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Semestral: Absolute Beginners, CEFR level A1

Evening class, 17:30 – 19:00

The Absolute beginner Course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language. By the end of the course students will be able to employ simple sentences and expressions when dealing with various situations in daily life.

Schedule: 2 consecutive hours without break per week each Wednesday from 17:30 until 19:00

When: From Wednesday, September 20 until Wednesday, December 20 (2017)

Where: room A23, Red Building, USI Lugano, via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano

Teacher: Susanne Stigen Pescia


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

Course objectives: understand frequently used expressions related to everyday life.

Course load: 2 hours of classroom and a minimum of 2 hours of out-of-class student work per week.

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.

Final test: a number of 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 in week 13 of the running semester.

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 points are given, except for SEMP (ex Erasmus), Swiss Mobility and International Exchange students who will be awarded 1 ECTS Credit Points after successful completion of the course.

Online application:

Application form for Italian Classes, Semestral course – Campus Lugano