Group Online Tuition (8 MAX)
This will be a 10-week Italian course for beginners. Italian is an Indo-European language, evolved directly from Latin but with many other influences. Modern Italian has been shaped through centuries of history, literature and popular culture. That being said, its standardisation was only realised in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is important to acknowledge that this development has encountered resistance by anti-nationalist sentiments owing to the presence of strong regional dialects that are still widely used throughout the Italian peninsula.
Italian is recognised as an official language in 6 European countries. However, following the violence of Italian colonialism as well as the huge flows of emigration, it is today spoken by millions of people all over the world.
This political-historical background, together with an insight into the most important social and cultural issues that are affecting Italy, will be a framework for our grammar and vocabulary learning. The course will cover beginner structures with the objective of developing basic communication and comprehension skills. By the end of the course, the student will have obtained the vocabulary to fulfil simple interactions in Italian for day to day situations as well as the ability needed for basic reading skills. The course will also provide an understanding of basic Italian grammar such as personal pronouns, verbs, nouns, adjectives, questions etc.
The teacher will guarantee to provide well-structured lessons plans, active communication outside the teaching hour and, when necessary, individualised material. An additional objective is to keep the class both egalitarian and functional for everyone. Participation, intervention, comments and feedback from the students are welcomed and expected - as well as hopefully active collaboration between them.
The course will be taught by Margherita, a native Italian tutor who has worked in the field for many years teaching both Italian and English. Her BA in history and MA in politics allow her to enrich her language and grammar teaching with historical and political analysis. She believes the principal motivation for teaching a language is to gift other people the confidence to speak for themselves and access the tools to open new opportunities.
This course is taught in 10 sessions. The Learning Co-op offers an interactive online opportunity through diverse virtual engagement methods. The course starts on Wednesday 20 January and sessions run from 7pm till 8pm.