Italian Language and Culture for foreigners (level A1)

Additional Info

  • ECTS credits: 3
  • Semester: 1
  • University: University of L'Aquila
  • Prerequisites:


  • Objectives:


    The aim of this course is to provide the student with knowledge of fundamental grammatical structures, vocabulary and comunicative structures of the Italian language. Notions of Italian culture will be given during the course.
    On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    - recognise familiar words and simple expressions about himself, his family and his background;
    - understand simple names and words, such as ads, catalogues, billboards;
    - easily interact with an interlocutor, ask questions and give answers on familiar topics or immediate needs;
    - describe the place where he lives and people he knows;
    - write a short and simple text; fill forms with personal information (name, nationality, address, etc.)

  • Topics:


    The aim of the course is to develop the following skills:
    - AURAL COMPREHENSION: to understand a short speech, with long breaks and a slow pronunciation;
    - WRITTEN COMPREHENSION: to understand simple and short texts, understanding names, well-known words and expressions;
    - ORAL EXPRESSION: to say easy and isolated phrases about people and places;
    - WRITTEN EXPRESSION: to write easy and isolated phrases;
    - ORAL INTERACTION: to interact in an easy way and slowly. Answer and ask easy questions, expressing immediate needs;
    - WRITTEN INTERACTION: to ask and give personal informations.

    During the course the following social-communicative actions will be analyzed and developed:
    1. introduce himself;
    2. ask and give personal informations;
    3. greet and answer to greetings;
    4. begin, maintain and finish a conversation;
    5. give thanks and answer to thanks;
    6. accept or refuse a invitation - invite someone;
    7. search, ask and give information in everyday situations;
    8. express desires;
    9. introduce someone;
    10. describe people, objects and places;
    11. put events in a timeline;
    12. ask and give a permission to do something;
    13. give and understand easy instructions;
    14. seek clarification and give an explanation.

    The following grammar skills will be analyzed and developed:
    -Articoli determinativi e indeterminativi;
    -Aggettivi qualificativi di alta frequenza;
    -Aggettivi e pronomi possessivi e dimostrativi;
    -Pronomi personali soggetto;
    -Pronomi personali complemento in espressioni fisse;
    -Verbi di altissima frequenza;
    -Verbi servili;
    -Indicativo presente;
    -Passato prossimo (solo ricezione);
    -Condizionale in formule fisse di frequenza;
    -Congiunzioni (e additivo);
    -Principali preposizioni semplici in espressioni fisse (a casa; con le mani; di mio fratello);
    -Locuzioni avverbiali di alta frequenza (causa, tempo, luogo);

    The following semantic fields will be analyzed:
    - Family
    - House
    - Furniture
    - Food and drinks
    - Nationalities
    - Job
    - Free time
    - Offices, shops, city

  • Books:


    The following textbook will be used during the course:
    "Nuovo Espresso 1", Alma Edizioni, Firenze 2014, lessons 1-6.
    Further learning material will be provided during the lessons.

  • More information:


    For further study and exercises:

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