Practicalities for the USI community

Italian language courses - Bellinzona Campus

BELLINZONA CAMPUS

The free optional online synchronous courses are open to researchers and matriculated professionals from USI's Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and Institute for Oncology Research (IOR) working at the Bellinzona Campus. All other interested persons should inquire about independent Italian language schools, see FAQ.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Reading the Frequently Asked Questions section helps to resolve doubts quickly at any time. To make it easier to find answers, the questions are divided into different topics.

Click on the Frequently Asked Questions button..

 

FAQ

 

REGISTRATION

Select the accordion below to register online.

Expand All

  • Online synchronous Absolute Beginner Course - Level A1.1 - Morning - Bellinzona Campus Autumn Semester

    The Absolute Beginner Course is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of the Italian language. By the end of the course, students will be able to use simple phrases and expressions to deal with various situations in daily life.

     

    Course Details.

    • When: from Monday, September 16 to Monday, December 16 (2024)
    • Time: 1 hour of synchronous class per week on Mondays from 08:30 to 09:15 a.m. + 1 hour of asynchronous class until 10:00 a.m.
    • Where: synchronous online learning through Microsoft Teams. All online courses require a high-speed Internet service provider, a PC with a fast processor, a webcam and a microphone.
    • Teacher: Susanne Stigen Pescia
    • Level: A1.1, European Council Reference Framework

    Course Objectives.

    Understand frequently used expressions related to everyday life.

     

    Course load.

    1 hour synchronous online + 1 hour asynchronous + 2 hours of out-of-class assignments.

     

    Course content.

    First three units of the book: numbers, determinative and indeterminative singular and plural articles, plural of nouns, personal and reflexive pronouns, auxiliaries, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, reflexive verbs, adjective concordance, possessive adjectives and pronouns, interrogatives, prepositions .

     

    Final Test

    Several assessment procedures are conducted throughout the course, including an end-of-term test. This is a two-hour test and includes a short listening and reading comprehension, grammar exercises, a short essay and an oral portion. The test takes place in week 12 or 13 of the current semester.

     

    Handouts

    The grammar folder is available in PDF format in iCorsi3:

    https://www.icorsi.ch/login/index.php

     

    Certificate of attendance

    Regular and active attendance is mandatory once admitted. Students who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.

     

    ECTS Points.

    No ECTS points.

     

    Registration

    The online application automatically enrolls participants. However, a detailed informational email confirming enrollment will be sent a few days before the start of each course.

     

    Click here to register

     

    Please note: the course will be activated only when a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

  • Online synchronous Beginner course - Level A1.2 - Morning - Bellinzona Campus Autumn semester

    General Information

    Candidates must possess the ability to meet the essential communicative requirements of normal everyday situations. The course is intended for students who have a basic knowledge of the Italian language and have already taken an absolute beginner level A1.1 course.

     

    How to assess your level

    Italian language courses are offered in different levels corresponding to those described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

     

    Assess your current level using the grid below:

     

    Placement Test.

    All upper-level courses require knowledge of material covered in other courses. A final decision on admission can therefore be made only after the placement test organized on the first day. The lecturer will direct participants who have chosen the wrong level to the correct one after the first class. The prerequisites of the A1.2 level course are: numbers, determinative and indeterminative singular and plural articles, plural of nouns, personal and reflexive pronouns, auxiliaries, being, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, reflexive verbs, concordance of adjectives, possessive adjectives and pronouns, interrogatives.

     

    Valuta il tuo livello attuale utilizzando la griglia qui sotto:

    English - Self-assessment Grid (PDF)

    Italiano - Griglia di autovalutazione (PDF)

     

    Entrance Tests.

    All upper-level courses require knowledge of the material covered in other courses. A final decision on admission can therefore be made only after the entrance test organized on the first day. The lecturer will direct participants who have chosen the wrong level to the correct one after the first class. The prerequisites of the A1.2 level course are: numbers, determinative and indeterminative singular and plural articles, plural of nouns, personal and reflexive pronouns, auxiliaries, being, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, reflexive verbs, concordance of adjectives, possessive adjectives and pronouns, interrogatives.

     

    Course Details.

    When: Monday, September 16 to Monday, December 16 (2024) Time: 1 hour synchronous class per week on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. + 1 hour asynchronous class until 12:00 p.m. Where: synchronous online learning via Microsoft Teams. All online courses require a high-speed Internet Service Provider, a PC with a fast processor, a webcam and a microphone. Lecturer: Susanne Stigen Pescia Level: A1.2, European Council Reference Framework

     

    Course Objectives.

     

    Address everyday language and describe events using the present and past tense.

     

    Course workload.

    1 hour online synchronous + 1 hour asynchronous + 2 hours of extraclass assignments.

     

    Course content.

    Difference between knowing and knowing, difference between going and coming, introduction to the conditional tense, adverbs of frequency, adverbs of manner, phraseological verbs, simple and articulate prepositions, regular and irregular imperative, introduction to the present perfect, expression "to need," reflexive verbs (review), adverb of place "there," verb "like," partitives, indefinites "none," "little," "some," "a little," "a lot," "too much," adjectives and demonstrative pronouns "this" and "that," irregular nouns, interrogatives (review).

     

    Final test

    Various assessment procedures are conducted throughout the course, including an end-of-term test. This is a two-hour test that includes a short listening and reading comprehension, grammar exercises, a short essay, and a speaking portion. The test takes place in week 12 or 13 of the current semester.

     

    Handouts

    The overall goal of the UAS is to achieve environmental responsibility, so the grammar folder is available in PDF format on iCorsi3:

    https://www.icorsi.ch/login/index.php

     

     

    Certificate of attendance

     

    Regular and active attendance is mandatory once admitted. Students who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.

     

    ECTS points.

    No ECTS points.

     

    Registration

    Online registration automatically enrolls participants. However, a detailed informational email confirming enrollment will be sent a few days before the start of each course.

     

     

     

    Click here to enroll

     

    Please note: the course will be activated only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

     

  • Online synchronous Absolute beginner course - Level A1.1 – Morning – Bellinzona Spring Semester

    The Absolute Beginners Course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language. By the end of the course, students will be able to use simple phrases and expressions to deal with various situations in daily life.

     

    Course Details.

    When: Monday, March 3 to Monday, May 26 (2025) Time: 1 hour synchronous class per week on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. + 1 hour asynchronous class until 12:00 p.m. Where: synchronous online learning via Microsoft Teams. All online courses require a high-speed Internet Service Provider, a PC with a fast processor, a webcam and a microphone. Lecturer: Susanne Stigen Pescia Level: A1.1, European Council Reference Framework

     

    Course Objectives.

    Understand frequently used expressions related to everyday life.

     

    Course workload.

    1 hour online synchronous + 1 hour asynchronous + 2 hours of extraclass assignments.

     

    Course content.

    First three units of the book: numbers, determinative and indeterminative singular and plural articles, plural of nouns, personal and reflexive pronouns, auxiliaries, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, reflexive verbs, adjective concordance, possessive adjectives and pronouns, interrogatives, prepositions.

     

    Final Test.

    Various assessment procedures are conducted throughout the course, including an end-of-term test. This is a two-hour test that includes a short listening and reading comprehension, grammar exercises, a short essay, and a conversation portion. The test takes place in week 12 or 13 of the current semester.

     

    Handouts

    The grammar folder is available in PDF format on iCorsi3:

    https://www.icorsi.ch/login/index.php

     

    Certificate of attendance

    Regular and active attendance is mandatory once admitted. Students who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.

     

    ECTS Points.

    No ECTS points.

     

    Enrollment

    The online application automatically enrolls participants. However, a few days before the start of each course, a detailed informational email will be sent confirming enrollment.

     

    Click here to enroll

     

     

    Please note: the course will be activated only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

     

  • Online synchronous Elementary course – Level A2.1 – Morning – Bellinzona Spring semester

    Course cancelled

    Level: A2.1 or threshold as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course is intended for those who have an elementary knowledge of the Italian language (A1.2) and can therefore understand communication situations, albeit not very complex. The course is taught entirely in Italian.

     

    How to assess one's level

    Italian language courses are offered in different levels corresponding to those described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

    Assess your current level of proficiency using the grid below:

     

    Entrance Test.

    Final admission to the course is subject to passing the test organized on the first day. The test is intended to ascertain possession of the required level and is mandatory. If the level of knowledge of the Italian language is not sufficient, the lecturer will recommend an alternative course.

     

    • Grammar prerequisites: determinative and indeterminative articles, plural of nouns, irregular nouns, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, reflexive verbs, regular and irregular imperative, concordance of adjectives, possessive adjectives and pronouns, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, interrogatives, use of the verb pleasure, partitives, use of simple and articulate prepositions, prepositional locutions, particle ci, regular past perfect, adverbs of frequency, indefinite adjectives "all" and "every."
    • Vocabulary prerequisites: numbers, days of the week, months, seasons, hours, crafts, house and restaurant vocabulary.

     

    Course details.

    • When: Monday, March 3 to Monday, May 26 (2025)
    • Mode: 1 synchronous hour + 1 asynchronous hour per week every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • How: online at Microsoft Teams. All online courses require high-speed internet service, a PC with a fast processor, a webcam and a microphone
    • Reader: Susanne Stigen Pescia
    • Level: A2.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

     

    Course Objectives.

    Understand frequently used phrases and expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g., basic personal and family information, shopping, ordering at a restaurant, studying). Know how to describe in simple terms aspects of one's life and surroundings.

     

    Hours of study.

    The course is spread over 14 weeks. Each week includes two hours of online classes to which at least two hours of individual study must be added.

     

    Course content.

    A variety of grammar topics will be explored including the use of stare + gerund, stare for + infinitive, relative pronouns which and whom, the impersonal yes, the irregular past near past, direct pronouns and indirect pronouns, agreement of the past participle with direct atonal pronouns, introduction to the imperfect.

     

    Exit test

    At the end of each semester, normally during the penultimate class, a two-hour final test is organized which consists of a listening exercise, a written production, a reading comprehension exercise, grammar exercises and an oral test. Passing the test implies the acquisition of the topics studied and the passage, in the following semester, to the next module, the elementary-intermediate course level A2.2.

     

    Grammar file

    The University of Lugano wants to reduce its ecological footprint; study materials are therefore available in PDF format in "iCorsi3," an online platform to support teaching activities:

    https://www.icorsi.ch/login/index.php

     

    Certificate of attendance.

    The course has mandatory and active attendance. A certificate of attendance will be issued provided you attend at least 75% of the scheduled classes and pass the final exam.

     

    ECTS

    No ECTS are assigned.

     

    Enrollment

     

     Click here to enroll

     

    Please note: the course will be activated only with a minimum number of participants.

     

Updated on: 11 April 2024