Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 204 (Level 8)

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

Aims

The aims of this course are to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained at earlier 200 level courses and to introduce more complex language structures in relation to participating in activities such as making arrangements and interacting with others.

Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the consequences of events and acts.
  2. Indicate the advantages and disadvantages of a condition.
  3. Express their dissent.
  4. Discuss possibilities.
  5. Ask questions indirectly.
  6. Request and provide information about locales and places.
  7. Ask for confirmation of something.

Content

Communicative

  • Articulating the consequences of events and actions
  • Discussing and articulating the advantages and disadvantages of a condition
  • Expressing dissent
  • Discussing possibilities and hypothetical situations (continued)
  • Asking questions indirectly
  • Requesting and providing information about locales and places
  • Requesting confirmation

Grammar

  • Sebbene, nonostante, malgrado, benché + subjunctive
  • Impersonal form of the reflexive verbs (ci si)
  • Past conditional as a future in the past
  • Hypothetical sentences (expressing possibility)
  • Indirect forms of questions
  • Indirect discourse in the past

Intended Audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 203 or who have completed 170 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.

Text

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)

Reference

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

Lessons 6, 7 and 9

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.

Features

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