Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 301 (Level 9)

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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.

This course will focus on the consolidation of vocabulary and grammatical material from prior classes to ensure that your language fluency and expression is developing. The class will select material of interest to revise previous material, but also use it to extend their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

Suitable for B2 Level students, or those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 204 or 195 hours of recent face to face tuition.

Aims

This course aims to consolidate and develop knowledge previous gained at 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.

Outcomes

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

  1. Describe events and how things were in the past and relate these to the present.
  2. Describe historical events.
  3. Use expressions which convey a range of feelings such as dislike and disapproval to surprise and astonishment.
  4. Express tastes and preferences.
  5. Give complex instructions.
  6. Use the formal register in the workplace as well as at a modest level.

Content

This course covers the following topics:

Communicative

  • 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

Grammar

  • 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

Delivery

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops using a very communicative approach. Participants are encouraged to use the language through contributing to class engagement activities, group work and pair work. Participants will also be 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 are conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Text

Prescribed text

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

Lessons 1 – 4

Recommended supplementary text

Italian Grammar 4e (Schaums Outline) by Germano & Schmitt
(ISBN for fourth edition: 9780071823609).

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.

Features

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

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