Fun and Relaxed Italian Classes at U3A in London

Are you retired or have some free time in the day?

Then you’ll be delighted to discover our fun, relaxed selection of Italian classes based in old Hampstead Town Hall or if you prefer online on Zoom.

We have classes on offer Monday to Friday during term time run by our members

Our U3A offers …

  • A variety of Italian classes to choose from, depending on your proficiency of the language.
  • Over hundred classes a week in a vast range of subjects
  • Only £75 a year to attend as many classes a week as you wish
  • No qualifications needed to join
  • The chance to study for the pleasure of learning, and teach for the love of teaching
  • Many classes run by experienced ex-teachers or experts in their field
  • An opportunity to make new friends with our 1000+ members
  • Three minutes walk from Belsize Park Tube, nine minutes from Hampstead Heath overground
  • A cafeteria on site
  • Monday Talks by experts
  • Easter Conference and Summer School
  • Re-opening 21st September 2021
  • Covid-19 protocols in place
  • Some classes will still be offered on Zoom

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Some of the Italian classes we offer…

Italian Reading Group

Leggiamo esempi della letteratura italiana moderna. Durante gli ultimi 12-18 mesi abbiamo letto Calvino, Se una notte d’ inverno un viaggiatore (1979), Pazzi, Conclave (2001), e Levi (Primo), Se questo è un uomo (1947). A settembre, cominceremo Maraini, Donna in guerra (1975). Di solito si preparano in anticipo fra dieci e venti pagine che discutiamo nella classe. Poi, se rimane un po’ di tempo, leggiamo qualche pagina ad alta voce. Come sfondo, si spiegano inoltre aspetti della grammatica, storia, cultura, e società italiane. La scelta dei libri viene fatta dalla classe. Altri libri che abbiamo letto sono opere di Bassani, Deledda, Grossi, Levi (Carlo), Pavese, Sciascia, e Tabucchi.

Italian Reading and Conversation

Conversation and discussion in Italian are the main objects of this lesson. Subjects are taken from Italian newspapers and books. Grammar will still be part of the lesson.

Italian Advanced

The course is for those who can already speak Italian and hold a conversation. We will be reading Italian literature and using the book Upgrade your Italian by Clelia Boscolo.

Italian Conversation

To stimulate your curiosity about Italian language and traditions and encourage a greater knowledge and understanding. The class is intended as a meeting place where everyone is involved in a friendly conversation and exchange of ideas, on a wide range of subjects, from personal impressions and opinions, to art, music, literature and other matters proposed by the participants based on their experiences and preferences.

Italian Third Year

This class is a continuation class for those who started Italian two years ago. The book we will be using is Living Italian by Maria Valgimigli.

Italian Improvers

To improve your knowledge of the Italian language. The lessons are divided into two parts: the first is dedicated to the refreshment and learning of grammar rules and the second to the application of those rules by speaking, reading and playing games. This is an amusing way to remember and use new words.

Italian Beginners Step Two

The class is responding to the needs of those who have already laid foundations for the knowledge of Italian and now want to study the grammar in depth with reading and conversation. The book used is: Living Italian by Maria Valgimigli.

Italian Absolute Beginners

We start from the alphabet – an adventure to discover the structure of Italian, acquiring step by step the means to write and speak in a language unknown until now. The book used is: Living Italian by Maria Valgimigli.