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Italian Lower Intermediate (L74) - Updated for 2019/20



You will have completed over 100 hours of tuition fairly recently or you have a reasonable foundation in the language at school level, possibly to 'O'/GCSE level up to grade B or equivalent. You can deal with most common 'survival' situations confidently. You now want to start moving beyond merely practising simple exchanges during your holiday or work trip abroad, learning to cope in non-routine situations and contributing to conversations on topics of general interest.

Main Objectives:

The course will demand more of you by way of vocabulary learning and extend your understanding of the grammar of the language, e.g. by learning more tenses.

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 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 designed to build on previous language learning by taking you beyond basic everyday situations. The Lower Intermediate course aims to develop speaking skills through a variety of pair and group work activities. By the end of the course you will be able to participate in conversations on topics of general interest. The lessons will give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of foundational grammar whilst extending your understanding by learning more past and future tenses.


Units 5 – 10 of Nuovo Espresso 2 cover the following:


  • asking for information
  • showing surprise, disappontment or happiness for an event
  • asking about the duration of a journey
  • asking for prices
  • interacting in a social network
  • expressing needs
  • talking about food and food habits
  • describing the taste of food and drinks
  • expressing opinion
  • talking about health problems
  • describing health issues
  • asking and giving advice
  • talking about sport activities
  • trying to persuade someone
  • talking about future events
  • expressing wishes
  • writing a job application
  • making suppositions
  • talking about work
  • apologising
  • telling a story
  • showing curiosity for a story someone is telling
  • describing an apartment
  • giving examples to support one’s point of view
  • making comparisons


  • verbs farcela, andarsene, sapere, conoscere
  • prepositions and prepositions with article
  • past perfect
  • avere or essere
  • simple future
  • future perfect
  • possessive adjectives
  • imperfect
  • imperative
  • comparatives
  • direct pronouns


  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.