Students may expect to practice Italian at a basic level. They learn to understand and use oral and written basic practical expressions for day-to-day simple interactions, and provide personal contact information, express preferences, and ask for information about immediate simple needs. Students feel comfortable in a conversational context where the other speaker speaks slowly and is prepared to cooperate.

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Upon successful completion of this level, students will have familiarized with how: A1.1 (Unit 1, 2, 3, 4) - To greet formally and informally - To tell their name, where they are from, provide their contacts and ask people for their contact information, tell how old they are, and how they feel - To communicate in the context of the class - To start a conversation formally and informally - To introduce people - To say "I am sorry" and "Excuse me" - To thank people - To make a reservation over the phone, and order at the restaurant or at the Italian bar, and to ask for the bill - To talk about their hobbies and free time - To tell what they like and what they do not like - To agree and disagree - To count to 100 - To ask "what time is it?" and answer the question A1.2 (Unit 5, 6, 7) - To tell days, months, dates - To make a reservation at a hotel, and ask details about the room - To file a complaint - To describe a place - To ask for and provide directions - To talk about past activities - To talk about my holidays - To talk about the weather A1.3 (Unit 8, 9, 10) - To go shopping, buy groceries and ask politely what they need - To describe stores - To talk about their work, a typical work day, and their daily routine - To describe and talk about their family


Upon successful completion of this level, students will have familiarized with how: A2.1 (Unit 1, 2, 3) - To describe and purchase clothing - To express doubts and opinions and ask for someone's opinion - To make comparisons - To talk about habits in the past - To argue in favour or against something - To describe people and talk about their character - To make an assumption - To provide advice - To express a wish A2.2 (Unit 4, 5, 6) - To make, accept or refuse a proposal, make a counter-proposal and explain their refusal - To set up an appointment - To express surprise - To ask for the duration and cost of a trip - To talk about their holidays - To learn to interact on social media in Italian - To talk about food, eating habits, and describe food and taste A2.3 (Unit 7, 8, 9, 10) - To talk about talk about their health and health in general - To talk about sports - To describe their home - To fill in a job application - To talk about their job - To confirm a possibility - To persuade someone - To talk about the future


Upon successful completion of this level, students will have familiarized with how: B1.1 (Unit 1, 2, 3) - To make an analogy - To invite someone to join me - To express emotions such as surprise, relief, joy, fear, and I can show understanding - To express my opinions, hopes, desires, preference, agreement or disagreement, and I can make assumptions, using more complex sentences B1.2 (Unit 4, 5, 6) - To express themselves according to different means of communications and registers - To provide an explanation, and make comparisons - To offer help and make themselves available - To point out a mistake - To summarize a plot - To express a qualitative opinion on a text - To point out advantages or disadvantages of a situation B1.3 (7, 8, 9, 10) - To express an opinion and sustain their reasoning behind it - To concede that a different opinion is true - To make ironic statements - To explain the consequences of an action - To retell what someone else said, making all the necessary grammatical changes


Upon successful completion of this level, students will have familiarized with how: B2.1 (Unit 1, 2, 3) - To talk about their school days - To express regret - To relate an historical fact - To describe events in a clear and concise way, and to debate informally B2.2 (Unit 4, 5, 6) - To talk about their own work in details - To interview a candidate about a position - To write a short film review - To review a previously expressed opinion B2.3 (7, 8, 9, 10) - To use opening and closing remarks - To develop their argument in a written text - To describe with significant amount of details a text or an image - To talk about environmental issues - To discuss cultural events


Upon successful completion of this level, students will have familiarized with how: C1.1 (Unit 1, 2, 3) - To communicate with a colloquial register - To place emphasis in relation to the communication context - To object and contradict an idea or someone - To read contemporary Italian prose - To avoid vulgarity - To recognize regional variants of Italian C1.2 (Unit 4, 5, 6) - To describe and narrate with precision an event or series of events - To use a cultivated language to describe positively or negatively a person, a thing or a place - To express what it might have happened in the past, with accuracy - To be aware of incorrect forms that are accepted in colloquial spoken Italian - To use and understand puns - To differentiate homographs, words that are spelt the same but are not necessarily identical in pronunciation C1.3 (7, 8, 9, 10) - To build their own arguments without effort and with minimal search for expressions - To use idiomatic expressions and understand non verbal communication such as gestures - To use and understand neologisms


Course content to be established by the instructor.