Italian

La Dante Italian Online

La Dante Italian Online

Who is this course for?
The Italian Online programme is open to everybody. It is particularly suited to anyone who needs flexibility in how and when they study, or who lives outside Cambridge.

Why choose this blended learning course?

The course is designed to give you enhanced language skills, whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. By the end of the course, you will have improved your written and oral communication, and received a recognised Dante Alighieri Society certificate in the Italian language. Unlike many distance learning programmes designed for individual and totally independent learning, the Italian Online course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach where students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their E-Tutor.

Give us a call to find out how we can help you! 07887 606227 or just email us.

Why should you study Online at La Dante?

Course overview and blended learning

Beginners and Intermediate course

  1. Starts February 8th and runs until 22nd April.
  2. Two hours per week
  3. Continue to access online activities for the rest of the year (until December 2016) when you sign up
  4. 15 hours with your E-Tutor each term
  5. 11 hours of your own study time required each term

Italian Online is a ground-breaking experience which employs the latest skills in e-learning. It will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners.

We use the i-d-e-e.it platform which is easy and intuitive to use.

Four levels for Italian Online:

using Nuovo Progetto Italiano(published by Edilingua)

Beginners for those who are starting to learn Italian for the first time
Improvers for those who have already studied for at least three months
Intermediate for those who already have studied for about a year and a half or have B1+ level. (add * for further information on different levels)

All courses concentrate on the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and use carefully selected, authentic material to introduce or consolidate the structures and functions of the language. Tutors will also introduce Italian culture, authentic videos, and listening material to stimulate discussions.

We use an online platform called i-d-e-e.it which is very simple and intuitive to use, as well as Skype.

Beginners course, A1

At the end of the course, you will be confident to order a cappuccino and choose a pizza in the best Italian bars and restaurants. You will be able to talk about your free time and your busy life. You will understand advertisements, short texts and basic conversations. And with your Italian pronunciation skills, you will be ready to get in touch with Italians!

Beginners programme page.

Improvers Italian, A2

This course will give you confidence to talk about your daily life, describe people you know and well-known personalities. You will learn how to give advice (using the imperative) and express wishes (using the conditional) on a range of topics. You will be a master in arranging your timetable in Italy and you will be able to invite your Italian friends out for a day trip or for dinner, and talk for hours about your experiences (using past tenses) and your future plans (the future tense and conditional). You will be ready to go on a journey across Italy using Italian to ask for information or write your travel journal.

Improvers programme page

Intermediate course, B1

You will be confident talking about past events (using all the past tenses), future predictions and dreams (conditional clauses), and you will be able to have more wide-ranging conversations. You will learn how to use reported speech, the subjunctive in all its nuances, and other less common grammatical structures. You will learn more about Italian society and business, and feel more confident using Italian when travelling or for work. You will also start writing interesting articles and entertaining short stories. And once you pick up some more idiomatic expressions, you will finally feel Italian!

Intermediate programme page

Conversation for intermediate B1-B2 and advanced level C1

This is your chance to become fluent in Italian! Join our inspiring conversation sessions and achieve a higher level in Italian while sharing your opinions and views about Italian cinema, books, traditions, politics and major events in Italy. You will pick up good grammar usage and learn many idiomatic expressions and phrases while working on authentic videos and articles in a wide range of topics. All of which means that when you next head to Italy, you will definitely feel at home.

Advanced programme page

Italian e-learning community – join our blog (to be initiated)

Italian Online where you can sample some course materials and experience what it is like to learn in an online environment: (one created on www.i-d-e-e.it for La Dante Online Portal)

Entry requirements

Ideal for all students and ages with an interest in learning online. Students under the age of 16 need parental permission.

Duration: 1 year

Next start date: 8th February 2016 – 15 December 2016 (with term breaks)

Mode of study: Online blended learning programme

Awards: La Dante Online Learning Certificate

Applications

Application Open Date: January 4th, 2016
2016 Fees and Application Form

Introducing our Italian Online programme: January 11th 2016
An introductory Skype session at the beginning of the course will explain in simple terms how to use the applications, and will take you through all the steps necessary to become familiar with our intuitive tools.

Workload
The workload is 15 hours with the teacher and 11 hours of your own study time, which amounts to approximately 2 hours per week. Once you sign up you’ll enjoy a FREE 70 hour multimedia package from i-d-e-e.it. Basic computer skills are sufficient: ability to download and upload files, navigate websites, use emails and Skype-style applications.

Meet our Italian teachers

The teachers and E-Ttutor (including native speakers) will guide you through this interactive and participative programme, which is focused on collaborative learning and designed to give you confidence and encouragement all the way through the course. Lecture packages will be delivered weekly online and will include comprehension tasks, individual and group work, conversation and intercultural topics.

Find out more about our Online Italian courses and get the first lesson for FREE

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