FSI - Italian FAST Course - Volume 1
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AudiosItalian FAST - Volume 1 - Lesson 01
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The FSI Italian Familiarization and Short-term Training Course (FAST) consists of two volumes and thirty lessons that have been prepared with accompanying audio recordings. Designed for use with an Italian instructor, the course has as its main objective to enable students to develop language skills considered basic and useful in Italy. Instead of a structured, grammatically-sequenced set of lessons, the course stresses communication in everyday practical situations of a social, logistical and workplace nature.
Students are urged to use whatever language they have at their disposal without being unduly preoccupied with grammatical accuracy. They should make this effort even in situations in which they are exposed to practical language considerably above their level. They should remember that they must learn to cope with such language but not reproduce it.
The following steps are set out one by one for the sake of clarity. The order given is the recommended sequence for having students obtain the language skills and confidence they need to deal with in a given situation. In class, of course, things do not always go so smoothly--nor should they. The instructor is responsible for assessing student progress and attitudes throughout the lesson, and for making sensible adjustments whenever necessary.
You can find the other volume of the FSI Italian FAST course here: FSI - Italian FAST Course - Volume 2
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