Adult Beginning I is designed for students with zero to a low level knowledge of Italian. This introductory 15-week course aims to develop basic communicative skills in order to be able to use and respond to everyday expressions in simple conversations. Students will learn about greetings, introductions, ordering food and drinks, talking about free time and leisure activities… and much more! In grammar topics covered include gender of nouns, subject pronouns, the tu/Lei distinction, key questions and prepositions while covering the present tense of regular verbs and several irregular verbs such as essere, avere and chiamarsi.
Adult Beginning II is designed for students who have an established low level beginning knowledge of Italian. The course begins with a review of the main points that were taught in Beginning I. Throughout this 15-week course, students learn new vocabulary regarding places, vacation, travel and their various aspects. Students’ will deepen their familiarity with the present tense to include the verbs piacere, potere, venire, andare, dovere and sapere. Students will also cover adverbs, prepositions, and will be introduced to the past tense (passato prossimo). At the end of the course, students should be able to confidently speak about their interests, tastes, and preferences, ask the time, reserve a hotel room and describe people and places town.
Textbook: NEW Italian Espresso 1 which will be available for purchase on the first day of classes.