This course is an introduction to the Italian language and culture, with a primarily communicative approach to the language, including the lexical and grammatical foundations that are essential to understand and express it correctly.
Basic Italian I
This course is aligned with the objectives, content and evaluations proposed and recommended by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Basic Italian I covers the content that enables students to reach the A1 level of the CEFR.
- Greeting, introducing oneself by name, identifying one's own nationality, introducing others
- Greeting and responding to a greeting, asking how a person is doing
- Talking about news
- Writing an email
- Asking for and giving information
- Introducing people
- Addressing someone with the courtesy form of "you"
- Describing physical appearance and character
- Talking about one's leisure time
- Making, accepting or rejecting an invitation
- Asking for and giving an address
- Describing a house or a room
- Sending an envelope or a package
- Asking and telling a business or office's opening and closing time, etc.
- Locating objects in space
- Expressing uncertainty and doubt
- Expressing possession of things
- Thanking and responding to thanks
Basic Italian II
This course is aligned with the objectives, content and evaluations proposed and recommended by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Basic Italian II covers half of the content needed to reach level A1 of the CEFR.
- Talking about actions or events in the past
- Situating an occurrence in the past
- Job interview
- Expressing a preference for something
- Asking for and offering, understanding situations in establishments where food or drinks are served
- Distinguishing among events in the past, and expressing oneself in the future tense
- Making plans and projects, preparations, hypotheses
- Talking about the weather
- Organizing an outing
- Understanding celebratory situations and moments, customs, expressions
- Expressing belonging as it relates to things, objects or people
- Family and kinship
- Expressing preference
- Expressing oneself in restaurants, understanding conviviality in recreational settings
- Identifying and distinguishing kinship names
- Following instructions in the classroom. Understanding and/or interpreting common phrases and idioms