Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 404 (Level 16)

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Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


This course aims to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained and introduce more complex language structures.


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

  • report information
  • express percentages and statistics and comment on them
  • talk about your work
  • make a request and answer in a formal way
  • express emotions according to the register language used
  • talk about yourself.



  • Frame a fact in a past century
  • Report an event or an historical fact
  • Argue and discuss your point of view in an informal context
  • Express yourself clearly and courteously in a formal register
  • Communicate a wish or intention
  • Exchange complex information and advice about your work
  • Describe someone physically and characteristically
  • Complain


  • Verbs with prepositions
  • The adverbs of time: ‘so’, 'one day'
  • Indirect discourse: resumption and enlargement (the indirect discourse introduced by di)
  • Numbers as nouns
  • Use of the conditional to express an uncertain news
  • The expression ‘not because’ + subjunctive
  • The indirect question phrases
  • Use of subjunctive in related phrases
  • Use of subjunctive with relative superlative
  • The difference between ‘finally’ and 'eventually'
  • The gerund with causal and hypothetical function
  • The timing: the conditional with the subjunctive
  • Names of occupations for men and women
  • Different ways to express the se in hypothetical
  • Resumption and extension of the hypothetical period (an unreality to us)
  • The expressions ‘as if’ and ‘without’ + subjunctive

Intended audience

Suitable for B2 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 403 or who have completed 370 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

This textbook is used for levels 403 to 502. It is based on a language learning through conversation method.

Based on Units 3 – 5 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Please note

Selected Language 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.

Apply for the language repeat discount.