Interagire nelle situazioni più comuni della vita quotidiana
Candidates must possess the necessary ability to fulfil the essential communicative requirements of normal everyday situations. The course is in fact intended for those students who have a basic knowledge of the Italian language and attended an absolute beginner A1 level course already.
Self-assessment grid for language skills
The self-assessment grid illustrates the levels of proficiency described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is useful to measure personal knowledge in connection with language acquisition. Assess your current skills level by using the grid below.
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 organised the first day. The lecturer will address participants who chose the wrong level to the correct one after the first lesson. The prerequisites of the A1-A2 level course are: 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.
The free of charge Intensive A1.2 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: A1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Where: Lugano Campus, Università della Svizzera italiana, Via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano.
When: from Monday February 6 until Friday February 17 (2023).
Schedule: 60 hours during two weeks, 6 hours a day from 08:30 until 14:30, from Monday until Friday.
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Course objectives: to deal with everyday language and describe events using the present and the past. 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, l’introduzione al passato prossimo, 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 a guided city tour, a guided visit of a museum and an Italian film viewing in the USI Auditorio are organised.
Final test: different assessment procedures are conducted during the course, including an end of term test. This is a two hours test, and includes a short listening and reading comprehension, grammar exercises, one brief essay and a speaking part. The final test takes place the last Thursday of the course.
Handouts: the general objective of Università della Svizzera italiana is to achieve environmental responsibility, the grammar folder is therefore available in PDF format in iCorsi3: https://www.icorsi.ch/login/index.php. Remember to bring your own laptop to class every day.
Handbook: the book 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 once admitted. Students who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass 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: USI students and professionals willing to continue studying Italian free of charge after the Intensive course can apply for the Corso elementare A2 semester-time course (CEFR A2 level) held throughout the Semester.
Registration: The online application enrolls participants automatically. A detailed informative email confirming the enrolment will however be sent few days before the beginning of each course.