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What is Contatti?

Contatti, the best-selling Italian course for adult beginners, is aimed at those wishing to learn Italian from scratch in a classroom environment.

Contatti 1
is the first part of this two-stage Italian course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, Contatti gives a thorough grounding in the language enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian.

How will the Contatti 1 Activity Book help me?

The Activity Book is a valuable resource for learners and teachers alike.

It can be used to complement the coursebook, providing extra material for fast learners or homework activities to consolidate what has been learnt in class. It can also be used for self-access and as a general practice workbook for beginners and false beginners in Italian.

It accompanies Contatti 1, the first-stage Italian course for adult learners, providing a wealth of material designed to reinforce and extend the material in the coursebook. It mirrors the fourteen units offering a variety of exercises, homework tasks and self-access activities to consolidate language input and provide further practice.

Each unit contains:

– topics reviewed with further vocabulary and extension activities
– reinforcement and clarification of grammatical structures with additional tasks and exercises
– extra reading material and stimulus to writing

The final page in each unit contains an overview of the whole with extra reading and writing activities, a short text of cultural interest and a self-assessment checklist enabling students to review what they have learnt. Units 7 and 14, which are revision units, provide proficiency tests on all the material covered in previous sections. The book finishes with a complete Answer Key.

What is in the Contatti 1 Range?

Activity Book (978144139363): Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The activity book is a workbook providing stimulating practice material which complements the tasks presented in the Contatti 1 Coursebook. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises.

Also available as…

Coursebook (9781444133141):
The primary text for the Contatti 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.

Audio and Support book pack (9781444133172):
Supplementary to the Coursebook. The Audio and Support book pack provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:
– 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)
– 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.

Course Pack (9781444133134): Contatti 1 Coursebook + Contatti 1 Audio and Support Book Pack. The Course Pack contains:
– 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook
– 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)
– 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.

What will I learn with the Contatti 1 range?

Key language structures
The first part of the course, introduces the key structures of the language, over 14 thematic lessons, with the emphasis placed firmly on communication.

Vocabulary and grammar

From the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book.

GCSE level material
It covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and similar.

Culture and skills for daily life
This third edition has been brought completely up to date, with particular attention paid to improving and simplifying the explanations of grammar and language structure. New online content offers further opportunities for learners to practise their skills.

How will I learn with the Contatti 1 range?

Authentic reading and listening material
Authentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Italy.

Group work and independent study
Contatti 1 is ideal for group work but can also be used for individual study.

Audio support and additional material
The Course pack includes a coursebook fully illustrated in colour, 2 audio CDs containing the listening element of the course and a support booklet with all the answers to the exercises together with recording transcripts.

What is new in the third edition?

Improvements and additions

The new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from tutors across the country. There is also now simple navigation between the book and CDs, with clearly marked references in the coursebook.

Interactive quizzes and exercises
Brush up and reinforce your learning at home, with fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises. Or use them in class with a group.


"This book has a lot of useful exercises to do at home between classes to practise all the new grammar that's been introduced in the different chapters. It also has a key to all the exercises so you can check them yourself."
Amazon reviewer (Contatti 1 Second Edition)