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Italian Conversation and Culture Course: Intermediate B2

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

Some of our courses have moved to online delivery. We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through interactive, online classes in real-time. If you are currently enrolled in a course with us, we will be in touch soon with options for your enrolment.

Please note that for online classes, all course materials will be shared electronically. No printed resources will be available.


Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Italiano con le regioni

Join our intermediate Italian conversation course and practice confidently expressing yourself in a range of contexts. This course is particularly focused on Italy’s different regions, and the cities, arts, culture and history therein.

This course is designed for anyone who has completed a B1 level of study (from the Common European Framework for Languages).

Each week we will discuss different regions of Italy, along with assigned pre-reading materials and (some) related grammar exercises. We will discuss the cities, art, culture, food, buildings and history of each of Italy’s regions. We may also discuss a contemporary topic of cultural interest that is relevant to a particular region, for example, politics, mafia, people and fun facts.

Aims

The aim of this course is to develop your understanding of Italy’s culture and history by enhancing your language proficiency.

Outcomes

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

  • describe complex texts regarding history, arts and culture in general
  • discuss important Italian cultural events
  • express your opinion on politics and the arts
  • demonstrate anunderstanding of Italy and its inhabitants
  • confidently read regional menus and know how to place an order in a restaurant.

Content

The course content is divided per Italian region. We will start with Abruzzo and work our way out, through all 21 regions, finishing with Veneto. We will discuss the unique diversity of the Italian regions with all their beauty and bizarre histories.

Our focus when discussing each region will be:

  • history
  • arts and culture
  • cultural events
  • politics and the arts
  • food
  • the local inhabitants.

You will learn to confidently discuss and express your opinion on each of these topics.

Every week you will receive the materials for the next class with instructions regarding the most important things to read or watch. All pre-reading is not compulsory.

Intended audience

Intermediate participants.

Prerequisites

Before enrolling, you should have completed a B1 level of study.

Delivery style

Tutorial/workshop style.

Learning materials will be presented and discussed in an open classroom environment and in small groups (of 4 to 6). Reading materials will be shared one week ahead of class. It is not compulsory to read the materials every week.

Materials

Course handouts will be provided online.

Please note

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

Features

  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

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

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What others say.

  • Great tutors with interesting lessons and a chance to speak, write and read. A small class at a similar level of fluency made for a great group.
  • The tutors were excellent - the way the classes were run, and how each topic and grammar components were covered was all done very well.
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