Methods and levels
Fundamental to the course is the basic premise that the learner is central to the learning/teaching process and that understanding the needs, motivations, characteristics and resources of adult learners is of paramount importance.
Most teachers have a flexible attitude to the course content and try to respond to the needs and interests of the class. Classes will be a mix of discussions and practical exercises. Students are also expected to submit a small number of home assignments which may be coordinated with the teachers.
Lessons include active learning methods, such as problem-solving exercises as well as individual and group activities. These give students the opportunity to develop transferable skills that shall help them succeed in a variety of fields.
All the teaching takes into account the particular needs and circumstances of mature students, and the work and life experience which they bring to their studies.
Lessons are generally oriented towards teaching particular notions, language functions or skills and are productive or receptive in either the spoken or written medium.
Course contents and levels
The aim is to develop a wide awareness of the language and communication needs for the social, educational, vocational and recreational purposes of speakers of Italian.
Through its well-developed language program the course will enable students to achieve standard Italian language skills, at the same time promoting allied skills such as delivering written and oral presentation. The courses provide the linguistic skills needed for efficient negotiation.
Courses are held in three levels: Certificate-I, Certificate-II, Certificate-III. The duration of each session is four months and classes are held Monday to Thursday. Apart from regular courses, week-end courses are also held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Levels A1 and A2 – Elementary course
The course covers vocabulary more frequent in actual usage and takes into account functions like making an introduction, basic greetings, leave-taking expressions, expressing likes and dislikes, respond to invitations and apologies, agreeing and disagreeing, giving personal views and opinions, asking people for things, understanding questions and instructions, following short, simple directions, asking for and giving directions, giving brief reasons and explanations, asking and providing personal information, talking about free time, asking and responding to queries about habits and routines, etc.
Topics deal with personal objects, daily actions, human body, food, places, means of transport, money, hobbies, clothes, holiday, health, etc.
Levels B1 and B2 - Intermediate course
The course covers functions like giving brief comments on the views of others, comparing alternatives, discussing what to do, where to go, ordering a meal, giving and receiving information about quantities, numbers, prices, asking and answering questions about the past, etc.
Topics deal with social events, entertainment, shops, hotel, university, clothing, etc.
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