Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 103 (Level 3)

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course is the third in the first year program. It focuses on expressions, socialising, asking questions and various cultural activities to further your listening, speaking and writing development. Grammatical themes cover more complex verbs and sentence structures, allowing you to piece together the information you have learned in previous classes.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describing one’s work habits and working hours
  • comment on someone else’s lifestyle
  • describe and ask about someone’s daily routine
  • begin to describe events in the past (using past tense).


This course covers the following topics:

  • Holidays & travel
  • Describing one’s work habits and working hours
  • Commenting on someone’s lifestyle
  • Describing and asking about someone’s daily routine
  • Describing a family tree
  • Past tense: passato prossimo
  • Verbs taking essere and avere as an auxiliary
  • Possessive adjectives: singular and plural forms of mio and reflexives verbs
  • Possessive adjectives + nouns referring to family relationships
  • Past tense: passato prossimo form of reflexive verbs

Intended audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 102, or who have completed 45 hours of recent tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

NEW Italian Espresso – Beginner & Pre-Intermediate – Textbook + DVD by Butrini & Graziani.
(ISBN 978-88-6182-354-9)

Based on Units 7-9 of the above text. This text is used for levels 101 to 201 and forms the basis for consolidation and practice. It is based on language learning through conversation method.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

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Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

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