Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Conversation and Culture Course: Advanced C1/C2

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

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

Please note, this course was previously named Italian Conversation Course: Parliamo Insieme. All content remains as per Parliamo Insieme.

This course offers you the opportunity to further improve your language skills through lively discussion on a diverse range of topics including culture, film, literature, music, the environment and current affairs. It encourages group discussions and individual presentations by class members on various topics to build on the competencies achieved in previous course levels.

This is an advanced class covering fluency and conversation, and revision of grammatical/syntactical points where necessary. It is suitable for those at the advanced C1 and C2 levels, those who have previously attended the conversation course Parliamo Insieme, or those who have completed around 400 hours of previous study.


The aim of this course is to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained at all levels of Italian instruction and to develop fluency in the use of the Italian language (at C1 and occasionally at C2 level).


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

  • discuss ideas and thoughts across a spectrum of settings, even when not expressed in an explicit way
  • participate in active discussion on various topics including current affairs
  • discuss aspects of Italian culture such as film, literature and music entirely in Italian.


This course provides focal points for engagement and discussion on topics including:

  • Italian culture – film, literature and music
  • Italian society
  • the environment
  • current affairs topics.

Film clips, passages from literature, newspaper or magazine stories, blogs and so on provide the opportunity for engagement in a highly interactive environment with discussion in Italian. Preparation of written work and its presentation is also part of your expected participation.

Grammar will be revised as needed.

Intended audience

Suitable for:

  • C1 and C2 level participants
  • participants who may have previously completed the conversation course Parliamo Insieme
  • those who have completed around 400 hours of face-to-face tuition.


Prior to attending, you should:

  • be C1 or C2 level or have completed the Italian 400 level courses (approximately 400 hours of tuition)
  • have the ability to understand thoughts and ideas expressed entirely in Italian through media such as magazines, television programs and films without much difficulty
  • be able to participate in discussion held entirely in Italian without much effort.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops which encourages to use the language through contribution to class activities, group work and pair work. You will be exposed to the language through guided film, music, literature and audio work followed by discussion and practice. Sessions focus on one or more discussion topics and are conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Prescribed text



Online handouts will be provided.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

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

What others say.

  • Excellent conversion course where everyone gets a chance to report on their research homework and also discuss general happenings during the week. The tutor also throws in the occasional narrative on Italian history and culture and we also get the chance to view and dissect Italian movies and documentaries. All this lends to each individual improving their italian language skills.

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