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.
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.
Course overview and blended learning
Beginners and Intermediate course
- Starts February 8th and runs until 22nd April.
- Two hours per week
- Continue to access online activities for the rest of the year (until December 2016) when you sign up
- 15 hours with your E-Tutor each term
- 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.
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!
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!
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)
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
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.