We are going to start our Italian courses very soon at the College of Commerce and I’m happy to tell you that we’re introducing new classes and new activities!
First of all I’m trilled to tell you that, thanks to our ever growing number of students, this year we have a new Italian class: Italian Advanced. Please read below to know more about the content of this and the other classes, so that you can decide which class suits you best (if you’re still not sure, don’t hesitate to get in touch).
We’ll also periodically avail of language classrooms with headsets. This new tool will open the way for better listening skills, it will boost our confidence and it will improve our overall Italian.
We will have Italian for Beginners starting on Wednesday the 30th of September (6.00-8.00). It’s a 10 lesson course. As you know it is very engaging, equally based on conversation and grammar. As most of you already attended this course… I will move on.
Our Continuation Course will start on Tuesday the 29th of September (6.00-8.00). It is an 8 lesson course and every lesson is 2 hours long. We will work on different and important grammatical topics: the past and the adjectives. We will implement them in new conversational tasks such as role playing in real life situations and listening activities. This course is advisable for those who already attended Italian Beginners and for those who are comfortable with the present tense (mangio, bevo, vado, regular verbs and some irregular ones), articles (il, lo, la, gli, etc.), preposition (a Roma, in Italia, in bus, etc.), the time (che ore sono? Sono le 5), numbers and basic conversation (place an order at the restaurant, talk about themselves).
Our Intermediate Course will start on Tuesday the 29th of September (8.00-9.30). It is a 10 lesson course and every lesson is 1.5 hours long. During this term we will do a bit of revision (verbi servili and past) and we will tackle object pronouns (mangi la pasta? Si la mangio) and indirect pronouns (gli parlo, le parlo). Grammar lessons will be partially in English to enhance the clarity of understanding. Students should be comfortable with the present tense and the past tense (passato prossimo). They should have a good understanding of grammatical topics, such as masculine and feminine, articles (il, lo, la, I, gli, ecc.), prepositions and prepositional articles (di, a, da, della, dalla, agli and so on) and adjectives (la macchina e’ grande, il gatto e’ nero). Every second lesson we will have a Fluency class with different topics and some listening (we will sometimes use a language room with headsets) and the whole lesson will be in Italian. Students will be using Italian scripts to ask when they don’t understand (cosa significa ________? Come si dice ________? Non ho capito, puoi ripetere per favore? Come si scrive ________?), therefore the flow won’t be interrupted… we want to think in Italian to be fluent!
Our Advanced Course will start on Wednesday the 30th of September (8.00-9.30). It is a 10 lesson course and every lesson is 1.5 hours long. Questo corso è tutto in italiano. Le lezioni di grammatica si alterneranno a Lezioni di Conversazione. Gli studenti potranno scegliere tra diversi argomenti grammaticali: verbi riflessivi (mi sono lavata le mani), condizionale (andrei in vacanza domani), imperativo (mangia!), espressioni impersonali (si vive bene a Zurigo), congiuntivo (penso che sia una bella giornata..pensavo che tu avessi mangiato la pizza), periodo ipotetico (se vincessi alla lotteria andrei in vacanza), pronomi relativi (l’uomo per cui lavora Marco si chiama Tony), trapassato prossimo (Maria aveva già mangiato quando è andata al cinema) doppia negazione (non ho neanche il tempo di respirare). Grazie a laboratori linguistici attrezzati di cuffie lavoreremo anche sull’ascolto, miglioreremo il nostro orecchio ed impareremo nuovi modi di dire da usare in Italia e durante le nostre lezioni di Conversazione. Siete pronti? Allora ci vediamo mercoledì 30 alle 8 di sera!
It appears that in the last year, Italian became more and more popular among the people of Cork and the number of beginners has increased exponentially (in the school where I teach). So much so that the Beginners course we started at the end of January at the College of Commerce was fully booked with many people left on the waiting list (do not worry, I will contact you soon for the next one!). Are you wondering why? Some of the reasons are obvious, but some are quite a surprise…
I have always asked my students why they want to learn Italian, so that I can make my lessons more appealing to them by leveraging their own motivations and help them to achieve their goals with extra work. I have got a rainbow of answers… one for everyone in the audience.
As you can guess, many people become Italian students because they love Italy; they love the country with its fascinating history, art, food, sea, mountains, countryside, towns, villages, fashion, people and so on and on and on. They want to be able to speak and understand more about the country they love. This is a wonderful reason and it doesn’t put them under pressure. They appreciate their improvement and they can get an immediate benefit during their next holiday which is a great motivation.
You might have heard that things in Italy are not going very well… we say that ‘l’Italia sta andando a rotoli’ (Italy is going down the tube)… therefore the number of Italians who are coming to Cork looking for new opportunities is also increasing. Believe it or not, many people in Cork take up Italian because they have Italian friends and/or Italian partners (boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives) and they want to learn their language and know more about their beautiful country. Therefore, as the number of Italian people has increased, the number of people who want to learn Italian has also risen. Are you surprised? I was!
The number of Spanish students has also increased… Italian and Spanish are very similar. I went to Spain a couple of times and I could get by with my Italian to place orders or to have simple conversations. Therefore, Spanish students have an easier start due to the closeness of the two languages. Things become more complex with the Italian grammar, though. An Italian friend of mine has been studying Spanish for years and she is still fighting against the use of prepositions…
A few students have to learn Italian for work. They usually already have a second language and it is easier for them to learn Italian as they have developed a language awareness. Having said that, any student can definitely achieve good results and put Italian on their cv with a bit of work.
Among my students, I have had singers (teachers and students), men and women with Italian origins, football fans, grammar lovers, people who want to move to Italy and those who have part of their families already living there and want to be able to communicate with their grandchildren… one for everyone in the audience… I told you so!
This is not a scientific treatise, but only a rough estimation I worked out by adding up the answers I have had from my students over a number of years.
Let me know your reasons!
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