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Italian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) Short Course

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Move beyond conversational basics with our Italian Lower Intermediate short course. The course comprises three modules (parts 1-3) set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

Taught mostly in Italian, this language short course is perfect if you have some knowledge of Italian and would like to continue learning.

This Italian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course will enable you to communicate with more variation and fluency, so you feel confident in most everyday situations with Italian speakers. It aims to broaden understanding of the Italian culture and way of life. Challenging but rewarding, the Italian Lower Intermediate course is perfectly suited to those looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of lower intermediate Italian at the best price. Our teaching takes place once a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

You know how to order a cappuccino after 10 o’clock in the morning. You can ask directions to the villa and have a chat whilst queuing at the panetteria. You are comfortable asking how much quelle belle scarpe cost in the boutique on via Montenapoleone and can talk about il sole e la luna with your Italian colleagues.

But now you want to have a proper conversation with the lovely Italian designers you met at Salone del Mobile. During your holidays, you want to be able to understand what the grocer explains to you about the various vegetables in the droghiere locale and grasp the wine grower’s lengthy description at the wine tasting. You want to watch an Italian film and broaden your conversation at a meeting with Italian clients.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in Italian grammar are all covered.

Is it the right level for me?

The Italian Lower Intermediate is ideal if you have completed the Italian Beginners course or have a good beginners knowledge of Italian. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The Italian Lower Intermediate course is taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in October. We only advise joining part 2 or part 3 if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

  • “ Veronica was always extremely well prepared, responsive to questions and challenging at just the right level. ”

    Julie Dockrell

    Former student

  • “ Veronica teaches very well and engages her students… ”

    Karen Ash

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1

Topics covered

  • Leisure;
  • Current events;
  • Personal history.

Grammatical structures

  • Reinforce and consolidate the "Passato Prossimo" with avere and essere;
  • The reflexive verbs in the past tense;
  • Use and practice of Imperfetto Tense.

Learning Objectives

  • Talking about past holidays;
  • Talking about one's childhood;
  • Making arrangements and suggestions for holidays and outings.

Part 2

Topics covered

  • Going out;
  • Social engagements;
  • Personal history.

Grammatical structures

  • Revise the Imperfetto tense and focus on the difference between Imperfetto and Passato Prossimo;
  • Direct object pronouns and present continuous.

Learning Objectives

  • Describing what people are/were doing in a specific moment
  • Inviting people to go out
  • Accepting and refusing an invitation
  • Expressing joy or regret
  • Describing events in the past

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Leisure, holidays & tourism

Grammatical structures

  • Use and practice of the conditional tense
  • Prepositions + passato prossimo
  • Reinforcing the difference between imperfetto and passato prossimo

Learning Objectives

  • Expressing a desire and giving advice
  • Making a request in a polite way
  • Making suggestions and proposals
  • Report personal experiences in the past



Prerequisite knowledge

The Italian Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you have:

  • successfully completed the Italian Beginners (Year 1) course  short course
  • approximately 60 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) Italian GCSE.

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join part 2 of the Italian Lower Intermediate short course (in January), you must have completed part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both part 1 and part 2 or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Espresso 2

  • Publisher: Alma (27 Mar. 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 8889237961
  • ISBN-13: 978-8889237960

Please note:

The course will be based on the first 5 units but the content of the course will be integrated with material created by the teacher, or handouts taken from other books.

Purchasing the book is not compulsory.

Tutor information

  • Veronica De Felice

    Veronica De Felice has a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2009), a Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (Goldsmiths, 2006) and a BA in Foreign Languages (Napoli, 2002).

    She has been teaching Italian and translation in various institutions such as Goldsmiths College, the University of the Arts, Croydon College and various language schools in London.

Next steps

This Italian Intermediate Short Evening Course is a fantastic follow-on course for students wishing to build on their conversational Italian, express themselves using more complex grammar.…