Instruction levels at the Dante Italian Language School in Vancouver are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Beginner 1 & 2
Students gain the understanding and speaking skills necessary for everyday social situations while learning basic Italian grammar and pronunciation. They will be able to respond to simple questions about family, likes/dislikes, and pastimes, order a meal in a restaurant, express their needs in a store, make a hotel reservation, and communicate simple ideas both orally and in writing.
Intermediate 1 & 2
Students develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, improve pronunciation and learn idioms.
At the end of the course, they will be able to speak Italian with some confidence, take part in routine conversations in everyday social and travel contexts, and understand a wider range of grammar and vocabulary.
Advanced 1 & 2
Students take part in extended conversations, write simple essays and understand most of a newspaper article or a lecture. By the end of this level, they will be able to communicate effectively in Italian.
Conversation 1, 2, & 3
These courses are designed for those who want to develop and reinforce their conversational skills. Instructors will suggest a variety of activities in which participants review the vocabulary and the grammar they have previously studied and apply their learning to new situations and contexts through literature, cinema and websites of interest.
Conversation 1 suits best learners who are at a beginner level of knowledge of the language (after levels Beginner 1 & 2),
while in Conversation 2 participants practice vocabulary and structures of intermediate levels (after Intermediate 1 & 2).
Conversation 3 is recommended following the two Advanced 1 & 2 levels, where students are encouraged to promote independent exploration of Italian language and culture.
This course focuses mainly on conversation at a very advanced level. It deals with the multiple aspects of the Italian culture such as current events, history, art, literature, cinema, travel, food, traditions, music, and iconic personalities. A wide variety of resources is employed for class discussion: book excerpts and articles from major national newspapers, films, videos, TV series, songs and radio broadcastings. Emphasis is also given to different linguistic registers (colloquial, formal, literary, journalistic). A review of the advanced grammar (especially upon students request and needs) is also part of the course curriculum.
The course is designed mainly for professionals in commercial and economic fields doing business with the Italian market. Emphasis will be given to the teaching of a specialized vocabulary and the development of oral and written skills for business communication. The course will handle topics such as business terminology, common etiquette of the most common business situations, business letter formats, commercial invoice analysis, and trade catalogues requirements.
Italian for Travellers
This course is open to all levels and it does not assume any prior knowledge of Italian grammar for attendance.
The program focuses on different areas of the tourism sector and it consists of two parts: the first part aims at providing students with the basic vocabulary and expressions that are most often used while travelling through Italy.
The second part of the course introduces students to a geographic overview of the country and to the most important tourist attractions (museums, palaces, churches, monuments, exhibitions and archaeological sites), accompanied by a description of the public transport system.
The lessons will include case studies from daily situations – e.g. restaurant, hotel, street directions, shopping – from which students can gain an extensive understanding of the Italian culture.
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