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Learn Italian with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

'Ti amo', meaning 'I love you' in Italian, written on a red wooden heart.
Develop your Italian language and intercultural skills

We offer Italian courses based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Courses

Our language courses aim to develop your linguistic skills and intercultural competence. You can find out more on the general information page.

The following Italian courses are available for students currently studying at the University of Bath:

Courses Availability Courses Availability
Complete Beginner Semester 1 Post Beginner Semester 2
Elementary Part 1 Semester 1 Elementary Part 2 Semester 2
Lower Intermediate Part 1 Semester 1 Lower Intermediate Part 2 Semester 2

Placement test

If you have never learned Italian with us before, please take this placement test so that you know which course is suitable for you.

Please also refer to the course descriptions below.

Course descriptions

Complete Beginner (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR level A1.1

This course is suitable for you if you have never studied Italian before.

Post Beginner (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR level A1.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Complete Beginner course with us, or if you can:

  • use basic structures and basic vocabulary related to greetings, introductions, family, numbers, time, food
  • form simple sentences using present tense verbs, basic questions forms, negations and basic adjectives
  • follow and engage in simple conversations and understand simple texts

Elementary Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR level A2.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Post Beginner course with us, or have grades 4 or 5 in Italian GCSE, or equivalent or if you can: :

  • use basic structures and basic vocabulary related to everyday topics such as travel, weather, work, health and leisure activities
  • use the present tense and the perfect tense
  • engage in longer conversations on familiar topics and express basic opinions
  • understand and write short texts

Elementary Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR level A2.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed Elementary Part 1 with us, or if you can:

  • use a wider range of vocabulary covering a range of topics including work, education, hobbies, transport
  • use the present, the perfect and the imperfect tense
  • engage in longer conversations on familiar topics, express basic opinions and make suggestions

Lower Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)

Working towards CEFR level B1.1

Enrol on this course if you have completed Elementary Part 2 with us, or if you have a Grade 6 or above in Italian GCSE or a similar qualification, or if you:

  • have a substantial vocabulary covering a wide range of topics including everyday situations, work-related scenarios and social interactions
  • can use present, past and future tenses, know how to use the imperative mode, the present conditional and the present subjunctive
  • can engage in longer conversations and express opinions on a range of topics
  • can understand longer texts – understanding main ideas and extracting specific information
  • can write clear, well-structured texts on various subjects

Lower Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2)

Working towards CEFR level B1.2

Enrol on this course if you have completed Lower Intermediate Part 1 with us, or if you:

  • have a substantial vocabulary covering a wide range of topics including everyday situations, work-related scenarios and social interactions
  • can use present, past and future tenses, know how to use the imperative mode, the present conditional and the present subjunctive
  • can engage in longer conversations and express opinions on a range of topics
  • can understand longer texts – understanding main ideas and extracting specific information
  • can write clear, well-structured texts on various subjects

Course dates and times

All courses consist of 10 weekly interactive sessions delivered either on campus in person (IPL = In-person learning) or remotely (LOIL = Live online interactive learning).

Semester 1 courses will run on the following dates and times:

Courses Delivery Day Time Start date End date
Complete Beginner IPL Tuesday 14:15 - 16:05 10 Oct 12 Dec
Complete Beginner IPL Tuesday 18:15 - 20:05 10 Oct 12 Dec
Lower Intermediate Part 1 IPL Wednesday 14:15 - 16:05 11 Oct 13 Dec
Elementary Part 1 IPL Wednesday 18:15 - 20:05 11 Oct 13 Dec
Virtual Exchange LOIL Wednesday 16:15 - 18:05 25 Oct 10 Dec

Enrolment for Semester 1 courses is now closed.

Dates and times for Semester 2 courses will be published in December 2023 and enrolment for Semester 2 will open in January 2024.

Student experience

"Learning Italian this year has been a truly enriching experience! It has been an exciting journey where I discovered the beauty of the Italian language and the vibrant Italian culture. The interactive lessons were engaging and enjoyable, making each class a great experience. I highly recommend this Italian course to anyone seeking to learn a new language. Grazie mille!" (Nadine Mansour, BSc Psychology)

In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning, Virtual Exchange and the Language Café.

Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by Italian associations in the UK such as the Istituto italiano di cultura in London and British Italian Society with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of Italian language and culture.

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.