Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 301 (Level 9)

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


This course aims to consolidate and develop knowledge previous gained at the 200 level and introduce more complex language structures in relation to various past tenses including the remote past, complex instruction and formal register, especially as it relates to the workplace.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe events and how things were in the past, and relate these to the present
  • describe the content of a book you have read
  • describe historical events
  • use expressions which convey a range of feelings such as dislike and disapproval to surprise and astonishment
  • express tastes and preferences
  • make fun of someone in a joking way.



  • describing events and how things were in the past and relating these to the present
  • expressions of sympathy and of dislike or disapproval, surprise, disbelief and astonishment
  • describing the content of a book
  • providing suggestions, advice and judgement
  • asking for an explanation of something
  • discussing the pros and cons of something
  • making fun of someone in a joking way
  • making suggestions.


  • passato remoto
  • passive
  • presente storico
  • mica
  • ipotetica 2 tipo.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 204 or those who have completed 195 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops using a communicative approach whereby you 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

NEW Italian Espresso A2-B1 Textbook & Online Multimedia by Bali & Ziglio.
(ISBN: 9788861825710)

This textbook is used for levels 202 to 302. It is based on a language learning through conversation method.

Based on Units 10-12 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

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