Centre for Continuing Education

Italian Conversation Course: Parliamo Insieme

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

This course offers participants the opportunity to further improve their language skills through lively discussion on a diverse range of topics including film, literature, music and current affairs. It uses group discussions and individual presentation by the students on various topics (culture, society, environment, etc., as well as current affairs) to build on the competencies achieved in previous levels. It will allow the students to practice and skills through a wide variety of activities. This is an advanced class which focuses on fluency and conversation but, at the same time, revises any grammatical/syntactical point when necessary.

Suitable for advanced C1 and C2 Level students, or those who have completed the 400 level courses (approximately 400 hours of recent tuition).


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).


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

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


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 the expected participation of students.


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.


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where participants are encouraged to use the language through contributing 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. Sessions focus on one or more discussion topics and are conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Before the course

In order to attend this course, students 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; and
  • be able to participate in discussion held entirely in Italian without much effort.

Prescribed Text

There is no prescribed text for this course. Handouts will be provided in class.

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.

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.

Italian Conversation Course: Parliamo Insieme

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