Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course is ideal for preparing for travel, as you will learn basic greetings and introductions, how to express likes and dislikes, and travel by bus and train. Grammatical elements are also introduced as you start to work on your speaking and listening skills. Noun, article and prepositions use will be introduced as well as basic pronunciation, writing and reading skills. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • introduce youself and greet others at an initial meeting
  • order food and drink at a cafè or restaurant
  • describe your activities during the week and on weekends, ie leisure activities
  • express your likes and dislikes.


This course covers the following topics:

  • greetings
  • introducing yourself and others
  • ordering in a café or restaurant
  • pronunciation and spelling
  • likes and dislikes
  • talking about free time and leisure activities
  • nouns - (singular and plural)
  • introduction to verbs including essere (to be), avere (to have), fare (to do or to make)
  • articles – definite and indefinite
  • introduction to prepositions.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

NEW Italian Espresso – Beginner & Pre-Intermediate – Textbook + DVD by Butrini & Graziani.
(ISBN 978-88-6182-354-9)

This textbook is used for levels 101 to 201. It is based on a language learning through conversation method.

Based on Units 1-3 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please note

Selected Language courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

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What others say.

  • The tutor was an enthusiastic teacher, with lots of character and passion which makes the learning so much more fun and easy. Every lesson we would be tested individually on what we had learnt previously. I believe, this was an integral part of our learning and moving forward.

  • Such a wonderful teacher. I came to class after working a 9-hour day and still felt engaged throughout the whole class due to the energetic nature and teaching style.

  • The tutor is a very good and confident language teacher who makes the class lively and interesting.

  • The tutor was really experienced and encouraged everyone to develop with confidence, it was enjoyable learning not a painful chore and the results were impressive.

  • Our tutor was fantastic. They were engaging and had us speaking Italian right from the beginning. I have learnt a lot and had a fantastic time.

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This is a ‘fast track’ option in which learning is accelerated with meetings twice weekly over four weeks.

What others say.

  • Excellent course!
  • The tutor was absolutely FABULOUS and helped us to understand Italian so well. The teaching style was clear, personable and friendly. The classes were really fun and we learnt so much every lesson!
  • The tutors that taught the classes across the duration of the course were all extremely professional, understanding and knowledgeable. It was a delight to come to class every week, and I look forward to booking myself into the next level!