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Italian Upper Intermediate (Year 4) Short Course

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This Upper intermediate-level course will help you to develop fluency in the Italian language, understand advanced grammatical structures and gain knowledge of Italian culture.

Why choose this course?

Taught in Italian, this language short course is perfect if you've taken our Italian Intermediate course or have a good grasp of written and conversational Italian.
The Upper Intermediate course will enable you to communicate freely, to feel confident in everyday situations with Italian native speakers. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and more advanced main points in Italian grammar are covered. It will also broaden your knowledge of the Italian culture and way of life.

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 upper intermediate Italian at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening 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

Improve your spoken and written fluency by reading and discussing newspaper articles, watching videos and listening to authentic audio materials. Grammar is also revised to improve spoken and written accuracy.

This course will enable you to confidently take part in discussions, give short presentations and read and write to a high standard in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the Italian culture.

Is it the right level for me?

The Italian Upper Intermediate is ideal if you have completed the Italian Intermediate course or are able to communicate at a low B1 level. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The Italian Upper 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?" tab).

  • “ Claudia is a delightful teacher and is really good at making everyone feel comfortable in the class - so important for ensuring that everyone is happy speaking in Italian. We have made a surprisingly effective transition to online learning and our classes are great fun, an antidote to lockdown. ”


    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

During this course the students will consolidate the main tense constructions (imperfetto, passato prossimo, futuro and condizionale, passato remoto, congiuntivo presente).

They will learn new tenses such as congiuntivo imperfetto and trapassato prossimo.

By the end of each term the students will be able to develop their communicative skills by expressing opinions and presenting facts.

Part 1


  • Inquiring and responding in more complex contexts
  • Description of a film or literary text
  • Expressing opinions
  • Students will be introduced to a literary work.


Congiuntivo passato, trapassato prossimo.
Consolidation of all past tenses.

Part 2


  • Expressing opinions on simple newspaper articles and literary extracts.
  • Describing and explaining a festival, a tradition or a work of art.
  • Listening and extracting specific information from interviews.
  • Expressing preferences.


Congiuntivo imperfetto, condizionale passato.
Consolidation of condizionale presente, future and passato remoto

Part 3


  • Asking for clarification and proposing solutions
  • Expressing desire, wish, hope and preferences.
  • Debating in favour or against a topic
  • Writing simple articles


Further relative pronouns (advanced).



Prerequisite knowledge

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

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

If you wish to join part 2 of the Italian Upper 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 material in English.

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.

Classroom activities will include:

  • classroom discussion;
  • pair and group work;
  • project work;
  • grammar in context;
  • role-play;
  • individual presentations;
  • assignments/homework with individual feedback.

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.

Progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. Students receive verbal feedback from the short course tutor when appropriate, as well as written feedback for work completed outside of class time.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

It is not necessary to buy a textbook as class materials will be given out in class.

Tutor information

  • Claudia Frizzi

    Claudia Frizzi has been teaching Italian since 2003. She completed her BA and MA in Italian literature at UCL, and her PGCE at the Institute of Education.

    Claudia has taught for many years at Westminster University as Visiting Lecturer and at City Lit (Adult Education college) teaching from beginners to advanced courses including Italian GCSE. Since 2012 she has been a teacher in an International School in London teaching Italian Literature and she is also an International Baccalaureate examiner.