Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 301 (Level 9)

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Level B2 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 historical events
  • use expressions which convey a range of feelings such as dislike and disapproval to surprise and astonishment
  • express tastes and preferences
  • give complex instructions
  • use the formal register in the workplace as well as at a modest level.



  • 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
  • passion for food: expressing tastes to do with food, preferences, recipes and instructions for cooking
  • passing on information
  • describing historical events
  • use of language in formal work related situations including formal register
  • exchange information and suggestions in complex situations including work.


  • review of passato prossimo, imperfetto, passato remoto and extension of their use
  • relative pronouns: chi, ciò che
  • Futuro anteriore
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • review of si passivante and extension of its use
  • use of Non perché plus subjunctive
  • use of subjunctive in relative clauses, conditional and with relative superlative.

Intended audience

Suitable for B2 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

Nuovo Espresso 4 – Libro dello studente – Textbook + DVD ROM by Maria Balì and Irene Dei, ISBN: 9788861825055.

Lessons 1-4

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

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