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Italian

Italian is a beautifully poetic language. It is a romantic language derived from the Latin speakers of Ancient Rome. The Italian language has historic and cultural significance has spread across the globe, including Australia. Speak with Italian locals on your international travels, or practise closer to home in the thriving Italian communities of Leichardt and Sydney’s Inner West.

UNSW Institute of Languages a fun way to build your skills with Italian classes for beginners to advanced students.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Italian as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to Italian speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with Italian speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

The expandable information boxes below provide course outlines for each level. Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 1 - 3

This level covers the following topics:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Ordering in a cafe  and in a restaurant
  • Introduction to Italian phonetics
  • Alphabet and numbers (0-100)
  • Addressing people (formally and informally)
  • Professions and workplaces

Language/grammar points include:

  • Gender (maschile & femminile)
  • Definite and indefinite articles (il, lo, la, l’, i gli, le - un, un’,  una, uno)
  • Pronouns (io, tu, Lei, lui, lei)
  • Simple questions using intonation Come, Di dove, etc.
  • Basic verbs : chiamarsi, essere, avere,abitare, lavorare, prendere, portare, fare
  • Adjectives of nationality and gender agreement.
  • Nouns and peculiarities of nouns
  • Demonstrative adjectives: questo/quello
  • Simple prepositions

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book:New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 4 -5

This level covers the following topics:

  • Free time
  • Routines
  • Days of the week
  • Time and timetables
  • Describing a place - Going around town

Language/grammar points include:

  • Regular verbs (presente indicativo)
  • Some irregular verbs: fare,andare, stare, sapere, conoscere
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • The verb piacere
  • asking questions
  • adjectives (first and second group)
  • Simple prepositions
  • C’è/ ci sono - More irregular verbs (presente indicativo)
  • More irregular verbs (presente indicativo)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book:New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 6-7

This level covers the following topics:

  • Booking a hotel room
  • Holidays in Italy
  • The months
  • Ordinal numbers
  • The weather
  • Describing a house
  • Timetables
  • Planning a trip
  • At the travel agent’s

Language/grammar points include:

  • - Modal verbs
  • Compound prepositions
  • The Italian past tense: il passato prossimo (regular verbs with essere and avere)
  • Irregular past participles
  • Past time expressions
  • Adverbs of time (già, appena, non ancora)
  • Ci vuole/Ci vogliono

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book: New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 8-10

This level covers the following topics:

  • Professions and working hours in Italy
  • Daily routines
  • Habits
  • Holidays and traditions
  • The family
  • Food and eating habits in Italy
  • Grocery shopping

Language/grammar points include:

  • Reflexive verbs (presente indicativo)
  • Position of the reflexive pronoun
  • Possessive adjectives ( with words denoting family members)
  • Passato prossimo of reflexive verbs
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Ne as partitive expression
  • Partitive use of ‘di’ + article

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language some years ago. It covers two separate modules (3A and 3B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Italian Espresso 2, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni -Firenze) - Units 1 - 3

This level covers the following topics:

  • Shopping for clothes and shoes
  • Pets and animals
  • The past
  • Habitual activities in the past
  • Past holidays
  • Childhood

Language/grammar points include:

  • Indirect object pronouns
  • Use of indirect pronouns contrasted with direct pronouns
  • Condizionale presente to make polite requests
  • Più, meno, troppo
  • the adjective quello
  • The imperfetto past tense
  • The use of the imperfetto compared to the passato prossimo

Module B

Text Book: Italian Espresso 2, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni -Firenze) - Units 4-6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Body characteristics
  • Personality characteristics
  • The horoscope
  • My house
  • Wishes
  • Comparisons
  • Invitations
  • Social arrangements
  • At the ticket office
  • Public behaviour in Italy

Language/grammar points include:

  • Passato Prossimo of cominciare and finire
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • The Present Conditional to express wishes
  • The Present progressive of the verb stare
  • Agreement of the past participle with the direct pronouns
  • Direct, indirect and reflexive pronouns with modal verbs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Italian Espresso 2, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni -Firenze) - Units 7-8

This level covers the following topics:

  • Meeting people
  • Talking about future projects
  • Talking about Italian music
  • Talking about eating habits, healthy lifestyle and giving advice.

Language/grammar points include:

  • Revision of Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto
  • Passato Prossimo of modal verbs
  • Different uses of Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto
  • Direct, indirect and reflexive Pronouns revision
  • Simple future, preposition “fra” in the future.
  • Ipothetical clause verbs Bastare and Servire
  • Imperative informal singular + direct and indirect pronouns.
  • Imperative with regular and some irregular verbs and position of object pronouns

Module B

Text Book: Italian Espresso 2, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni -Firenze) - Units 9-10

This level covers the following topics:

  • Part of the body
  • Homeopathy vs Traditional Medicine
  • Wellness and wellbeing
  • Sport and healthy lifestyle
  • Italian Universities and Italian education system
  • Erasmus project
  • Leaning foreign languages
  • Italian big cities and suburbs
  • How to read a novel

Language/grammar points include:

  • Imperativo formale and informale + combined pronouns
  • Imperative singular and plural
  • Comparative and superlative irregular
  • Past Perfect
  • When to use Passato Prossimo, Imperfetto and Past Perfect
  • Relative pronouns
  • Past Conditional
  • Passato Remoto

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Module A

Text Book: Espresso 3, Libro Dello Studente Ed Esericizi (Alma Edizioni) (Luciana Ziglio and Maria Bali) - Units 1-5

This level covers the following topics:

  • Italian stereotypes
  • Cultural habits and clichés
  • Social issues and discriminations
  • Media and modern communication
  • New technologies and neologism
  • Italian language identity

Language/grammar points include:

  • Subjunctive present and past
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns
  • Congiuntivo imperfetto and trapassato
  • Connettivi

Module B

Text Book: Espresso 3, Libro Dello Studente Ed Esericizi (Alma Edizioni) (Luciana Ziglio and Maria Bali) - Units 6-10

This level covers the following topics:

  • Adverbs and adjectives
  • Subjunctive + sebbene
  • Subjunctive + nonostante
  • Ipothetical clauses + conditional

Language/grammar points include:

  • Tenses: imperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo imperfetto), the pluperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo trapassato), the gerund (il gerundio temporale) and the past gerund (il gerundio passato)
  • Conjunctions and expressions followed by the Subjanctive
  • The impersonal form of the reflexive verbs (ci, si)
  • If clause in the subjunctive
  • Dopo + infinito passato

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Module A

Text Book: Espresso 3, Libro Dello Studente Ed Esericizi (Alma Edizioni) (Luciana Ziglio and Maria Bali) - Units 1-5

This level covers the following topics:

  • Describing an object
  • Making a complaint
  • The language of advertising
  • Stating, arguing and defending one’s point of view
  • Asking for and granting permission
  • Making an assumption
  • Expressing a doubt
  • Criticising past choices

Language/grammar points include:

  • Tenses: trapassato prossimo; past conditional (condizionale composto); passato remoto; future perfect (futuro anteriore); past subjunctive (congiuntivo passato).
  • Agreement between tenses and moods
  • Relative pronouns (il/la quale/i/le quali, etc.)
  • Combine pronouns (me lo, te lo, glielo, etc.)
  • Possessives pronouns (miei tuoi, suoi)
  • Other usage of Ci

Module B

Text Book: Espresso 3, Libro Dello Studente Ed Esericizi (Alma Edizioni) (Luciana Ziglio and Maria Bali) - Units 6-10

This level covers the following topics:

  • Recounting a book plot
  • Portrait of a modern family
  • Feasts and celebrations
  • Ecological issues
  • Expressing disapproval of behavior
  • Giving an explanation
  • Arguing for or against something
  • Expressing yourself in hypothetical situations
  • Talking about past possibilities

Language/grammar points include:

  • Tenses: imperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo imperfetto), the pluperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo trapassato), the gerund (il gerundio temporale) and the past gerund (il gerundio passato)
  • Conjunctions and expressions followed by the Subjanctive
  • The impersonal form of the reflexive verbs (ci, si)
  • If clause in the subjunctive
  • Dopo + infinito passato

Learning Outcomes

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language holidays

Level 1A
Monday 15 January 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Monday 5 February – Monday 16 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3A
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3B
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 6A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 6B
Monday 5 February – Monday 16 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 6C
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Saturday Courses

Level 1A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 1B
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

We have a policy of employing teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for students is 18. There is no maximum age.

UNSWIL language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

Students should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin. 

Most courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

Welcome to our Enrollment Online page:


  1. Please read our How to Apply section.
  2. Please study our Application Checklist and have all documents ready.
  3. Please note our Conditions of Enrolment for Modern Languages programs.
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