Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 104 (Level 4)

Italian. Learn Italian with us.

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.

This course is the final level in the first year program and is suitable for those who have completed all levels up to 103 or 70 hours of recent face to face tuition. This level builds upon the previous three terms work and prepares you for the second year program. It covers various elements of food, such as traditional dishes and cafe visits, and various games and city locations. Speaking, listening and writing skills learned are consolidated and further expanded to cover the use of pronouns, ordinal numbers and various expressions of quantity.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Use adjectives to describe people, places and events.
  2. Use the conditional to express desires and possibilities.
  3. Arrange to meet a friend or colleague.
  4. Identify some of the cultural aspects of living in Italy.


This course will cover the following topics:

  • Describing people, places and events
  • Making arrangements to meet
  • Living spaces
  • Expressing dreams, desires, wishes and possibilities
  • Living in Italy
  • Revision and expansion of first year material
  • Comparatives
  • Superlatives
  • Molto, troppo
  • Verbs – present gerund, stare+gerund, present conditional, imperative


This course is 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 course Levels 101 to 104. It is based on a language learning through conversation method.

Based on Units 13-15 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.

Suggested Textbook Suppliers

The Co-op Bookshop

Become a member and get up to 50% off everything – online, on your tablet or mobile, or in over 60 stores.

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. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

What others say.

  • Learning Italian at this level is challenging but the tutor developed an understanding of both group and individual strengths and would present the class in an interactive and sensitive way, that helped us not only develop our understanding of the syllabus at hand but also a thirst to learn more laterally about Italian culture and history.

  • Our teacher was excellent and kept us engaged throughout the lesson. I’m about to use all I’ve learnt on a trip to Italy, and hope to re-join the class on my return.

  • The best teacher ever. Patient, dedicated and makes all their lessons a delight.

  • I found this course challenging and enriching. We were given the opportunity to talk and our understanding was extended beyond the text book. An excellent teacher.