Introduction to Italian CANCELLED (OL12L02A)

Have you always wanted to learn Italian? Our experienced Italian tutor, Barbara Santini will give you the perfect introduction to this beautiful language in this friendly real-time online course covering the essential basics.

When? Friday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm from 25th September 2020 until 4th December 2020 for 10 weeks.

There are no classes on 30th October (Half Term)
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £127.00. The concessionary fee is £63.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

Please see additional cost information below
The use of a dictionary is recommended, to support study in the sessions and at home. To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any textbooks until you are certain that your course will run. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date. Course fees over £127 can be paid in one single payment at enrolment or in instalments by Standing Order. Please contact the office for details.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

This fun and relaxed course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the Italian language. The primary aim will be to build your confidence in speaking Italian and you will learn basic vocabulary which will enable you to introduce yourself, enjoy a restaurant, indulge in a spot of shopping and travel.

What you already need to know

This is a beginners course and you do not need any previous knowledge of Italian to join.

What you will learn

Topics will include :

By the end of the course, you will have had plenty of opportunity to practise speaking some basic Italian and hopefully, you will feel empowered to use your new knowledge of the language if you visit Italy.

On completing this course you may wish to continue developing your Italian language skills which you can do by enrolling on Barbara's Italian beginners' course starting in January for 20 weeks.

How you will learn it

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

Materials and items you will need to do the course

How much extra study or practice is involved?

Practise between the sessions is encouraged but is optional.

What do previous students say?

Recent student feedback from Barbara's Italian courses:
"The course was excellent as we covered not only language skills but also knowledge about the country and its customs"

"Barbara Santini is an excellent tutor. All lessons are thoroughly prepared and challenging. The lessons have taught me more Italian than I could have ever imagined and every single one was very enjoyable thanks to our brilliant teacher!"

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

If you would like to continue learning Italian, Barbara will be offering a 20-week Beginners course in January 2021 on Fridays at the same time of 1 - 3 pm.

Please check our website for up to date information on all upcoming ACRES courses.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively call a member of the team on 01825 761820 or email