Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 502 (Level 18)

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Level C1 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:

  • express judgment or give an evaluation
  • express perplexity
  • express doubt
  • explain something
  • conduct an interview
  • contradict a common opinion.



  • Talk about environmental problems
  • Make a proposal
  • Express your wishes
  • Ask and give advice
  • Make a compliment
  • Talk about a cultural event in detail
  • Point out something


  • The position of the pronouns with gerund, participle, infinite and imperative
  • Resumption and extension of position of the adjective
  • The different uses of the future
  • The position of the adverb
  • The position of the determinative article with the geographical names
  • The present and past gerund: recovery and deepening
  • The concessive gerund
  • Some expressions with pronominal verbs: a dirla tutta, sbrigarsela da soli and arrampicarsi sugli specchi
  • The homonyms
  • Words with two plurals
  • The subjunctive with comparative phrases consecutive: In modo che; far si che
  • The plural of compound words
  • The use of mica
  • Some colloquial forms: prendersela, darci giu etc
  • Comparative equality tanto quanto

Intended audience

Suitable for C1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 501 or those who have completed 420 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 8 – 10 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.