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- Ludwig Wittgenstein - 

Italian for Beginners

This course teaches you the basics of Italian. Each skill is offered, though the course focuses primarily on communicative actions such as introducing yourself, going out with friends, asking directions and catching the train.

You will work on your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar through group and individual assignments. An example of an exercise is using a number of pictures to discuss a certain topic and you will learn to make sentences with fixed combinations of words.

Italian culture is also part of the course. Intercultural differences between the Netherlands and Italy are discussed as well as the question ‘What is typically Italian?’

At the end of the course you can

  • Introduce yourself in Itatalian
  • Hold short conversation
  • Understand and write short texts

Italian for Beginners in short

Duration and course format

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

Start End of January and end of August
Course fee
  • Students Tilburg University: 6 Language Vouchers or € 408
  • Staff/Alumni Tilburg University: € 420
  • External participants: € 480

From 0 to A1.2/A2.1 (Common European Reference Framework )

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This course is for everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a diploma at HAVO or VWO level and are therefore eligible for Higher Education in the Netherlands.