Italian Beginners 1 - Online (A1)

This course is an introduction to Italian for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use with no prior knowledge of Italian required. Students will develop skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing. This course aims to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in beginners Italian and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.


  • Online


  • Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni: 2014), ISBN: 9788861823181

Supplier: Abbey's Language Book Centre Please note that 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.


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.

Unit 1

  • Greeting people
  • Introducing friends
  • Speaking about 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.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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Course testimonials:

  • Great class and awesome teacher! She is very well organized and her classes are very dynamic. I highly recommend them.
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