Welcome to the first Online Diploma in Italian developed by an Irish University. You are going to be part of a groundbreaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners. There are two levels of the Diploma in Italian Online: Beginners for those who have never studied Italian before and Intermediate for those who already possess a post-beginner (A2) knowledge of the language.
You will be introduced to the basics of the Italian language and will develop competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. Unlike many distance learning courses designed for individual and totally independent learning, this diploma course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach and students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their peers and e-tutor. Three on campus sessions per semester are also included.
The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses carefully selected authentic material to provide a gradual introduction to the structures and functions of the language.
In addition, a module on oral and intercultural skills will introduce aspects of Italian life from an intercultural perspective and stimulate discussions about them.
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