When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gabriella Di Folco
  • Course Code W22LUSC01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

If you are a busy person and struggle to fit in a traditional language class around work, join this unique and engaging early morning online course to consolidate your Italian while enjoying your breakfast.

The course takes you on a fascinating journey through Italian history told in a clear and simple way.

You will learn how 'Italians' lived in different eras and you will find the answer to many questions:

  • How many days a year did a Roman citizen work?
  • Why was Federico Barbarossa at war with the Italian population?
  • How did people live in a Renaissance court?
  • Who was Garibaldi, really?
  • How did a Milanese worker spend his salary at the end of the nineteenth century?
  • How much polenta did a Mantuan farmer eat?
  • What role did emigration play on the Italian economy?

You will compare between yesterday and today and discuss topics as...

  • Was clientelism among the Romans very different from the current one?
  • Are there similarities between the Italian university and medieval feudalism?
  • The liberal state for which the patriots fought is it fully realized?
  • Are today immigrants in Italy perceived and treated in a similar way to the Italians who went to look for work abroad?

You will acquire greater understanding of language structures and become more confident in using them at an advanced level.

The course issuitable for students at different language levels, from intermediate to advanced.

What else? Join our friendly and exciting international group with your espresso!

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Read and listen to authentic texts from different sources and media
  • Express your opinion on selected intercultural topics
  • Reflect on specific language structures at an advanced level


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    These are remote lessons via video conference. You will communicate with via Microsoft Teams.

    You will focus on the language with learning activities and materials between lessons.

    You will get clear guidance and ongoing, regular and informal feedback from your tutor, in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above.

    Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications are necessary; an intermediate knowledge of the Italian language is required to be able to follow the course in Italian only.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will do independent reading, research and language activities before every lesson. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required.

    What you need

    You will need a device to access online video sessions and materials (handouts and links to various websites) in Microsoft Teams and a textbook for this course.

    What you can do next

    You will be able to progress to the next course.