UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Albanian Level 2 Lower Intermediate

Course description: Lower Intermediate is for people who have completed Beginners or who have some knowledge of the language acquired through regular visits to the country or through self-study. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. On completion of the course students should be able to communicate in, and understand, Albanian on a variety of practical everyday matters. The course will cover the following:

Topics: medical conditions, sports, hobbies, professions, buying and giving presents, Albanian dishes and recipes, music and simple short stories, making reservations and arrangements, renting a house, national and religious celebrations, the weekend, holidays, childhood and other past activities, Tirana and places to visit in Albania.

Functions: describing past events, describing the human body, describing simple symptoms to a medical professional, talking about sports, talking about one’s hobbies, understanding short texts from Albanian literature and lyrics, writing letters and being able to ask about posting them, making arrangements about renting a house, discussing ongoing and completed actions.

Grammar: revision and more in depth study of the grammar covered at beginners’ level, the five cases of plural definite and indefinite masculine and feminine nouns, masculine nouns changing gender in plural, agreement between nouns in the five cases and adjectives, agreement between nouns and the possessive pronouns, imperfect indicative, imperfect subjunctive, present perfect tense, five cases of demonstrative pronouns, five cases of interrogative pronouns, passive constructions, direct and indirect object clitics, pluperfect

Learning resources:

Course Book

  • Discovering Albanian by Linda Menyku and Hector Campos

Additional materials

Teacher’s materials and selected materials from the following books:

  • Gjuha shqipe për të huajt dhe shqiptarët jashtë atdheut by Gjovalin Shkurtaj and Enver Hysa (ISBN 13: 99927-1-454-9)
  • Colloquial Albanian by Isa Zyberi,  (ISBN: ISBN-10: 0415056632. ISBN-13: 978-0415056632)
  • Mesoni shqip (ISBN: 1881901602)
  • Gramatika e gjuhes shqipe ISBN 9992776161