Italian – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London

Would you like to learn Italian in London? Join one of our part-time Italian courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginner Italian courses start in October and January. If you already have some knowledge of Italian you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginner Italian course.

We also have intermediate Italian classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Italian Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Italian.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Italian for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Italian for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore, we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
23 September 2019 Part 1 Mondays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 January 2020 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
20 April 2020 Part 3 Mondays 6–8pm** 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).

Course content

Our Italian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions
  • numbers 0–100
  • countries and nationalities
  • the family
  • professions and places of work
  • physical description and personality
  • at the bar and at the restaurant

Grammar

You will learn:

  • definite and indefinite articles (un, una, uno, il, la, lo)
  • verbs in the present tense, regular and irregular (chiamarsi, prendere, essere, avere, etc.)
  • adverbs of frequency (di solito, sempre, non…mai)
  • prepositions (di, a, da)
  • personal pronouns (io, tu, Lei)
  • adjectives and nouns -gender and number (grande, piccolo/a, il ristorante, la birra, etc.)
  • possessive pronouns (mio, tuo, suo)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • the time
  • months of the year and seasons
  • the daily routine
  • public places and ways of giving directions
  • the house
  • likes and dislikes

Grammar

You will learn:

  • prepositions (in, con, su)
  • personal pronouns (noi, voi, loro)
  • adjectives and nouns (negozio economico, piazza antica, museo interessante)
  • possessive pronouns (la sua, il nostro, le vostre)
  • reflexive verbs (alzarsi, mettersi, vestirsi)
  • past tense -part 1 (ho visitato, sono andato/a, ho fatto)
  • direct and indirect pronouns -part 1(mi, ti, La, mi, ti, Le)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • invitations
  • shopping for food
  • eating habits
  • the weekend
  • holidays
  • the weather
  • clothes

Grammar

You will learn:

  • combined prepositions (del, della, dei)
  • past tense -part 2 (ho letto, sono rimasto/a, ho preso)
  • direct and indirect pronouns -part 2 (lo, la, li, ci, vi, gli)
  • reflexive verbs in the past tense (mi sono alzato/a, mi sono messo/a, mi sono vestito/a)
  • irregular participles (letto, rimasto, preso)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Nuovo Espresso 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first lesson before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Italian is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Italian language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Italian for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Italian for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore, we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
24 September 2019 Part 1 Tuesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
14 January 2020 Part 2 Tuesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
21 April 2020 Part 3 Tuesdays 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).

Course content

Our Italian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • shopping for clothes
  • describing past habits
  • stories of the past
  • asking and requesting in a polite manner
  • making a suggestion
  • expressing a wish

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the verb 'to like' (e.g. mi piace la musica classica; mi piacciono le mele)
  • indirect pronouns (e.g. a Maria le telefono oggi, a Mario gli scrivo oggi)
  • imperfect (e.g. da bambina giocavo con le bambole; c’era una volta un nonno …)
  • contrast between imperfect and past perfect (e.g. camminavo nel parco e ho incontrato Maria)
  • conditional (e.g. potresti chiudere la finestra per favore? Vorrei un gelato)

Part 2

Topics

IIn this term we will cover:

  • travel and how to express appreciation and disappointment
  • giving suggestions
  • expressing needs
  • describing health problems and symptoms
  • giving health advice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • using the verbs sapere and conoscere in the past tense (e.g. ho saputo che e’ nato Paolo. Ho conosciuto Maria a scuola)
  • imperative informal tu, regular and irregular (e.g. Maria, parla piu’ piano. Maria, finisci I compiti)
  • the verb 'serve' (e.g. mi serve una penna nuova)
  • imperative formal lei, regular and irregular (e.g. Signora, prenda queste medicine per cinque giorni).
  • the position of pronouns with the imperative (e.g. mangialo, comprale; lo mangi, le compri)
  • the comparative and superlative of buono and bene (e.g. e’ un ottimo vino¨; Sono dolci)

Part 3

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • work environment
  • expressing yourself using the future tense
  • wishes and intentions
  • describing a significant moment in your life
  • describing and comparing different types of homes

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the simple future tense (e.g. quest’anno andro’ in Francia; comprero’ una macchina nuova)
  • the past simple of modal verbs (e.g. Ieri sono voluto andare al cinema con Mario; ho voluto provare un nuovo ristorante).
  • conjunctions pero, quindi, perche (e.g. ho un esame quindi studio; voglio quel vestito pero’ non ho soldi).
  • using the present tense of subjunctive to express needs, hopes and opinions (e.g. penso che quella ragazza sia Svedese).

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Nuovo Espresso 2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first lesson before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Italian language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Italian language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Italian for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Italian for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore, we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
25 September 2019 Part 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2020 Part 2 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
22 April 2020 Part 3 Wednesday 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).

Course content

Our Italian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • learning Italian as a ‘new language’, use of foreign words in Italian
  • talk about cultural differences
  • talk about advantages of living in the city as opposed to the countryside
  • talk about ‘Made in Italy’

Grammar

You will learn:

  • pluperfect tense (Sono ritornata nell’albergo dove ero stata 2 anni fa)
  • combined pronouns (Quando porti il libro a Maria? Glielo porto domani)
  • past conditional (Sono andata al cinema ma…)
  • possessive pronouns
  • use ofci andne
  • revision of present subjunctive
  • past subjunctive (Penso che Maria sia partita stamattina)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • new media and new technology
  • discuss various book genres and preferences in reading
  • discover and discuss places of cultural interest
  • the modern Italian family, various aspects including statistics
  • Italian stereotypes

Grammar

You will learn:

  • imperfect subjunctive (Pensavo che uscisse alle nove…)
  • indirect speech
  • passive form (L’ospedale sara’ inaugurato dalla regina)
  • past historical (Dante scrisse la Divina Commedia)
  • recap of the uses of the subjunctive

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Italian festivities and celebrations
  • Italian customs and habits
  • recycling gifts
  • famous Italians
  • Italy to discover
  • Italian language today

Grammar

You will learn:

  • Periodo ipotetico della possibilita’ (if + imperfect subjunctive, simple conditional)
  • Periodo ipotetico dell’impossibilita’ (if + pluperfect subjunctive, past conditional)
  • Gerund present and past infinitive
  • Passive form

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Further information

Learning resources

We will use Nuovo Espresso 3 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.    

Contact us

Short Course Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900

Evening Language Programme information evening

Come along to our information evening on 5 September 2019 to talk to our tutors and sign up for your language class.

Read more and register for the information evening

Course dates 2019–20

September intake
Part 1: 23 September – 6 December 2019
Part 2: 13 January – 27 March 2020
Part 3: 20 April – 12 June 2020*
Part 3: 20 April – 19 June 2020**

*For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
** For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020).

January intake
Part 1: 13 January – 3 April 2020
Part 2: 20 April – 12 June 2020
Part 3: 15 June – 17 July 2020*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week.