Italian Gestures and Italian through Gestures

As Dianne Hales said, “Body language in Italy is the most important part of making your point. Hand gestures are to Italian conversation what punctuation is to writing. Hands become exclamation points, periods, commas, question marks” Gestures are indeed an essential part of the Italian culture and integral to Italian communication in everyday life. We will analyse some of the most common Italian gestures and use their meaning to reinforce vocabulary and structures used in everyday language. This course is suitable for students from Elementary to Intermediate level (A2-B1), approximately 80 hours of Italian required or completed Nuovo Espresso Book 1.


DELIVERY MODE
This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Classes will consist of a minimum of 1.5 hours virtual class time, together with 30 minutes worth of work to be completed independently. You will be able to contact your tutor by email or phone to ask for guidance and feedback on this work. In addition tutors may set additional homework. This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer. Please note that WEA Sydney is unable to provide any technical support for students' personal equipment.


TEXTBOOK

  • Tutor supplied material


COURSE OUTLINE

  • We will explore some of the most common Italian gestures from both a cultural and a linguistic point of view.
  • We will learn meaning and use of some gestures so that they can be understood and integrated in everyday interactions avoiding cultural misunderstandings.
  • We will analyse the gestures linguistically starting from their meaning and providing verbal expressions that can accompany them.
  • At the end we will have some fun and create a short conversation using only the gestures we learned!


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

  1. Have a better understanding of some of the most common Italian gestures and their cultural meaning;
  2. Use some Italian gestures in everyday conversations like native speakers would do;
  3. Reinforce and expand vocabulary;
  4. Revise and consolidate some grammar and language structures.
$79 Limited / $71

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06 Jul

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