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Italian Post Beginners (L73) - Updated for 2019/20



You may have studied the language at school some years ago or attended a beginners' course of approximately 50 hours. You have very limited vocabulary and some understanding of basic structures. You can just about cope with predictable situations but you lack confidence in other contexts. You would like to become a more confident speaker and develop useful language learning strategies.

Main Objectives:

The course will introduce new tenses and help you to communicate in everyday social or work situations.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.


1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.


Course Texts

  • Nuovo Espresso 1 (units 7-10) , Luciana Ziglio, Giovanna Rizzo, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 978-88618231-74 (book + DVD ROM). The book has a white cover.
  • Nuovo Espresso 2, Maria Bali, Giovanna Rizzo, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788-861823-204 (book + DVD ROM) - white and green cover

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

Course Description

This course is aimed at students who are already familiar with some of the basic structures of Italian and wish to consolidate their knowledge and improve spoken and written skills. The focus of the course is on everyday communication in an Italian environment and you will have the opportunity to built on your previous knowledge of grammar and to extend your vocabulary and topic areas for conversation.



  • daily routine;
  • describing holidays;
  • describing family;
  • describing food and eating habits;
  • grocery shopping;
  • shopping for clothes;
  • expressing tastes and preferences;
  • making polite requests;
  • describing animals;
  • talking about the past;
  • describing past situations;
  • physical descriptions;
  • describing personalities;
  • making comparisons;
  • expressing wishes;
  • accepting and refusing invitations.


  • nouns;
  • articles;
  • qualifying adjectives;
  • comparatives;
  • superlatives;
  • possessive adjectives;
  • direct and indirect object pronouns;
  • agreement of the past participle with the direct pronoun;
  • position of pronouns;
  • partitive use of ne and di;
  • present perfect;
  • irregular past participles;
  • reflexive pronouns;
  • conditional;
  • adverbs;
  • present progressive;
  • imperfect;
  • use of imperfect and present perfect.


  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.