UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Italian Level 2 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Italian Syllabus 1 and Syllabus 2.

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 with a knowledge of basic Italian to reach an intermediate level and to understand and communicate in Italian on many practical everyday matters related to various aspects of Italian culture.


  • Arranging appointments (time and place).
  • Talking about events in the past
  • Giving advice and expressing opinions about food and restaurants
  • Talking about health: giving advice and describing symptoms

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Appointments
  • Travelling
  • Italian food
  • Health and fitness

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken Italian.


  • Revision of the main grammatical points seen in level 2 (part 1)
  • “stare + gerundio” the –ing form.
  • Direct pronouns with the “passato prossimo”.
  • Position of pronouns with the Infinitive tense: “devi comprarlo/ lo devi comprare”
  • Relative pronouns “che” and “chi” (“cui”)
  • Revision of conditional
  • Revision of contrast “imperfetto” and “Passato prossimo”
  • Imperative – formal and informal with pronouns
  • Imperative – negative form
  • Verb “servire”
  • Comparative and superlative of “buono” and “bene”

Learning resources

Course Books

  • Espresso 2. Libro dello studente ed esercizi. Chapters 4-7.
  • Handouts provided by the tutor.

Bilingual Dictionaries

Bilingual Dictionary (Collins).

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.