Italian Poetry (OL09L08B)

This course will give you an opportunity to hear and enjoy the beautiful sound of Italian poetry. Each poem will be read aloud in Italian by the tutor, Barbara Santini and then translations and explanations will be given in English.

When? Monday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 2nd November 2020 until 23rd November 2020 for 4 weeks.
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £54.00. The concessionary fee is £34.00. 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.

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 adultlearning@acres.org.uk 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

Italian, as we know it today, was meant to enchant, charm and beguile. It's because this language was created by poets - artists who left their mark on the country by shaping its signature sound.

This course will give you an opportunity to hear and enjoy the beautiful sound of Italian poetry. Each poem will be read aloud in Italian by the tutor, Barbara Santini and then translations and explanations will be given in English.

What you already need to know

You do not need to be able to speak or understand Italian as all poems will be translated into English and explanations will be spoken in English.

This course is open to everyone, much like opera is open to anyone who enjoys the sound of the music regardless of whether they understand the language or not.

What you will learn

Each session will cover one period of Italian poetry:

Barbara will read each poem aloud in its original language of Italian and then provide an English translation. You will learn the history of each poem and have the opportunity to study more closely their form, language and themes in order to interpret the meaning and gain an appreciation of each poem at a deeper level.

How you will learn it

This is a real-time online course in which you will learn directly from Barbara as well as through presentations, online resources and group discussion. Take enjoyment from the opportunity to hear poetry spoken aloud in a language that could have been created for this one purpose and also gain a deeper appreciation of each poem's context and meaning

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?

No additional study is required.

What do previous students say?

Feedback from students taking Italian language courses with Barbara

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!
The course was excellent as we covered not only language skills but also knowledge about the country and its customs
Lively and inspiring teaching.

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

Barbara will be offering further Italian language courses at beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels in the New Year. Please see our online brochure and the ACRES website for up to date information on all our upcoming 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 contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.