Learn Italian for Beginners - Part 1 St George & Sutherland Community College

Learn Italian for Beginners - Part 1

Italy, with its 65% of the world’s art treasure and its ancient history at every corner is one of the most visited countries in the world. Its language is the language of romance, opera, and poetry. Whether you are an art lover, a food lover or you just want to exercise the grey cells, Italian is your language. You will be fascinated by the logic and simplicity of this melodic language. Italian is pronounced exactly the way it is written making it easy to speak and spell. Our classes are conducted in a stress free, friendly and fun atmosphere. Audio visual aids, games and role play are used to facilitate the diverse learning methods.

SGSCC Beginners Language courses are Entry Level, meaning no prior knowledge is required. These courses are geared to the potential tourist, business person and those wishing to improve communication with friends or family who have non-English speaking background.

Course Outline:

Part 1

  • Alphabet pronunciation
  • Numbers 0-10
  • Greetings formal and informal
  • Nouns (gender and number)
  • Determinative articles (masculine, feminine, singular, plural)
  • Use of adjectives (gender and number)
  • Verb essere (to be) present indicative.


By the end of Part 1 students should be able to:

  • Introduce themselves.
  • Spell their names with the Italian alphabet.
  • Exchange greetings. Ask how someone is and say how they are.
  • Make basic conversation, their nationality, marital status, phone number...
  • Buy tickets. Order coffee and snacks.
  • Use nouns, articles and adjectives as appropriate.


  • For this beginners class you will need to purchase Italianissimo New Edition 1 ISBN 978-0-563-51906-5 beginners book
  • Bring pen and paper
  • The purchase of an Italian dictionary is recommended

Language Bundle:

  • All language classes/levels are delivered as Part 1 and Part 2 across two terms. To maximise your chance of learning we recommend enrolling into both parts 1 and 2.
  • If you book into Parts 1 and Part 2 you will automatically save $40.
  • When enrolling in Part 1, Part 2 will automatically be selected at the checkout. You can untick Part 2 if you wish.

About the tutor:

Dr. Janine Burns received her Italian Honours degree at the University of Sydney, where she also obtained her PhD from the Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures. Janine is a fluent Italian and Mandarin Chinese speaker and spent several years living in Rome and Beijing.
Being a non-native speaker Janine has a strong appreciation of the challenges that students may have when they first begin learning a new language.

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.