Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 203 (Level 7)

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Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


The aims of this course are to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained in the Italian courses 201 and 202, and to introduce more complex language structures in relation to participating in activities, suggesting and expressing desires or ideas, and participating in discussion.


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

  1. Express surprise, relief, joy and understanding.
  2. Voice their doubt and opinion.
  3. Express disapproval and make a complaint.
  4. State a preference in more complex situations.
  5. Give explanations.
  6. Report on what others have said.



  • Expressing surprise, relief, joy and understanding and the various accompanying expressions
  • Voicing doubt and opinion
  • Making complaints and language around complaining
  • Expressing disapproval
  • Stating preferences in more complex situations (continued)
  • Giving reasons as to why events unfolded as they did, giving explanations
  • Report what others have said


  • Past perfect verb tense
  • Prima di + infinitive
  • Combined pronouns
  • Past conditional in the expression of unrealised desires and wishes
  • Pronominal particles ci and ne
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • Indirect discourse

Intended Audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 202 or who have completed 145 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops using a communicative approach whereby participants are encouraged to use the language through group work and 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 and is conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.


Prescribed text

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Recommended supplementary text

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


Nuovo Espresso 3 – Libro dello studente – Textbook + DVD ROM by Maria Balì and Luciana Ziglio.
(ISBN: 9788861823396)

Lessons 1, 2 and 4

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.