Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Course 503 (Level 19)

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Level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The aims of this course are to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained at all levels of Italian instruction, and work towards developing fluency in the use of Italian language (at C1 moving towards C2 level).


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

  • understand ideas and concepts expressed in Italian across a spectrum of settings when expressed in an explicit way, moving towards a nuanced understanding
  • participate in active guided and at times unguided discussion on various topics including current affairs
  • express opinions about aspects of Italian culture such as specifically chosen pieces of film, less difficult literature and Italian music.


This course provides focal points for engagement and discussion which include:

  • Italian culture (small extracts of film, specially selected literature and music)
  • Italian society
  • Current affairs topics.

Short film clips, less difficult passages from literature, newspaper or magazine stories, blogs etc. provide the opportunity for engagement in a highly interactive environment. These will be explained, repeated and examined to aid in comprehension with guided discussion in Italian.

Preparation of written work and its presentation is also part of the expected participation of students. Grammar will be revised as needed.

Intended Audience

Suitable for continuing C1/C2 level students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 502 or who have completed 445 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Prior to attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • comprehend concepts and ideas expressed entirely in Italian through media such as magazines, television programs and films, although this may be with difficulty
  • participate in discussion held entirely in Italian, although this may be with effort.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where participants are encouraged to use the language via: contribution to class engagement activities, group work and pair work. Participants will also be exposed to the language through guided film, music, literature and audio work followed by discussion and practice. Each session focuses on one or more discussion topics and is conducted in a friendly and relaxed classroom setting.


There is no prescribed textbook for this course.

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.


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