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Intensive: Absolute Beginners, CEFR level A1

The free of charge Intensive absolute beginner Course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language. The 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 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Where: Lugano Campus, Università della Svizzera italiana, Via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano.

When: from Wednesday August 29 until Saturday September 8 (2018).

Schedule: 60 hours during two weeks, 6 hours a day from 08:30 until 15:00.

Week 1: from Wednesday August 29 until Saturday September 1.

Week 2: from Monday September 3 until Saturday September 8.

Morning schedule: class from 08:30 until 10:00, coffee break from 10:00 until 10:30, class from 10:30 until 12:00.

Lunch break: from 12:00 until 13:30.

Afternoon class schedule: from 13:30 until 15:00 without break.

Course objectives:

  • basic oral communication in everyday university life (first three units of the book);
  • get to learn the social and cultural environment of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland;
  • the communication language will be English in the first part of the course and it will be changed gradually to Italian afterwards.

Course content, first three units of the book: numeri, articoli determinativi e indeterminativi singolari e plurali, plurale dei nomi, pronomi personali e riflessivi, ausiliari, verbi regolari e irregolari al presente, verbi riflessivi, concordanza degli aggettivi, aggettivi e pronomi possessivi, interrogativi, preposizioni.

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

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. All students who attend at least the 75% of the course and took the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.

ECTS points: no ECTS points are given, except for SEMP (ex Erasmus), Swiss Mobility and International Exchange students who will be awarded 2 ECTS Credit Points after successful completion of the course.

Semestral course: USI students and professionals willing to continue studying Italian free of charge after the Intensive Preparative course can apply for the Beginners 1 extensive course (CEFR A1-A2 level) held throughout the Semester.

Online application: http://www.italiancourse.usi.ch/communication-economics-informatics/application-form-for-italian-classes-intensive-course-campus-lugano/