Photograph of a building with Italian and European flags

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” — Giuseppe Verdi

At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Various levels
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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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.

With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Italian Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
Italian Beginners
Mara Benetti
Huxley 658 (TBC)
Italian Beginners
Laura Giaconi
CLCC 315 (TBC)
  Italian Intermediate
Mara Benetti
SALC 1 (TBC)
Italian classes timetable

Italian course descriptions

Beginners

Italian imageThis Beginners course focuses on the spoken Italian needed for everyday situations. Students will acquire the essential skills that will allow them to speak, write and understand how the language works. Having learned how to perform a number of basic tasks, such as talking about oneself and others, buying food and drinks, asking for and giving directions, they will be able to extend their skills to other situations.

Every opportunity will be given to practise the spoken language in class in order to build up students’ confidence and encourage them to contribute creatively and express their opinions. Grammatical understanding is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling the students to build on their own knowledge independently.

The course will aim to cover articles, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, the present tense of regular and some irregular verbs, and the past tense. The method used is communicative with pair work and group work opportunities. Videos and other visual material will be used to encourage the lively participation of the students.

Intermediate

Italian imageThis Intermediate course follows on from the Beginners course and is open to all students with a first-level knowledge of Italian. The course will extend and consolidate the skills already acquired with greater emphasis on vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will be encouraged to be active participants, expressing opinions and investigating ways they can acquire language skills independently.

The course will aim to cover the ten units of the book (including revision of the present tense and the past tenses and introducing the future tenses). The method used is communicative with pair work and group work opportunities. Videos and other visual material will be used to encourage the lively participation of the students.

Building on previous experience and study of Italian, simple articles, dialogues and exercises drawn from other sources will be used to reinforce language skills and encourage discussion as well as offering an introduction to Italian culture and customs.

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class. 

Italian Beginners

  • Italian 1 (Palgrave Foundations, 2nd edition) by M. Benetti, C. Murtas and C. Varchetta (accompanied by two DVDs)

Italian Intermediate

  • Italian 2 (Palgrave Foundations, 2005) by M. Benetti, C. Murtas and C. Varchetta

Level advice

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 are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.

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.

Contact details for course-level advice: Dr Sheila Lecoeur (Italian Coordinator), s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

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.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Dr Sheila Lecoeur (Italian Coordinator), s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £395    (Early Bird Rate: £360*) £230    (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
£305    (Early Bird Rate: £280*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
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Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • 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 eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • 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

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. 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 Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable 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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Contact details for questions regarding the content and teaching of our Italian courses: Dr Sheila Lecoeur (Italian Coordinator), s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk