tackle a variety of everyday situations.
The classes are an excellent supplement to any formal language classes you might be studying, but will also be useful to you if your language skills are a bit rusty, giving you the chance to reacquaint yourself with the language in a supportive and friendly environment.
To fully benefit from the classes you are expected to have some oral competence in the language, equivalent to intermediate level, post GCSE or B1. If in doubt, please contact the Italian Coordinator who can assess whether this class is suitable for you.
The booking terms and conditions should also be checked carefully before joining this class.
Progress through the course and textbook (if any) will depend on the group dynamics of the class. Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course.
Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.
If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.
If you do require course-level advice, our Italian Coordinator will happily assist you. Please contact Dr Sheila Lecoeur, email@example.com
All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.
Should you wish to receive further details on your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our Italian Coordinator, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, firstname.lastname@example.org
All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.
All times stated are British Standard Time.
To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.
This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.
Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.
We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.
All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle. For one hour courses there is no break.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|20||20|| £205 (Early Bird Rate: £185*)
||£120 (Early Bird Rate: £110*)||£160 (Early Bird Rate: £145*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening email@example.com before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|20||20||19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)* PLUS||11 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (11 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 15 August
Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
- The following email notifications are sent:
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Questions regarding the content and teaching of these courses should be addressed to the Italian Coordinator, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, firstname.lastname@example.org