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Semester-time course, Autumn semester, afternoon: Beginners 1, CEFR level A1.2

Afternoon class, Tuesdays 16:30 – 18:00

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 A1.1 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.

icon_pdfGriglia per l’autovalutazione (Portfolio europeo delle lingue)

icon_pdfSelf-assessment Grid (European Language Portfolio)

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 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 A1.2 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.

Course details

Level: A1.2, European Council reference frame

Schedule: 2 consecutive hours without break per week on Tuesdays from 16:30 until 18:00

When: from Tuesday September 19 until Tuesday December 19 (2023)

Where: USI Campus Lugano, via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano

Teacher: Susanne Stigen Pescia

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

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

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

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