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Italian beginners accelerated (LL2B2)



This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of Italian.

This module is the equivalent of Italian 1 + Italian 2 combined.

Due to the 'accelerated' nature of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a high GCSE grade or A2 CEFR level in another European language) is essential.

Students will learn the basics of the Italian language. This will offer an opportunity for students to develop their communicative competence in Italian. For those students intending to travel to Italy or Italian-speaking areas, either for study or on work placements, this fast-paced module can promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad and help you achieve a higher level of proficiency in one year than in non-accelerated modules.

Successful completion of Italian Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Italian Intermediate Accelerated.

Main Objectives:

To understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions; to develop
strategies for language learning; to achieve A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.


The delivery format is blended: there will be 3 contact weekly hours for 21 weeks, organised as:

1 hour online synchronous seminar (small group), and

2 hours face-to-face seminar (small group), with some work to be done independently (asynchronously) before each class.

Weekly independent work will also be set.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle@Warwick (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


Term 1 - one interim test

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test


Laura Mantovani

Course Text-books:

  • New Italian Espresso - Textbook + DVD, Gruppo Italiaidea, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861823549, RRP: £45.72
  • New Italian Espresso - Workbook, Gruppo Italiaidea, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861823570, RRP: £16.99
  • New Italian Grammar in practice - Book, Susanna Nocchi, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861824287, RRP: £21.95

English-Italian Dictionary, Collins/OUP Italian-English (recommended).

Course Description

A general foundation in language, extending across the four main skills areas (speaking, writing, listening and reading), with an emphasis upon the acquisition of an essential grammatical basis and development of both receptive and productive skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

• Apply a basic knowledge of grammar
• Gain insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
• Apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions
• Interact about familiar topics and activities
• Write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the Common European Framework.


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

This module will cover items such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, describing people and places, daily routine, likes and dislikes, making plans and talking about past events.


This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of Italian and essential basic structures, making it possible to function in a range of everyday situations using the present and past tenses.