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Italian Evening Language Classes (All Levels)

  • 20 hours (2 hours per week)
  • 10 weeks
  • 13 Jan 2020

Overview - Italian (all levels)

These ten-week evening courses are open to everyone and will help you to communicate effectively in Italian.

You'll learn Italian as it's spoken in everyday situations and develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Two-hour classes are held once a week on weekday evenings from 5pm or 7pm, depending on the class/level.

Courses are taught at various levels, from complete beginner to proficiency. You can start at any level (if you meet the entry requirements) and you'll be able to progress to the next level after ten weeks.

These courses are run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

What you'll learn (by level)

Levels 1 & 1+ - Beginners Italian

These courses will help you function at a basic everyday survival level.

You'll be introduced to various language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach some authentic material.

On completing both levels you'll be able to communicate in and understand Italian on a number of practical everyday matters.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 2 & 2+ - Lower Intermediate Italian

These courses will give you the opportunity to revise and develop your existing skills and communicate more confidently in Italian.

You'll expand you vocabulary range and learn new grammar structures.

You'll also develop your language learning skills, including how to approach authentic material, and your cultural awareness.

On completing both levels you'll be able to communicate in and understand Italian on many practical everyday matters relating to various aspects of culture.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 3 & 3+ - Upper Intermediate Italian

These courses will help you to communicate and interact at an intermediate level and further develop your skills and knowledge of Italian language and culture.

You'll further develop the four skills (speaking, understanding, reading and writing) and improve your accuracy in grammar structures and communication.

You'll further develop your cultural awareness, your language learning skills and your ability to approach authentic material.

On completing these two levels, you'll be able to communicate in Italian in most common situations, follow discussion and debates on current issues and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures and range of vocabulary. 

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 4 & 4+ - Advanced Italian

These courses will help those with an advanced knowledge of Italian to become more fluent in the language.

You'll further develop you cultural awareness, language learning skills and ability to approach authentic material.

On completing these two levels you'll be able to converse with native speakers, follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures and a greater range of vocabulary.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 5 & 5+ - Post Advanced Italian

These courses are designed for advanced-level students to develop greater fluency and confidence.

The courses will focus on developing a deeper understanding of Italian culture and society using authentic material (i.e. TV news, newspapers, films). 

You'll improve your command of topic-related vocabulary and ability to vary your style according to the situation. Grammar issues will also be revised through authentic texts.

In order to encourage active and meaningful communication, some topics will be agreed between students and the tutor at the beginning of the course. 

On completing these two levels you'll be able to use your language skills in a wide variety of situations and use all forms of the language in a professional environment. 

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Proficiency - Italian

This course is designed for very advanced-level students who want to improve their fluency.

The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

On completing this course you'll be able to use your language skills in social and professional environments.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Full details of the courses syllabi are available on the CLIE website.

Who these courses are for

CLIE language courses are open to everyone aged 18 years and above. Classes are usually made up of a wide range of ages and professions, with various motivations for learning.

Entry requirements

Unless you're a complete beginner, or re-enrolling, you may need to take an assessment so you can join a class at the most appropriate level.

Assessments involve an informal conversation with a tutor and should take no longer than 15 minutes. See the CLIE website for more information.

  • Levels 1 & 1+ (beginners) - suitable if you have no previous knowledge of Italian
  • Levels 2 & 2+ (lower intermediate) - suitable if you've studied Italian before, for instance up to GCSE level, and have some knowledge of the main present and past tenses
  • Levels 3 & 3+ (upper intermediate) - suitable if you have a good basic knowledge of Italian or have studied it at A level some years ago. You should be able to give instructions and describe events, talk about the future and have a basic knowledge of the conditional and subjunctive
  • Levels 4 & 4+ (advanced) - suitable if you have a good command of Italian and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A level
  • Levels 5 & 5+ (post-advanced) - suitable if you're able to use Italian with a high degree of fluency and accuracy
  • Proficiency - suitable if you're able to use Italian fluently and accurately

Self-Access Centre and online resources

While enrolled on a CLIE evening course, you'll be able to use the Self-Access Centre, where you can access books, films, documentaries, course videos and audio recordings in a wide variety of languages.

You'll also have access to a range of online resources (e.g. lectures, films, TV documentaries) to help you practise your listening and oral comprehension skills at home.

Dates and enrolment period

Classes are held once a week on a weekday evening from 5pm to 7pm or 7pm to 9pm, depending on the class/level. You can see the available days and times for different classes when you enrol.

These courses will next run from:

  • 13 January to 20 March 2020 (winter term) 
  • 27 April to 3 July 2020 (summer term)

Cost and concessions

The standard fees for external students are:

  • one term (10 lessons) - £380
  • two terms (20 lessons) - £685 (10% discount)
  • three terms (30 lessons) - £915 (20% discount)

Discounts are available for UCL and University of London (UoL) staff, students and alumni when booking two or three terms in advance.

Detailed fees information is available on the CLIE website.

CPD accreditation and certificates

This course has been accredited by The CPD Certification Service.

You can request a UCL certificate of attendance on completing at least 70% of the course.

If you're a UCL undergraduate student and complete at least 70% of the course, a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) can be included in your examination transcript.

Further information

For more detailed information about our language classes, visit the CLIE website.

Course team

Our language teachers

Our language teachers

Language teachers at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education are either native speakers, or have native fluency in the languages they teach. They're highly qualified and popular with their students, creating a friendly, stimulating environment for language learning.

Learner reviews

"UCL's evening language courses are a great way to brush up on your language skills. The classes are small and lively, with plenty of opportunities to practise speaking and listening."

"Classes are fast-paced, friendly and fun and I'm thrilled with how much they've helped me to progress."

"You are challenged but always encouraged and never made to feel foolish."

"The customs and cultural aspects of a language are useful and interesting to learn about, and something that is difficult to pick up from self-study, online courses, etc."

"The course is more like a place to have fun without any pressures of exams or assessments. Since it is not the aim to pass certain tests, everyone is free to ask any question, have casual conversations and learn what is really useful for real life!"

"Motivating and encouraging teachers; interactive and engaging lessons; emphasis on communication and on the practical use of language. Language classes at CLIE are excellent!"

Course information last modified: 11 Oct 2019, 11:03