UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Italian Level 4 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Italian level 4 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or a high A Level grade (or equivalent).

Students will be familiar with these grammar and linguistic structures.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to strengthen students’ communication skills. Students will be able to communicate with high degree of accuracy and expand vocabulary mainly used in social context.  


In this course students will learn and practice:

  • State opinions and expressing  feelings
  • making comparisons
  • convince and dissuade people
  • offering help

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Environment
  • Saving the planet
  • Describing people - habits and personalities
  • Discovering Italy
  • Describing places

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

  • Recognising/understanding various register/accents
  • Recognising/understanding/ reproducing any kind of discourse


  • Congiuntivo trapassato.
  • If clauses (IF+ Congiuntivo trapassato/Condizionale passato).
  • Gerundio passato.
  • DOPO + infinito passato.
  • Altri usi del congiuntivo.
  • Discorso indiretto.
  • Forma passiva

Learning resources

Course Book

  • Espresso 3. Libro dello studente ed esercizi. Chapters 8-10
  • 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.