Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 201 (Level 5)

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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.

Suitable for those who have completed all levels up to 104 or 95 hours of recent face to face tuition. It will extend on first year material in a grammatical revision of the imperative, present and past tenses. Your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with be further developed through a dynamic and interactive pedagogy by exploring several topic areas and current affairs in various media forms as well as several film discussions. All material is based on the recommended reading to allow for practice and revision between sessions.


This course aims to consolidate and develop knowledge previous gained at 100 level and introduce more complex language structures in relation to participating in activities, giving instructions and suggestions, and participating in discussions through giving opinions.


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

  1. Make suggestions for going to an event or activity.
  2. Book tickets for various events.
  3. Give instructions on how to...
  4. Use conjunctions to put together a number of sentences into a basic narrative.
  5. Use the subjunctive to express one’s opinion.


This course covers the following topics:


  • Interacting with others through making suggestions for going to an event or activity
  • Booking tickets
  • How to ask for information about something, including while shopping or travelling
  • Give instructions on various activities, how to stay healthy, how to play sport
  • Telling stories
  • Expressing desires and necessities
  • Expressing disappointment
  • Putting forward points or view, for and against
  • Comparing


  • Verbs: farcela, andarsene, sapere
  • Use of direct object pronouns with past participles
  • Use of adverbs: già/non. . . ancora
  • Position of pronouns with the infinitive
  • Relative pronouns: che and cui
  • Further development of the use of passato prossimo and imperfetto tenses
  • Formal imperative
  • Conjunctions: però, quindi, perché, mentre, quando
  • Intorduction to subjunctive (congiuntivo presente)


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops using a very communicative approach. Participants are encouraged to use the language through group work, pair work as well as being exposed to the language through guided video and audio work followed by discussion and practice. Each session focuses on one or more language topics/grammatical points conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.


Prescribed text

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Recommended text

Italian Grammar 4e (Schaums Outline) by Joseph Germano
(ISBN for fourth edition 9780071635295)


Nuovo Espresso 2 – Libro dello studente – Textbook + DVD ROM by Maria Balì and Giovanna Rizzo
(ISBN: 9788861823204)

Lessons 4,5,9 and 10

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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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.