Conversation courses are offered throughout the year and are aimed at anyone wishing to strengthen and develop oral expression and interaction. Each spring we offer a session dedicated only to conversation lessons depending on the level. The discussions will focus on topical issues related to the different realities of contemporary Italy. For course descriptions, see the bottom of the page.
The methodology of the collective conversation lessons aims to give great confidence in communication skills, to make students autonomous and also serves to consolidate the abilities of each one. The aim of the courses is to allow students to express themselves using what they have learned in a creative and autonomous way.
Fall session 2023 from September 15th to December 16th
- 2 times per week
- 1 time per week
Monday 2:30pm to 4:30pm – Tuesday 9:45am to 11:45am
Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 or from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 or from 6pm to 8pm Friday 9:30 – 12:30 Saturday 9:30 – 12:30
$ 260/24 hours or $ 175/16 hours * The courses will be open with a minimum of 6 students.
Discounts 10% if registration and payment are made 15 days before the start of the session and 40% for young (under 25) and students. Discounts are not cumulative.
- Conversation cours (24 hours) for Fall session 2023
Fee 260$ Early bird discounts 234$ ”Young -25” and students 156$
- Conversation cours (16 hours) for Spring session 2024
DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSES
Conversation course for beginners 1 and 2 and elementary 1 and 2 (A1 / A2) The course includes reading and conversation activities with the material provided in the classroom which is mainly based on newspaper and magazine articles. With the help of the students we will create games or activities to stimulate and motivate learning and exercises with the use of multimedia tools.
Conversation course Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 (B1) Analyzing newspaper and magazine articles: reading, comprehension, two-person exercises and discussions of the text used. Listening and commenting on news preparation of exercises, dialogues in small groups. Discussions on Italian TV series, Italian films, Italian shows. Creation in the classroom, with the help of students, of games or activities to motivate you to learn the vocabulary. Listening to audio books. Exercises with grammar rules and oral production activities. Creation of everyday situations to converse with students. Small group activities. Use of websites dedicated to learning the Italian language with viewing of cultural videos. Most of the activities will be adapted to the size of the room and the functioning of the internet connection, two elements that could influence both the preparation and the conduct of the activity.
Conversation course Intermediate 3 and Intermediate 4 (B2) This course is designed for the practice of the communication functions learned during Intermediate Level 2. Students develop communication skills that allow interaction with a good degree of confidence and spontaneity in concrete interactions of daily life, in self-interest and in conversations in where it is necessary to express opinions and support ideas. You will use materials such as literary texts, newspaper articles, videos, etc. which will serve as a framework for oral practice.
Advanced Conversation Course 1 (C1) The program includes readings of novels by Carofiglio’s contemporary authors, games to enrich the vocabulary (new versions of Taboo *), videos on Italy. Oral grammar practices can be carried out on request. We will pay particular attention to the use of you / us in expressions: such as eating a pizza, approaching, playing / betting your head and other similar expressions. We will explain the idioms (get by, do it) and their use in the present, present perfect and subjunctive. * Taboo is a game where you have one word and a variety of different definitions that you are not allowed to use (they are taboo). The student must then find other words and make other syntactic constructions to guess the word he is holding.
Advanced Conversation Course 2 (C2) The advanced conversation course 2 provides the oral practice of complex grammatical structures such as the hypothetical sentence, the subjunctive, the concordance of tenses and the use of indirect speech. The use of idiomatic expressions and specific oral language formulas will also be addressed, without forgetting the activities aimed at improving pronunciation and intonation.
Advanced conversation course – improvement (C1 / C2) Advanced conversation course focused, on the one hand, on authentic materials (in particular audio and video) and, on the other, on activities taken from the book Magari !, a manual used in advanced courses 1 and 2. The teacher will pay particular attention to current affairs, culture and society.