Destination Italy: Italian for Complete Beginners

285 TUTOR: Alessandra Murgia

Come on board and discover the beauty of the Italian language and aspects of Italy's rich culture. This course is designed for complete beginners and those with some experience of the language. Each day, you will cover a different topic with related vocabulary and simple grammatical structures. Emphasis is put on conversation in Italian and the discovery of aspects of the Italian culture and its cities.

Course Notes

Topics within the two and half hour sessions include Personal information and Greetings; Directions and Travelling (hiring a car, travelling by train, by bus); Booking into a hotel; A day at the market and Eating out (restaurant, small bites and drinks).

From the flea market of Porta Portese in Rome and other important open markets to some of the greatest fashion houses of Milan, the course brings you both lesser known cities (Tiscali, I Sassi di Matera..) and cultural highlights of this fine and varied country (Verona and Costa Smeralda) plus how to converse the Italian way with gestures!

Sessions are fun, relaxed and filled with role-plays that gently introduce you to the language. The cultural topics are supported by an array of visual and musical materials. In addition, the vocabulary of this cultural section is extended by resources to practise with your family!

Course Tutor

Alessandra Murgia

Alessandra Murgia

About Alessandra


Alessandra has a very high reputation across the region as one of ourtop linguists and Italian tutors. Alessandra has been a valued tutor at our Marlborough College Summer School for over 12 years in succession. She enjoys Chartered Linguist status with Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and also worked for the prestigious Oxford University, the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham and she is an examiner for government institutions.


Alessandra founded the Italian Experience Cotswold in 2017 and this company now runs courses in Italian all year round and for participants across the UK. Her courses at the Summer School are frequently sold out and this year -for the first time- the Summer School boasts a week for advanced level students.


Alessandra has taught for 24years in the UK at all levels, from beginners to advanced. She has assisted in the editing of textbooks for Oxford University Press (for the international market) and updates her training and linguistic practice at the highly regarded DILIT International School in Rome.


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Summer School Dates for 2024

All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM