Do you want to consolidate your Italian speaking and listening skills further and be able to gain a deeper cultural understanding? This Italian Intermediate Plus Summer School course is for you. You will benefit from being in a classroom, exchanging face to face with your supportive tutor and other students as you practise speaking in Italian and enjoying learning the language.
By the end of the course successful students should be able to:
- Communicate on a wider range of topics and be able to extract details accurately from various sources
- Obtain information from complex texts and deal with topics of a familiar/unfamiliar nature
- Making hypothesis using the conditional
- Start expressing attitudes and emotions using the subjunctive
- Start to use colloquial expressions and appropriate style of language in conversations
Grammar gaps will be covered as needed. You will be given small amounts of homework (1 hour suggested) each week to reinforce classroom learning.
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.”
How will I be taught?
The focus will be on speaking and listening. 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' starting point will be recorded on an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set targets. This will be revisited regularly 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?
After this, the next appropriate follow-on course is an Advanced course. The tutor will be able to advise or check www.kentadulteducation.co.uk.
What do I need to join the course
The course follows on from our Italian Intermediate Plus course and is for anyone who has the knowledge of the tenses and basic structure of the language and needs fluency and conversation practice.
Students need to have attended an Italian Intermediate Plus course or have studied the language for approximately 350 hours or completed French GCSE (A/C grades) or O level some time ago. You should be able to speak confidently in predictable everyday situations.
it is also an ideal refresher course before enrolling on to a longer Advanced Italian course
If you are unsure carry out our self-assessment test available on www.kentadulteducation.co.uk. 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
Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code CAN/88355/J/NC.
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