Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Conversation Course: Parliamo Insieme

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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.


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

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

This is an advanced class which focuses on fluency and conversation, and at the same time revises any grammatical/syntactical points where necessary. Suitable for advanced C1 and C2 Level students, or those who have completed the 400 level courses (approximately 400 hours of recent tuition).

Aims

This course aims to consolidate and develop knowledge previously gained at all levels of Italian instruction, and to develop fluency in the use of Italian language (at C1 and occasionally at C2 level).

Outcomes

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.

Content

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

  • Italian culture – film, literature and music
  • Italian society
  • the environment and other 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 students, those who have completed all levels of Italian up to 404 or who have completed 400 hours of face-to-face tuition.

Prerequisites

Prior to attending, you should:

  • be C1 or C2 level or have completed the Italian 400 level courses (approximately 400 hours of recent 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

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Materials

Online handouts will be provided.

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.

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.