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Pronti, via! 1 Student Book

By | Copyright Year:2000 | ISBN-13: 9780170101202

Pronti, via! is a three-stage course which aims to give learners of varying levels a thorough grounding in the Italian language and an awareness of Italian culture both in Australia and in Italy.

Pronti, via! provides, within each unit, separate texts and associated tasks at clearly differentiated difficulty levels.

Each unit has a theme, but contains both beginner level and more advanced level work, the two sections being separated by a third, which addresses cultural input.

The main characters of Pronti, via! are young teenagers, members of a family network that spans three cities - Salerno, Sydney and Melbourne. This provides a natural context for the transmission of cultural knowledge.

This full-colour Student Book features lively presentation of key language through a variety of text-types; plenty of guided oral activities, a variety of reading texts, grammar sections, cultural material, and more.


- Unit 1 Ciao!
(Greeting, Asking someone else''s name and replying,
Introducing yourself and others, Talking about your age)

- Unit 2 Nuovi amici
(Identifying someone, Talking about others)

- Unit 3 In gelateria
(Suggesting what to do, Ordering something to eat or drink, Saying thanks)

- Unit 4 A scuola
(Asking what day it is, Talking about school)

- Unit 5 Che ora è?
(Telling the time, Talking about meals)

- Unit 6 Che cosa fai ogni giorno?
(Talking about daily routines, Talking about your family)

- Unit 7 In partenza
(Talking about where things are, Expressing possession,
Describing clothes using colours)

- Unit 8 Saluti da Melbourne
(Talking about things to do and see in a city, Asking permission,
Asking how someone is and replying)

- Unit 9 Intervallo
(Revision of Units 1-8)

- Unit 10 Alta o bassa? Magro o robusto?
(Describing people, Talking about personalities)

- Unit 11 In giro per i negozi
(Expressing likes and dislikes, Discussing what to buy)

- Unit 12 Buon compleanno!
(Saying the date, Talking about birthdays)

- Unit 13 Una telefonata
(Using telephone expressions, Arranging to meet, Expressing feelings)

- Unit 14 Siamo tutti sportivi
(Talking about sport, Talking about what you like doing)

- Unit 15 Dove ci aspetti?
(Asking and giving directions, Giving instructions, Making inquiries)

- Unit 16 Per noi giovani la musica è tutto
(Talking about leisure activities, Agreeing and disagreeing)

- Unit 17 Arrivano le vacanze
(Expressing wishes, Making plans for the holidays)

- Unit 18 Arrivederci!
(Revision of Units 10-17)

Vocabolario inglese-italiano
Riflettiamo insieme
Espressioni utili
Vocabolario italiano-inglese


Marisa Minelle Katis is an expert and influential language educator, Besides co-authoring the Italian series Pronti Via!, she has also written numerous language teaching books for children, including textbooks that teach Italian to junior students via songs and music.

Dr Antonia Rubino is currently an associate Dean at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney where she teaches Italian Studies [language, literature and linguistics]. An expert of language teaching and methodology, she is also currently conducting a study on people who have recently migrated to Australia from Italy in the last 12-15 years. Antonia was born in Italy and moved to Australia after graduating at the University of Florence [Italy] in languages.


Authentic language as used by young people in Italy today

Appealing cartoon story as a stimulus to learning

Authentic context and believable storyline

Easy step-by-step presentation of new language

Uncluttered page layout

Manageable units of work

Photographs and illustrations to aid language acquisition

Integrated language and culture, as well as a cultural section within each unit, relevant to the unit theme

Separate revision units

Excellent unit-by-unit grammar notes

Graded workbook activities to support the course

Lively audio CDs recorded by native speakers

Blackline masters and tests for extra teacher support