Contract

Italian language course

From the very first group lesson an experienced teacher will help you to build your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning materials as well as online learning tools, such as Google Classroom and social media. Although the content of the course especially focuses on speaking skills, additional work on reading, listening, writing, grammar will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher is a native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Italian. Instructions will only be given in English if it's absolutely necessary.

After completing the fourth module, you’ll be able to communicate well in Italian, whether you are writing, speaking, presenting or debating.

Please note: due to the COVID-19 situation, we will provide this course in an online setting.

 

Italian courses

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360
  • All other participants € 460

The costs are exclusive course materials.

Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginner: Italian A1 
  • Elementary: Italian A2 
  • Intermediate: Italian B1
  • Upper intermediate: Italian B2

Italian A1 (IT-A1)

Italian A1 is for people with no prior knowledge of Italian. An intake is not necessary. Once you have finished this course, you will be able to:

  • greet people and introduce yourself and others;
  • ask for and give personal information;

  • describe yourself and others physically and in personality;

  • describe habits and hobbies, indicate time, day and frequency;

  • speak and enquire about food and quantity;

  • talk about past events;

  • describe cities, identify location of buildings, ask and give touristic information;

  • ask and give opinion and advice about clothing and style;

  • ask for permission and express necessity and obligation.

Course material

  • Al dente 1  Edizione Premium: paper book and one year access code to the digital and interactive book on the Blink Learning Platform 

     ISBN: 9788417710835 or as E-book ISBN 9788417710934

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

NB It is also possible to follow this course as a blended learning course. For more information see IT web-based and interactive.

Certificate A1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Italian A2 (IT-A2)

This course is for people with a basic knowledge of Italian and for people who have completed the level A1. An intake is necessary when you do not have a recent A1 certificate.

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • express emotions, problems, difficulties, agreement, disagreement;
  • describe a house;
  • describe and compare situations, habits and emotions in the past;
  • talk about competences and offer services;
  • make an appointment;
  • speak about human society, use of time, ailments and symptoms ;
  • express taste and preferences about items to buy or sell;

  • ask questions about products and purchase products in a shop

  • tell about a trip;

  • ask and give directions;

  • express hypotheses and opinions about our society.

Course material

  • Al dente 2  Edizione Premium: paper book and one year access code to the digital and interactive book on the Blink Learning Platform 

    ISBN: 9788417710842

      or as E-book ISBN: 9788417710941

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

NB It is also possible to follow this course as a blended learning course. For more information see IT web-based and interactive.

Certificate A2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Italian B1 (IT-B1)

Registering for this course is only possible when you have passed the previous course or had an intake with one of our staff members.

You will learn how to:

  • give presentations about a current topic and lead a discussion;

  • read articles out of a newspaper/internet site and comment on them;

  • discuss topics such as climate, society, politics and culture;

  • describe symptoms, talk and read about health;

  • give advice and instruction

    fix an appointment at the telephone;

  • describe travel experiences and habits, advantages and disadvantages;

  • talk and give own opinion about films and books

    make a proposal for activities;

  • talk about the past and talk about the future:

  • dreams and projects;

  • talk about family, society, work, mobility, new technologies

    express and motivate an opinion.

Course material

  • Alma Editione, paper book + 2 CD’sTop of Form
    ISBN: 9788861825826  or 

    ebook (con audio integrati),
    ISBN: 9788861824652

Date: This is a blended learning course. Please see IT web-based and interactive for more info.

Certificate B1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

Italian B2 (IT-B2)

To participate in this advanced B2 course an intake is required when you do not have a B1 certificate.  This course is for people with a fairly high level of Italian. Meaning you are able to make yourself understood in common everyday situations even though you might not have the all the necessary vocabulary.

In this module you will learn to:

  • give presentations about a current topic and lead a debate;

  • read articles out of a newspaper/internet site and comment on them;

  • discuss topics such as climate, society, politics and culture;

  • describe professional goals and requirements

    express moods, wishes and consent;

  • understand a job advertisement, write a CV, write a letter of application, prepare a job interview;

  • speak about languages and dialects, cultures and education;

  • speak about cities, infrastructures, services, quality of life, (fair) trade;

    discuss  express and speculate on feasible and unrealizable hypotheses;

  • express cause, purpose and effect;

  • express positive or negative opinion;

  • project sustainable tourism for protection of artistic heritage

    read argumentative, narrative and expository texts.

Course material

  • Alma Editione, paper book + 2 CD’sTop of Form
    ISBN: 9788861825826  or 

    ebook (con audio integrati),
    ISBN: 9788861824652

Date: This course is a blended learning course. Please see IT web-based and interactive for more info.

Certificate B2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

 

Registration and intake

You can register for a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? You can email us at laura.capitani[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl  to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre or via Skype.

Book an intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After successfully completing a course, you will receive a certificate. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. One course is worth 3 ECTS credits. Whether these credits are acknowledged depends on your faculty. Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme.