Italian for Beginners
BEGINNERS' ITALIAN GROUP
Since its inception in November 2014 the Beginners' Italian Group has held a total of 6 sessions, and has gone from strength to strength. We now have a very strong and committed group of 10 - 12 members, with one or 2 'virtual members' who are unable to attend but would like to follow the course anyway. The group meets on a 2-weekly basis on Tuesday from 11.00 am - 12.30 pm at the Cleveleys Library (on the corner of West Drive and Rossall Road). The next session will be held on Tuesday 17 February with the next few further sessions to come on 3, 10 and 24 March 2015. The teaching is primarily aimed at those people who wish to visit Italy on holiday and speak the language there, or also for those who just wish to learn the language here. The first part of the session covers the theory and concepts of that work being covered (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and an audio section where members can practice listening and speaking skills from material learnt in the first part. The second part of each session is a typical, exemplar role-play conversation between members of the group, where again, listening and speaking skills can be practiced. Members are encouraged to enter wholeheartedly into the learning, to bring examples of the Italian language to the sessions and not to be afraid of making mistakes. The group uses a wide range of interactive learning media, including the internet, and members are encouraged to continue the learning in their own time by pursuing this media and searching out other useful sources for themselves. This is also a self-help group where members are encouraged to take part in the design and delivery of the lessons. So far, we have covered the following topics: general introduction to the Italian language and pronunciation; greetings and talking to people; food and drink and Christmas/New Year; the 12-month calendar and main events of the year in Italy; tourism, holidays and travel; specific, essential verbs; and reading, translation and pronunciation practice. The next few sessions will take the tourism, holidays and travel themes even further. The group is open to more new members, but we are progressive and now quite well advanced, so potential new members will need to bring with them an existing basic understanding of the language in order to 'hit the ground running.'
For further information on the groups or to start a new group please use the Contact page 'Information on Interest Groups'