Language Center

Tilburg University is an internationally oriented research and education institute. The Language Center assists students, university staff, and non-university students in improving their language proficiency.

Italian for Visitors

It is well known that Italian is an important cultural language. In literature, painting, music, architecture: Italian culture plays a prominent role in many arenas. Great names such as Dante, Monteverdi, Michelangelo and Da Vinci have had a huge stamp on the cultural development of Western civilization. 

Contemporary Italian culture continues to blossom. Authors such as Umberto Eco and Alessandro Baricco and cineasts such as Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini have made Italian literature and film into household names. Many other architects, musicians, designers and artists are an inextricable part of our cultural landscape. Command of Italian provides you the opportunity to enjoy all these great works in their original language.

The Language Center offers the course ‘Italian for Beginners’.

Italian for Beginners

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

This course teaches you the basics of Italian. Each skill is offered, though the course focuses primarily on communicative activities 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?’

After completing the course, you will be able to introduce yourself in Italian, hold a short conversation, and be able to understand and write short texts. You will then have reached level A1.2/A2.1 of the Common European Reference Framework.