Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language. 

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Who is this class for?

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

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part 1. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

October start

You can book:

  • Part 2 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)
  • Parts 2 and 3 together for £440 (£500 after 22 November)

To book Parts 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 2 and add Part 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our October-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

January start

We are now offering a 15% discount on our January start Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster alumni, students and University of Westminster staff. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £250 (£280 after 22 November) *
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £565 (£625 after 22 November) *

To book Parts 1, 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our January-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Italian
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Italian for about 20 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Italian for about 40 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

Teaching

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.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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.

Learning resources

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

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Italian Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

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 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:

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 is the final level of the Italian Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

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)

Booking

If you have any questions about these courses, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Some of our courses have already started but we are still accepting late enrolments.

October start

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
18 January 2021

Part

2

Day and time

Mondays
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

12
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Mondays
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks**

Price

£280

Coming soon

**No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021.

January start

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
20 January 2021

Part

1

Day and time

Wednesday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

14
Apr
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Wednesday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

21
Jun
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Monday and Wednesday
6-8pm

Duration

5 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

How we're delivering courses

This course is delivered in an online, virtual classroom, where you'll benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

Discover our virtual learning environment with a tour of Blackboard.

Take a look around our virtual classrooms.

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.