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Semester-time course, Autumn semester, evening: Absolute Beginners, CEFR level A1

Evening class, 18:30 – 20:00

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.

Course details:

Schedule: 2 consecutive hours without break per week each Monday from 18:30 until 20:00

When: From Monday, September 20 until Monday, December 20 (2021)

Where: Lugano Campus, 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: 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 test takes place in week 12 or 13 of the running semester.

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 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.

Levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

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.

Online application:

Application form for Italian Classes, Semestral course – Campus Lugano