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Italian Beginners

Course Overview

Start your Italian language journey with confidence by enrolling in our Beginners course!

The focus will be on language in everyday situations, useful vocabulary and grammar and some cultural immersion. 

The course is enriched with audio-visual resources to consolidate the concepts presented and to discover cultural aspects of Italy. Students start speaking Italian from day one, practicing what they learn through role plays and conversation in class.

If you’re interested in traveling to Italy, sharpening your cognitive skills, improving your memory, increasing your understanding of the Italian culture, or just having fun, begin your journey here!

In a relaxed and fun environment, mistakes are used as a tool to learn. Friendships are built and community is celebrated in a vibrant and joyful space. 

A class for those who have completed at least 1 term (16 hours) of Italian. However, complete beginners are welcome to join as well. New beginner students are encouraged to work through the first two chapters of the Nuovo Espresso 1 textbook during the term. 

Course breakdown

Week 1: verbs volere and preferire, definite articles in the plural.

Week 2: meals and food in Italy, reading the menu in a restaurant.

Week 3: ordering in a restaurant, irregular nouns.

Week 4: booking a table at a restaurant, interrogative pronouns.

Week 5: bene and buono, types of restaurants in Italy.

Week 6: free time and leisure activities, verbs in -ire.

Week 7: adverbs of frequency, the verb piacere

Week 8: indirect object pronouns, time and days of the week. 

Term 2 Dates

Term 2 for Italian Beginners runs from Wednesday 1 May to Wednesday 19 June.

Course outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read a menu in Italian.
  • Order food at a restaurant.
  • Book a table at a restaurant.
  • Chose the right type of restaurant in Italy. 
  • Talk about free time and leisure activities.
  • Express likes and dislikes.
  • Ask and tell the time.
  • Say the days of the week.
Recommended book:
Nuovo Espresso 1 textbook/workbook” ( or

"Studying Italian with Roy is such an inspiring and interesting learning experience. She has excellent knowledge of the language. She is passionate and enthusiastic in her teaching and is excellent at effectively explaining the use of the language. I always look forward to attending her class.”

"I have done a few different Italian classes at various venues - finding Roy is like winning the lottery. She is prepared for every lesson, however if a question comes up, she is able to explain and immediately give examples, such is her flexibility."

She is the warmest, most delightful person, being kind to people who need more of an understanding of the topic. She is admired and highly respected by our class. I cannot recommend her enough.” 

"I have been doing Italian Intermediate at NSCC for two years. It’s a lot of fun, the teacher is excellent, the students in the class are friendly. It’s the best way to learn a new language: fun, friendly, unintimidating."

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About the tutor

Roy Gerente

A passion for Italy and its culture took Roy on a life journey of exploration which started in Greece and led to her Italian citizenship. She studied Italian language and literature and obtained a masteru2019s degree in teaching Italian to foreigners from the University of Venice. She taught Italian to adults and children for several years in group and individual settings. She has attended specialisation courses in Italy and worked in a corporate environment in Rome and Athens. In her class, students are encouraged to participate in a fun and relaxing environment where mistakes are welcomed as friends.

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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park