James is a determined and hard-working student who has made encouraging progress throughout this term. He has maintained an excellent attitude to his studies and not let his ineptitude with languages deter him from his task. He has an underlying worry about ‘how-the-hell’ (student’s words not the teacher’s) he is going to master Italian but takes comfort from the fact that even professional footballers can learn another language despite 99.99% of them being complete idiots. He has now completed his first textbook Buongiorno Italia! James has demonstrated a good ability to read and write Italian and is building his vocabulary. His listening skills are progressing but at a much slower rate. His speaking skills are poor and are an area of concern. He needs encouraging to find a method of developing this aspect of Italian.
He has taught himself the following but needs to review and revise thoroughly as he is already forgetting:
- asking where things are
- basic introductions
- asking for things
- asking the price
- saying you like something
- asking when something leaves or arrives, how long it will take
- directions, asking how to get somewhere
- asking for a room
- ordering food
- looking for clothes and trying them on
- talking about how things are done
- talking about the past, where you have been
Overall a good start.