My name is Rosaria Solarino, but everybody calls me Cettina. I’ve teaching Italian both for native and foreign speakers for a long time (you can see here (link) my main papers) and I realized that the way people learn a second language is not different from the way children learn to speak their mother tongue. My lessons try to mimic this natural process: with IEO you learn Italian by listening to what others in different situations, slowly gathering all the necessary information on how to use the Italian language to make yourself understood.
The lessons are supported by different types of short videos and audio files that can be downloaded and played even without an Internet connection; the opportunity to watch the videos and listen to the audio files over and over again, checking their transcription, helps you to quickly assimilate not only the words that are used most, but also the rhythm, the intonation and basic Italian grammar.
Among the audio files there are some with questions about what you have seen and heard, and others with explanations and vocabulary; the Italian you learn with my lessons is not only the language related to the videos and texts but also the one related to the questions and explanations: it’s just as if you have a teacher available any time you want, whose lessons can be listened to endlessly, any time day or night … Sometimes you won’t understand everything– that is OK. Just keep listening– one week, two weeks. Relax. Enjoy. You will improve.
The user will be asked to do exercises to be sent by email. In these exercises you find the most important grammar and lexicon topics used.
To improve pronunciation and intonation, users are also asked to record phrases, imitating the speaker’s way of speaking. At a more advanced level, they are also asked to produce short oral and written texts using the new structures and new vocabulary. These exercises are corrected individually and returned to the user. If students deem it necessary, in addition to email and to chat online, they can communicate via Skype and get personal clarifications. The set of lessons, starting from the beginner level, enables you to reach the B2 level of knowledge indicated in the Common European Framework for Languages. In order to help students pass the certification exams, students are given the opportunity to practice on tests used in previous years by the institutions that have the power to issue certificates. All of the materials are in Italian: whoever needs a translation in his language can use an online simultaneous translator or a bilingual dictionary.