Italian Beginners Intensive (A1)

Beginners 1 (no previous knowledge of Italian) is an introduction to the Italian language, which includes basic skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing while also learning about aspects of Italian culture. Suitable for business or travel.


  • Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma edizioni), Units 1-3 (Italian language only)

Unit 1

  • Greeting people, Introducing friends, Place of origin, Address, telephone number, and numbers
  • Present tense: essere, avere, chiamarsi, Indefinite articles, Adjectives of nationality, Preposition: di, Interrogatives adverbs: come, di dove, quale

Unit 2

  • Exchanging personal information, Talking about work, home, age, and numbers
  • Gender of nouns, Definite articles, The negative no / non, Prepositions: a, in, Interrogatives: chi, che, dove, quanti, Verbs: parlare, lavorare, stare, fare

Unit 3

  • Ordering at bar/restaurant, Making a telephone booking
  • Plural of definite articles, Gender plurals, Adverb bene, Adjective buono, Interrogatives: che cosa, quail, quante, Verbs: prendere, volere, preferire, portare

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  2. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  3. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  4. Can demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Italian.

IMPORTANT: Textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.

Abbey’s Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 |

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