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Italian

Study the beautiful and poetic Italian language with us at UNSW Institute of Languages. Italian is a Romance language derived from the Latin speakers of Ancient Rome. Its 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 offers Italian classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Most language courses require you to buy a textbook – click on the Course Content tab for more information.

Type Duration Average class size Levels Fee
Part time courses 2017 10 weeks 12 students 1A - Adv AUD$380

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.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.
Level Prior Study
Beginners 1A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.
0-20 hours of prior study
Beginners 1B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.
20-30 hours of prior study
Elementary 2A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.
40-60 hours of prior study
Elementary 2B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have studied the language before, for instance at high school, and have some knowledge of the main present and past tenses.
60-80 hours of prior study
Lower-intermediate 3
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.
80-120 hours of prior study
Intermediate 4
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.
120-180 hours of prior study
Upper-intermediate 5
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.
180-240 hours of prior study
Advanced 6
This open-ended level is for speakers who are able to use the language fluently and accurately.
240+ hours of prior study

Most levels require you to buy a textbook, which can be bought from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus or Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). Click here for the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop (all prices have been reduced 10% RRP).

The tabs 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.

Level 1A

Level 1A

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

Level 1B

Level 1B

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)


Level 2A

Level 2A

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


Level 2B

Level 2B

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


Level 3

Level 3

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: New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 11-12

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: New ITALIAN EPRESSO 1, Italian course for English Speakers (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) - Units 13-14

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


Level 4

Level 4

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:

  • 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 4-6

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


Level 5

Level 5

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:

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

This level covers the following topics:

  • Traditional and modern family
  • Parents, grandparents and children in contemporary Italy
  • Italian children: “mummy’s boys”
  • Family connections

Language/grammar points include:

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


Level 6

Level 6

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: 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

Course fee: AUD $380 per 10-week term.

UNSW staff and students are eligible for a discount of 25% off the full course fee.

We offer a re-enrolling discount of 10% off the full course fee for continuing students.

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Timetable tab for the evening each course is offered.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2017 3 Apr - 6 Apr 2017
Term 2 24 Apr - 27 Apr 2017 26 Jun - 4 July 2017 (Tues)
Term 3 17 Jul - 20 Jul 2017 18 Sep - 21 Sep 2017
Term 4 9 Oct - 12 Oct 2017 11 Dec - 14 Dec 2017


Part-time Saturday Morning

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 4 February 2017 8 April 2017
Term 2 29 April 2017 1 July 2017
Term 3 22 July 2017 23 September 2017
Term 4 7 October 2017 9 December 2017

Saturday classes are not available in term 3

Luciana Buonanno

Luciana Buonanno (Italian Teacher)
MA Translation and Interpreting, BA Modern Languages, Certificate in LOTE, Certificate in TESOL, Diploma of Linguistics

"I am a passionate language professional, born and raised in Milan, Italy. I love Italian cinema, music, travel and teaching. I have been teaching languages for over 10 years. My teaching approach is modern and interactive and I deliver my lessons using extensive technology. If you want to learn Italian and are passionate about languages, then you will love my classes."

Term 3 Evening (17 July – 21 September)

One evening per week
6:30 - 8:30pm

Click on the link below to see which evening your class is offered.


Term 3

Term 3

Levels Evening
Level 1AThursday
Level 1BMonday
Level 2B (starts 27 July)Thursday
Level 3ATuesday
Level 6A (starts 26 July)Wednesday
Level 6B (special high level class)Monday
Level 6C (special high level class)Tuesday

Part-time Saturday Morning (22 July – 23 September)

Saturdays mornings
9:30 - 11:30am

Saturday classes are not available in term 3

Please note that evening classes are located in Building L5 (223 Anzac Parade), and Saturday morning classes are located in the Blockhouse (G6) UNSW Main Campus.

 

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

Course Level Learning Outcomes
Beginners 1A

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.
Beginners 1B

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.
Elementary 2A

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.
Elementary 2B

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

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.
Lower-intermediate 3

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.
Intermediate 4

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.
Upper-intermediate 5

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.
Advanced 6
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.

Languages - FAQs

1. What is the length of the courses?

1. What is the length of the courses?

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

2. What levels are offered?

2. What levels are offered?

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.

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

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.

4. How are the levels organised?

4. How are the levels organised?

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.

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

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.

6. What course books are used?

6. What course books are used?

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

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

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

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

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.

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

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.

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

11. What is the average class size?

11. What is the average class size?

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

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

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

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

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.

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

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.

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

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. 

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

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.

17.What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

17. What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

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.   

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

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

19. Is parking available?

19. Is parking available?

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.

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

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.

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