UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Italian Level 1 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Italian Syllabus 1.

Students will be familiar with these grammar and linguistic structures.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level. Students should be able to understand and communicate in Italian on a number of practical everyday matters. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach some authentic material will be enhanced.


  • Describing a city: asking for and giving directions.
  • Talking about events in the past.
  • Shopping for food: talking about different habits and tastes.
  • Talking about the daily routine.
  • Describing a family tree and talking and writing about one’s family.

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Getting by in a new city
  • Travelling
  • Shopping for food
  • Daily routine.
  • The family.

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken Italian.


  • Revision of the main grammatical points seen in level 1.
  • Present tense of dovere, sapere and other irregular verbs.
  • Compound prepositions (DI, IN, A + definite articles)
  • The past: “passato prossimo”.
  • Past participle of regular and some irregular verbs.
  • Prarticle CI as an adverb of place (Vai a Roma oggi? No ci vado domani.)
  • Impersonal “SI” as in “In Italia si beve vino a mezzogiorno”.
  • Direct pronouns.
  • DI as partitive article.
  • Reflexive verbs.
  • Possessive adjectives and pronouns.
  • Relative superlative.

Learning resources

Course Book

  • Nuovo Espresso 1. Libro dello studente ed esercizi. Chapters 6-10. ISBN 9788861823181.
  • Handouts provided by the tutor.

Grammar References

  • New Italian grammar in practice. Ean: 9788861824287
  • Nuova grammatica pratica della lingua italiana. Ean: 9788861822474

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.
Do not hesitate to contact your tutor for further information.