Italian, Arts and Culture

Image of the word 'ciao' - 'hello' in Italian
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Evening Italian language courses at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Italian and explore Italian arts and culture, with classes from beginner level.

During your 8 week Italian course, you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and reading and written communication.

You will learn Italian through exploring a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to communicate confidently in the Italian language.

The weekly Italian classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm one evening a week.

The course includes a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme, which is built into your language development.

See the course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the Italian course.

Italian course dates and fees

Term Two Part One- New (January - March 2018) 

Term 2 Dates Price Booking and availability
Beginner Part 1

Thursday 1 February 2018

Thursday 8 February 2018

Thursday 15 February 2018

Thursday 22 February 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Thursday 8 March 2018

Thursday 15 March 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018


This course has now started and we are no longer taking bookings for this term.

Please complete our online enqury form for information

about new classes starting in May.





Italian Beginner Part One course details

Italian Beginner Part One

Course overview and objectives

Our Italian evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more. Each level consists of three parts over the course of three terms.

Over the 8 weeks of the Italian Beginner Part One course, you will:

  • get an introduction to not only to the language but also to different aspects of the arts and culture of Italy
  • explore functional language related to Italian cuisine, fashion, architecture and holidays.
  • get an introduction to vocabulary for shopping, accessories and clothes, food and drink, and interiors
  • learn how to describe urban spaces, clothing and architecture
  • learn how to express your likes and dislikes
  • do reading and listening tasks
  • engage in dialogues and practice your writing skills.

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study.

If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Italian Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

Course details

Week no. Session topic Language content Arts and culture content*
1 Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Greetings, introduce yourself
Alphabet, Nationality, Numbers

History of Italian language: a language that is just 100 years old language

2 Cuisine and Culture

Order at the bar and ask for the price

Singular and plural
Pronunciation rules

What and where….

Every region has his own traditional food

3 Art and Politics

The construction of the verb: I like
Talk about your tastes

Italian art is just art - or a political manifesto?
4 Urban Spaces

Describe the urban space
There is and there are
Indeterminate articles

What makes the Italian environment special and characteristic?

What you can find only in Italy?

5 Movement and Time

Describe your holiday
Months and days of the week
Verb conjugation for singular (I, you, he/she)

The mysterious places in Tuscany
6 Modernism

Describe a city
Recap of there is and there are and verbs

The coolest Italian inventions

7 Fashion and Society

Clothes, shops and shopping
Definite articles 

The stylists and their style
9 Design and Architecture

Describe a building
Verb conjugation for plural (we, you, they)

Italian architecture around the world

*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests