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CULP: Italian Basic 1


The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

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Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

For absolute beginners (ab initio learners) or for those with very little knowledge of the language.

Topics covered

The Course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • How to say hello, present themselves, to tell their origin, age and ask people relevant questions to get same information.
  • To converse about work/study as well as family and languages spoken.
  • To be able to describe a dwelling, give/ask for address; ask/explain who people live with.
  • To talk about preferences, interests, sport, hobbies, weekend activities.
  • To place orders at the bar, talk about likes, dislikes, ask people what they want to drink; to make a restaurant booking, read the menu, place an order, ask for the bill.
  • To talk about their work/study.
  • To ask for directions, understand indications, traffic signs, call a taxi, explain where to go.
  • Listening/Speaking

Understand some basic instructions or take part in a brief informal conversation on a predictable topic.

  • Reading

Understand a set of basic notices and instructions.

  • Writing

Write a brief informal e-mail on a predictable topic.


At the Basic level the main aims are:

  • To develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
  • To enable the learner to communicate in a range of predictable every-day situations;
  • To introduce students to the cultural background of Italy within the context of language learning.

Presentations, practicals and online learning

System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.

Fifteen taught sessions of two hours plus online learning


Three times per year (subject to demand)

Related courses
CULP: Cambridge University Language Programmes

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