Italian Courses

Speaking one of the romantic languages opens the door to other related European languages. The perfect language for the beginner and for those passionate about Italy!

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Italian Group and Private

The A1 and A2 course will introduce the language with basic everyday expressions and questions. You will learn to introduce yourself and express personal details.

 

Interactions with fluent Italian speakers can take place with assistance, i.e. asking for help/introducing yourself. At the end of the course you will be eligible to write the A1 - B2 Exams at accredited institutions. 

We will also do classes all the way up to C1 level. The B1 is required to apply for citizinship in Italy. Below is a rough guideline as to what needs to be covered in each level up to B1. Please enquire for B2 and up. 

A1 – Beginner/Elementary Italian Lessons

01: Articles (Articoli)
02: Plurals (Plurali)
03: There is/There are (C’è/ci sono)
04: Verbs in the present tense (Verbi, presente)
05: Like – Piace / Piacciono (Piace / Piacciono)
06: Adjectives (Aggettivi)
07: Adverbs (Avverbi)
08: The Past (Passato prossimo)
09: Direct and indirect pronouns (Pronomi diretti e indiretti)
10: Prepositions (Preposizioni)
11: Reflexive verbs (Verbi riflessivi)
12: The Impersonal Form With ‘Si’ (Forma impersonale con ‘Si’)

A2 – Pre-Intermediate Italian Lessons

13: Present Progressive Tense (Preposizioni)
14: Past Tense, Other Aspects (Tempo passato)
15: The Imperative (Imperativo)
16: The Imperfect Tense (Imperfetto)
17: The Future Simple Tense (Futuro semplice)
18: Conditional Present (Condizionale)
19: Subjunctive Present (Congiuntivo presente)
20: Pronominal Verbs (I verbi pronominali)

B1 – Intermediate Italian Lessons

21: Passive (Passivo)
22: Combined Pronouns (Pronomi combinati)
23: Conditional Past (Condizionale passato)
24: Past Perfect (Trapassato)
25: Subjunctive Past (Congiuntivo passato)
26: Subjunctive Imperfect (Congiuntivo imperfetto)
27: Subjunctive Past Perfect (Congiuntivo trapassato)
28: Unreal Present (Presente irreale)
29: Unreal Past (Passato irreale)

It is said that on average, to reach A1 level, you will need around 3 months (assuming you do 1 x 1 hour lesson once a week. However, this number is just an average based on the amount of grammar that needs to be covered. This does not take into consideration fluency that comes with practice as well as how much out of class studying is done. We recommend actually 24 lessons to have a more holistic and natural way of learning and speaking.  

At the end of the course you will be able to sit for the CERF exam at accredited institutions.


Fluent Panda will provide a certificate of attendance upon completion of the end course exam.

All resources and extra work are included in fees. 

Information on CEFR (How to measure your level for European languages)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages.

Below is the CEFR description of what a learner is supposed to be capable of at each level of progression:

Basic User

A1 – Breakthrough (or beginner)
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 – Waystage (or elementary)
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Independent User

B1 – Threshold (or intermediate)
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 – Vantage (or upper intermediate)
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Proficient User

C1 – Effective Operational Proficiency (or advanced)
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.

  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 – Mastery (or proficiency)
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.

  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Courtesy of https://www.becomeapolyglot.com/2019/04/19/how-to-measure-your-level-in-a-language/ [Accessed: 2020/07/15]