UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Italian Level 3 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Italian Syllabus 3.

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:

  • Develop of accuracy in grammar structures and communication.
  • Acquire a better fluency to be able to follow discussion and debates on current issues;
  • Discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures and range of vocabulary


  • Express opinions, worries, agreements/disagreements, doubts
  • Asking for permissions
  • Dos and don’ts in public places
  • Asking for help
  • Describing an object
  • Complaints

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Italian language/words versus English ones
  • The city & Italian regions
  • Shapes and materials
  • Buying items
  • Adverts


  • Revision of present subjunctive
  • Revision: direct and indirect pronouns
  • Combined pronouns (glielo, gliene…)
  • Relative pronouns: che, cui. Il quale, la quale
  • Trapassato prossimo: “Ero appena uscita quando è iniziato a piovere”
  • The past conditional
  • Recognize the “Passato Remoto”
  • Possessive Pronouns: “è tua questa macchina? No è sua.”
  • Introduction of past subjunctive
  • La particella CI
  • Futuro anteriore “ti chiamerò quando sarò arrivato”

Learning resources


  • Espresso 3. Libro dello studente ed esercizi. Chapters 1-3.
  • 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.