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Italian Advanced Plus - Summer Course

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Level 3
09:30 - 11:30
7 weeks

Do you want to speak Italian like the Italians? Then this Italian Advanced course is for you. You will learn how to communicate in Italian with a near-native degree of fluency and accuracy. This Summer course will expand on topics and vocabulary covered in the Italian Advanced Plus course.

Successful students should be able to:
• Exchange views confidently on a range of topical subjects. Take part confidently in a discussion with native speakers with a near native command of the language.
• Use language, vocabulary, idiomatic and colloquial expressions appropriate to the formality of the situation and subject and to the context and culture.
• Obtain information, ideas and opinions from a variety of sources. Extract required details fully and accurately. Deal with texts of a technical nature with the help of a dictionary or other reference source.
• Produce written texts for a variety of purposes. Modify language to communicate in ways appropriate to the context and relationship between writer and reader.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Stefano Sopranzi

Stefano is a native Italian speaker and has been teaching Italian and Spanish at Kent Adult Education since April 2012. He completed his studies at the faculty of Literature and Philosophy at “University of Bologna” - where he also studied Spanish language at the centre for Theoretical and Applied linguistics “Luigi Heilmann” before deciding to move to the UK to further his career in teaching. In July 2012 he was awarded his PTLLS Certificate and is currently attending a part-time PGCE course. In 2013 he was also awarded funding from the EU to take part in an Italian language teacher training course within the context of the Grundtvig - the EU programme which focuses on the teaching and study needs of those in Adult Education. In addition, he constantly attends conferences, workshops and seminars (e.g. “Language Show”, “Dilit International House”, “Italian Culture Institute”, “Instituto Cervantes”) to update and enhance his understanding of the principles and practices of language teaching and learning.
Stefano’s enthusiasm and passion for his subjects plays a crucial role in his success as a tutor “I really like teaching languages and I do not consider it to be simply a job, rather a reason for life. Overall, I have a friendly and non-instructional relationship with my students, and use my skills to create a friendly and warm atmosphere where all students can learn whilst enjoying themselves.”

View all courses taught by Stefano Sopranzi here

How will I be taught?

The focus will be on oral communication (speaking and listening) and some reading and writing will also be included. Pronunciation and Italian culture are an integral part of the course. The course will be conducted mainly in the foreign language. Learners will work through different activities individually, in pairs and in small groups, using a variety of learning methods and resources (role-play and games etc). Homework set will provide an opportunity for self study to reinforce learning.
Initial assessment will be carried out at the beginning of the course to assess individual skill level. Each student's starting point will be recorded on an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and targets will be set. This will be revisited from time to time during the course to monitor and record progress. Tutors will mark homework and give written or verbal feedback.

What do I need to bring with me?

The course book will be discussed at the first session if appropriate. Students will need to bring a pen and paper and an A4 ring binder for handouts, although we advise students not to buy anything until after the first session.

What can I do next?

The appropriate follow-on course is another Advanced course at a higher level or an Advanced conversation course. The tutor will be able to advise or check

What do I need to join the course

Students should have studied the language for approximately 350 hours or have completed up to A Level or have spent an extended period of time in the country.
For anybody who has attended one of our Advanced courses and/or is looking to develop their fluency and accuracy to a near-native level in pronunciation/intonation, choice of vocabulary, grammar as well as idiomatic/colloquial expressions. Grammar content will bridge gaps in knowledge.

If you are unsure carry out our self-assessment test available on The assessment provides a score to help you chose the best course for you. If still unsure, speak to us or to a Curriculum Leader.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code CAN/88351/J/NC.