Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 103 (Level 3)

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If you want to learn to speak Italian, our Italian classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Italian language and culture. Learn Italian the smart way with Italian courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A1/A2 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:

  • describe members of your family
  • shop for clothing
  • state your preferences
  • begin to describe events in the past (using past tense).


This course covers the following topics:

  • la famiglia
  • describing your morning routine
  • shopping for groceries
  • stating your preferences
  • shopping for clothes
  • describing how things used to be
  • Possessive adjectives with family, direct object pronouns, partitive, indirect object pronouns
  • verbs-passato prossimo of reflexive verbs, imperfetto, future.

Intended Audience

Suitable for finishing A1 and beginner A2 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 102 or who have completed 45 hours of recent face-to-face 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)

This textbook is used for levels 101 to 104. It is based on a language learning through conversation method.

Based on Units 9-12 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Recommended supplementary text

Italian Grammar 4e (Schaum’s Outline) by Germano & Schmitt.
(ISBN for fourth edition: 978-00-7182-360-9)

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture 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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Italian Course 103 (Level 3)

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