This stage is appropriate for the Beginner student who is a “Basic User" of Italian.
Students entering the ‘Wayward’ stage are typically in their second year of learning the language in a formal setting, and they should have been previously exposed to at least 90-100 guided teaching hours. They should be able to understand and use simple expressions and phrases in Italian to satisfy their basic needs. They have limited knowledge of grammatical structures and can communicate using the Present Tense. They can introduce themselves and others, can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They have enough vocabulary to ‘survive’ in predictable situations. They can interact in a simple way provided the other speaker is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help formulate what is being communicated.
Upon completion of the ‘Wayward' stage, a typical student should be able to:
understand sentences & frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance such as: very basic personal and family information, hopping, local geography, employment
communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need