Our Italian (Beginners) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

From October 2021 to June 2022 classes will be taught online via Zoom.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June).

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. Please note that If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn term when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend all three consecutive terms.

Nevertheless, you can join the class at the beginning of any term. To ensure that you enrol on the right course if joining us in January or April, please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings.

I liked that the course covered a wide variety of subjects which are useful to use if on holiday or within my work which was really useful. Valeria was really supportive and clear in her teaching and explaining, very approachable and a lovely bubbly personality.

Lara Crowe, Italian (Beginners)

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Topics include:

  • First contacts
  • Greetings
  • Jobs and professions
  • Ordering food and drinks


  • Present tense Parlo (I speak): lavora in in una scuola (s/he works in a school)
  • Definite and indefinite articles: il/la, un, una (the, a)
  • Gender of nouns and adjectives: un caffè, una pizza (a coffee, a pizza)

Topics include:

  • Leisure time
  • Activities and preferences
  • Travelling, hotels and holidays
  • Accommodation


  • Reflexive verbs: Mi chiamo Carlo (I’m called Carlo)
  • Irregular verbs: essere; sono (to be, I am)
  • Pronouns: io, tu, lui/lei/Lei (I, you, he/she/you [formal])
  • Prepositions with articles: Sono a casa (I’m at home), Vado al cinema (I’m going to the cinema)

Topics include:

  • Talking about the past
  • Talking about your work, life and habits


  • Present perfect tense: Ho mangiato (I ate/I have eaten); Davide è andato a Roma (Davide went to Rome)
  • Imperfect tense: Parlavo (I spoke/ I was speaking)
  • Adverbs of time: Di solito ceno verso le 8 (I usually have dinner around 8)

Reading list

Nuovo Espresso: Libro studente + DVD-ROM 1, Luciana Ziglio, Giovanna Rizzo, ISBN: 978-8861823174.

Autumn1 - 3
Winter4 - 6
Spring7 - 10

We do not recommend you buy the course book before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course book or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course book to purchase.


Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings, with eight classes per term.

Class size

Approximately 12 students.


At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.

    Entry requirements

    All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

    TermRequired experience
    AutumnNo prior knowledge is required.
    WinterYou should have a very basic knowledge of Italian. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our Italian (Beginners) course.
    SpringYou should have a good knowledge of Italian. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our Italian (Beginners) course.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    £150 for one term


    £150 for one term

    Current Surrey degree student/staff

    £270 for two terms

    Public (10% discount)

    £255 for two terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

    £382 for three terms

    Public (15% discount)

    £360 for three terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

    Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

    Additional costs

    Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

    How to apply

    Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

    Apply now

    Terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the evening language classes privacy notice


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