UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Italian Level 4

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:

  • Acquire a better fluency
  • Express correctly and develop a level of sophistication in grammar structure and vocabulary
  • To communicate in all situations using more accurate structures
  • Discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures and range of vocabulary.


  • Language of media: leaving messages, writing texts and emails
  • Telephone calls and Skype conversations
  • Talking about books
  • Reading and writing reviews
  • Expressing opinions
  • Hypothesis

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Means of communication (emails, mobiles, FB, twitter)
  • Italian literature
  • Changes in the Italian family
  • Celebrations and traditional festivities


  • Subjunctive imperfect and different uses
  • Introduction to indirect speech
  • Passive form
  • Comparative and superlative of BUONO, CATTIVO, GRANDE and PICCOLO
  • If clauses (IF + Subjunctive Imperfect Tense/conditional): “se dormissi di più saresti meno stressato”
  • Past conditional

Learning resources

Course Book

  • Espresso 3. 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.