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Italian - Beginners

Course code: LPXT101P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

12:15pm - 2:30pm


30th Apr 2022 - 9th Jul 2022

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Contact details


01235 555 585

The main emphasis will be on your speaking and listening including some relevant cultural information. You will learn the basic way of greeting in a courteous way, also saying farewell. You will also learn how to introduce yourself with information such as your name, nationality and profession.

This course is a continuation from your Italian Beginners A course, or it is the start point if you are a confident but rusty beginner. The emphasis of the course will be on developing your speaking and listening skills with some focus on reading and writing. You will be introduced to some grammatical aspects such as the present tense embedded into the teaching and learning of the topics. The topics studied depend upon the needs and interests of the group as a whole but may include shopping for food and drink, restaurant, telling the time, buying travel tickets, booking holiday accommodation, describing the weather and describing yourself and family. Depending on the topics chosen by the 1group, by the end of the course you will be able to:

1 Buy some food & drink and/or clothes (including quantity and colours)
2 Order a starter, main and dessert in a restaurant
3 Buy tickets for plane/bus/train (specifying date, time and class) and understand basic travel information such as timetables and travel announcements
4 Book holiday accommodation (including dates, type of room and facilities)
5 Describe the weather in simple terms and comprehend the key points of a simple weather forecast
6 Describe yourself and family including number of people, names, ages, professions and physical descriptions

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 26/02/2022, 16/04/2022, 23/04/2022, 04/06/2022.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Italian Improvers
There are no formal entry requirements. This is a course for those who have already studied the language for about 20 hours or have picked up a little on holidays or business trips. Even if you are an absolute beginner you will benefit from this course.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
A text book is used to accompany the course but it is optional to buy this (average cost £20 - £25). You may also like to buy a small dictionary. Your tutor will be able to advise you at the first session.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £90.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £115.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £25.00

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
You will listen to the spoken word, practise speaking, watch video clips, play games, read simple texts and write short texts. Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work using the most up-to-date teaching methods and a wide range of activities and resources adapted to different styles of learning.

This is not an accredited course, so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises during the sessions and will give you feedback to help you to improve.
If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your language class, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week (up to an hour’s work) which could include interactive activities from websites, watching video clips, reading, writing or grammatical activities. When homework is not set, it is still a good idea to spend about that amount of time going over what has been done in class.