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Beginner

Prescribed text: Arrivederci! 1: for English speakers: a multimedia Italian course: student's book & workbook

Beginner Module 1

1 x 2 hour lesson per week

Unit 1 - Primi incontri
the verb essere and regular - are verbs
Personal subject pronouns
Positive and negative (non) sentences, questions
How to pronounce c / g

Unit 2 - Al bar
The verb stare
Vorrei + infinitive
The numbers from 0 to 9
Singular nouns
The indefiniate article
Regular -ere verbs
Pronunciation differences: c / ch and g / gh

Beginner Module 2

   

1 x 2 hour lesson per week 

Unit  3 – Che lavoro fa?
definite article in the singular
the verb fare
masculine/ feminine nouns
adjectives in the singular
prepositions a and in
how to pronounce sc

Unit  4 – Tempo libero
Plural nouns                                                
Definite articles in the plural
Verbs andare and avere
Mi/ ti/ ci/ vi piace/ piacciono
Bene and buono
Numbers from 10—100
How to pronounce gli and gn

Beginner Module 3

1 x 2 hour lesson per week

Unit 5 – L’albergo ideale
C’e` and ci sono
Verbs ending in –ire
The alphabet
Adjective agreements

Unit 6 – Finalmente a Genova
The verb dovere + infinitive
Prepositions a, da and di + definite article
The verb sapere
Verbs ending in –care and –gare
Prepositions of place

Beginner Module 4

1 x 2 hour lesson per week 

Unit  7 – Buon viaggio!
Verbs volere and potere
Prepositions su and in + definite article
The time
The numbers over 100
Verbs ending in –ire  that add –isc-

Unit  8 – Un’Italia da vedere
The direct object pronouns: lo, la, li, le
Verbs ending in –cere  and -gere
The past participle
The perfect tense of the verbs that take essere and avere

Beginner Conversation: Italian for Travellers

1 x 2 hour lesson per week

This is a one-off 10 week course for those planning to travel to Italy in the near future. An introduction to simple, everyday Italian through authentic conversations, dialogues and interviews, e.g. how to ask for something, eating out, etc.. Max 10 students.

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Intermediate
 Intermediate Module 1

 Unit 9 - Una giornata in Famiglia
• possessive adjectives
• reflexive verbs
• negative sentences with mai and niente

 Unit 10 - Vado a fare la spesa
• using di +noun to express quantity
• quanto/a/i/e
• partitive article(di + def.article)
• ne
• prepositions in & da + shops/ shop-keepers
• the stressed (emphatic) form of direct object pronouns
• the verb venire

Arrivederci 1: for English Speakers

Intermediate Module 2

 Unit 11 - Moda per ogni stagione
• Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
• Colours
• The direct object pronouns mi, ti, ci, vi
• Comparartive adjectives
Unit 12 - Viaggio in Sicilia
• Constructions with si and ci
• Adverbs ending in mente

Arrivederci 1: for English Speakers

Intermediate Module 3

Unit 1 - Hai voglia di uscire?
• Adverbs of quantity
• Indirect object pronouns
• The relative superlative
• The verb uscire
• stare + gerund
• Time expressions with fra / tra

Unit 2 - Buone Vacanze!
• Time expressions with da and fa
• The perfect tense of piacere
• The imperfect tense
• The imperfect and perfect tenses
• Adverbs of time
• Dependent clauses with mentre and quando

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers 

Intermediate Module 4

Unit 3 - Ti sta benissimo!
• Verb dare
• c'è and c'erano
• Absolute superlative
• Demonstrative adjectives questo and quello
• Preposition di + materials
• Perfect tense with direct object pronouns
• Adjective bello

Unit 4 - Mi sento bene
• Ordinal numbers
• Imperative (tu, noi, voi)
• Negative imperative
• Nouns ending in -ista, -co, -go, -io
• Verbs sapere and potere

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers

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Upper Intermediate
Upper Intermediate Module 1
 

Unit 5 - Auguri!
• Public holidays
• Celebrations
• Congratulations and best wishes
• Adjectives and indefinite pronouns
• The relative pronoun che
• The imperfect and perfect tenses (revision)

Unit 6 - Cambi casa?
• Living
• Quality of life
• Other uses of ne and ci
• The imperative
• The comparative (revision)

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers

Upper Intermediate Module 2

Unit 7 - Buon appetito!

• Booking a table in a restaurant
• Culinary specialists
• The conditional tense
• The impersonal verbs servire, volerci, bastare and bisognare
• The verb metterci
• The adjective buono

Unit 8 - Ultime notizie
• News stories
• The mass media
• The conditional tense (in more depth)
• The perfect tense of modal verbs
• Negative sentences with nessuno

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers

Upper Intermediate Module 3

Unit 9 - Cosa fai nella vita?

• Work and job offers
• The construction stare per + infinitive
• Dependent clauses with prima di + infinitive
• Verb + preposition + infinitive or complement

Unit 10 - L'amore e`...
• Feelings and love
• Constructions with si + reflexive verbs
• The verb riuscire
• The future tense

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers

Upper Intermediate Module 4

Unit 11 - Vivere insieme

• Living together
• Neighbourhoodrelationships
• The relative pronoun cui after a preposition
• The names of countries (in more depth)
ce l'ho, ce l'hai...

Unit 12 - Godiamoci la natura!
• Nature and landscapes, environment, getting rid of waste and animals
• Prepositions with means of transport (revision)
• The adjective and interrogative pronoun quale
• The perfect tense ne

Arrivederci 2: for English Speakers

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Advanced
Advanced Module 1

 

Chapter 15
Past absolute: lavorai, credei, finii.
Ordinal numbers: primo, secondo, terzo...
Use of the two verbs: volerci and metterci
The Gerund e.g ., cucinando, giocando

PREGO 7th edition 

Advanced Module 2

Chapter 16
Present subjunctive
Verbs & expressions that require the subjunctive
Past subjunctive

PREGO 7th edition

Advanced Module 3

Chapter 17
Conjunctions that require the subjunctive: prima che (before), affinché (until), sebbene (although)
Other uses of the subjunctive
Subjunctive or infinitive?

PREGO 7th edition

Advanced Module 4

Chapter 18
Imperfect subjunctive
Pluperfect subjunctive (il trapassato del congiuntivo)
Correlation of the tenses in the subjunctive

PREGO 7th edition

Advanced Italian Conversation
Classes are adapted to student's levels and interests
Cinema & Conversazione
Classes are adapted to student's levels and interests
High Advanced Conversation
Classes are adapted to student's levels and interests

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