Italian 3: Intermediate


This communicative course develops the learners' oral and written proficiency in Italian in most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in a country where Italian is spoken.

To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:

  • completed Italian 2 or equivalent
  • gained a GCSE (Grade A/A*) in Italian
  • achieved level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in Italian

This intermediate level course is equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is for students who wish to develop their oral and written communicative skills to become independent learners and use Italian for personal enjoyment, study, work, or leisure activities. The language content will enable participants to describe, compare, contrast, and express personal opinions on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. The course will extend the students' knowledge of the culture and contemporary Italian society.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking, grammar structures and cultural awareness; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, scenarios and role-plays.

Programme details

Course starts: 27 Sept 2021

Week 1:   Discussing one's learning skills

Week 2:   Enrolling on further education courses

Week 3:   Planning a trip and dealing with complaints

Week 4:   Guided tours

Week 5:   Family traditions

Week 6:   Expressing opinions and viewpoints

Week 7:   Talking about friendship

Week 8:   Social networks

Week 9:   Well-being

Week 10:  Talking about sports


Course restarts: 24 Jan 2022

Week 11:  Work and society

Week 12:  Health and Welfare

Week 13:  Protecting the environment

Week 14:  Discussing different lifestyles

Week 15:  Talking about cinema

Week 16:  Telephone conversations

Week 17:  Television and its formats

Week 18:  Discussing habits

Week 19:  Italian: main language and dialects

Week 20: Navigating bureaucracy


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Francesca Magnabosco

Dr Francesca Magnabosco holds a DPhil in Italian from Oxford University. She is tutor of Renaissance literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, and teaches Italian for OUDCE.

Course aims

The course aims to develop the learners' oral and written interactive skills in a range of familiar situations at work, leisure, social events or whilst travelling abroad.

Course Objectives

  • To enable students to communicate in Italian in a range of regularly encountered situations at work, leisure, social events and whilst traveling in Italy.
  • To develop the reading comprehension skills to understand texts of everyday or job-related language.
  • To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write simple texts on familiar topics.
  • To develop strategies for coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses such as asking for a repetition or re-phrasing.

Teaching methods

All the Departments' language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:


S Communicate clearly in a range of situations

L Understand the gist of a range of spoken material or conversation in familiar contexts

R Enjoy reading a range of texts on familiar topics

W Write connected text on a range of familiar topics

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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