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Intensive: Beginners 1, CEFR level A1-A2

Mendrisio Campus

Candidates must possess the necessary ability to fulfil the essential communicative requirements of normal everyday situations.

The course is intended for those students who have a basic knowledge of the Italian language and attended an absolute beginner A1 level course already.

The free of charge Intensive A1-A2 level course encourage to get fully involved in the Language for two weeks. The morning class focus on grammar and writing whereas the afternoon class focus on improving listening and speaking skills, expanding vocabulary and developing confidence. By the end of the course students will be able to employ simple sentences and expressions when dealing with various situations in daily life.

Level: A1-A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Where: Università della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio, Ground floor Turconi Building.

When: from Monday September 4 until Friday September 15 (2017).

Schedule: 60 hours during two weeks, 6 hours a day from 09:00 until 15:30, from Monday until Friday.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 – 10:30 Class Class Class Class Class
10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 – 12:30 Class Class Class Class Class
12:30 – 14:00 Break Break Break Break Break
14:00 – 15:30 Class Class Class Class Class

Course objectives: to deal with everyday language and describe events using the present and the future. Unit 4 to 6 are studied.

Course content: differenza tra sapere e conoscere, differenza tra andare e venire, introduzione al condizionale, gli avverbi di frequenza, gli avverbi di modo, i verbi fraseologici, le preposizioni semplici e articolate, l’imperativo regolare e irregolare, il futuro semplice regolare e irregolare, l’espressione aver bisogno di, i verbi riflessivi (ripasso), l’avverbio di luogo ci, il verbo piacere, i partitivi, gli indefiniti nessuno, poco, alcuni, un po’, molto, troppo, gli aggettivi e i pronomi dimostrativi questo e quello, i nomi irregolari, gli interrogativi (ripasso).

Culture: culture is a major and inseparable component of knowing a language, therefore we also organize a guided visit of an exposizion and an Italian film viewing in the USI Auditorio, Lugano Campus.

Prerequisites: numeri, articoli determinativi e indeterminativi singolari e plurali, plurale dei nomi, pronomi personali e riflessivi, ausiliari, esserci, verbi regolari e irregolari al presente, verbi riflessivi, concordanza degli aggettivi, aggettivi e pronomi possessivi, interrogativi.

Entrance test: all higher level courses require knowledge of material covered in other courses. A definitive decision about admission can consequently be taken only after the entrance test organized the first day. The lecturer will address participants who chose the wrong level to the correct one after the first lesson.

Final test: different assessment procedures are conducted during the course, including an end of term test. This is a one hour test, and includes a short listening comprehension and some grammar exercises. The test takes place the last Thursday of the course.

Handbook: the course material is not covered by the University and must be purchased by the student before the start of the course. Title: Marco Mezzadri, “Italiano Plus A1-A2”, Volume 1, Bonacci editore, 2015, ISBN 9788820108816

Certificate of attendance: a regular and active attendance is compulsory after enrolment. All students who attended at least the 75% of the course and took the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.

ECTS points: no ECTS are given except for SEMP (ex Erasmus), Swiss Mobility and International Exchange students who will be awarded 1 ECTS credit point after successful completion of the course.

Semestral course: students and professionals of the Accademia willing to continue studying Italian free of charge after the Intensive course can apply for the Corso elementare 2 extensive course (CEFR A2 level) held throughout the Semester in the Mendrisio Campus.

Online application: http://www.italiancourse.usi.ch/architecture/arc-intensive-subscription/