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Italian and Greek

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Beginners Course: Italian

In late August, you will receive a brief questionnaire via email about your past Italian language learning experience. Students arrive with different levels of basic Italian, so the aim of the questionnaire is to assess how much grammar and vocab you know and allocate you to the right group.

The first year of the ab initio Italian course will introduce you to the basics of the Italian language (in papers ITA1 and ITA2), as well as to the interdisciplinary study of Italian culture (paper ITA3).

At the end of the first year of study, you will have reached A-level standard in all areas of your language. You will also have read a range of literary texts in Italian and will have studied key events and issues in Italian cultural history from the 14th through the 21st centuries, as well as visual works.

During the Easter break, ab-initio students are invited to attend a specially designed language course at the British Institute of Florence, with whom there is a longstanding link.