Italian: Level Three (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Anna Giuffria TW3 6.01


This is a lower intermediate course. Students should have previously learnt ... see description of "Communicative content" and "Structural Content" of Level 2 (LN760). Admission into the course upon completion of level test and tutor's approval during the needs analysis session. For students who are able to interact in a variety of contexts without major difficulties.

Course content

Course Aim:

  • To develop the ability to use Italian effectively for purpose of practical communication and reading comprehension in a variety of contexts related to social sciences.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitude required to promote and facilitate further study of Italian at advanced level.
  • To acquire substantial information on Italy in relation to topics such as: politic, economy, life style, arts, history and social issues.
  • To bring the students to level B1 of CEFR.

Communicatvie Content: ¿ Revision of elementary (level 2) course content, and introduction to new functional and grammatical items. Expressing wishes, plans for the future and doubts. Forbidding and suggesting. Giving opinions and judgements. Expressing hypothesis and certainty. Comparing possibilities. Describing national, regional economies. Describing people's character, positive and negative aspects. Acquiring the required vocabulary and structures to be able to communicate in a business situation with the use of the appropriate language register.

Structural Content: Revision of passato prossimo and imperfetto. Comparison between the two past tenses. Present conditional. Present subjunctive. Direct, indirect, combined, relative pronouns. Present and past conditional. Comparative and superlative with expressions. Stare + gerundive.


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana (versione italiana). Marco Mezzadri. Edizioni Guerra. The teacher will integrate the materials of this book with authentic material from various sources such as: newspapers and magazines, internet, Italian text focussing on a specific skill. Students should have a bilingual dictionary and a general grammar book for their own reference. Ask the teacher for advice on the choice available on the market.


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) and in class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 5

Average class size 2015/16: 6

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