Become acquainted with the sounds, sights and food of Italy through learning this ever popular language.

Thu 08 Feb 2018 - Thu 05 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Thu 03 May 2018 - Thu 28 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Beginning Italian 3 is designed for those who have studied at least two terms of Italian or the equivalent. You will continue to practise your conversation skills through activities that will increase your understanding of Italian grammar and increase your vocabulary. The activities will also develop your other language skills of listening, reading and writing. 

Course outline

  • Week 1  Capitolo 10: We will revise verbs in the present tense, time, and learn about key festivals in Italy. Orvieto in Umbria is the cultural focus for this and later chapters.
  • Week 2  Capitolo 11: More revision, of prices, quantities and adjectives, will be followed by irregular plurals. A memory game will practise how to say ‘cosa c’e?’
  • Week 3  Capitolo 12: Modal verbs, such as potere, dovere, volere, will be the focus for the lesson. Activities, such as going to the bank or service station, will centre on asking someone to do something for you.
  • Week 4  Capitolo 12: Modal verbs will continue as the focus with practice situations such as going shopping and asking for information. Creating dialogues based on each situation will extend the lesson’s vocabulary and grammar.
  • Week 5  Capitolo 13: How things are done or made, such as food or wine, will be explained. Direct object pronouns will be introduced, such as mi, and la. The slow food movement and typical Italian regional specialities and recipes will be discussed, including recipes for tagliatelle and tiramisu.
  • Week 6  Capitolo 14: The past tense, il passato prossimo, conjugated with avere will be introduced, with a list of irregular past participles. Listening to and reading about past events will be extended with oral exercises recounting what you did yesterday or on the weekend.
  • Week 7  Capitolo 14: The past tense, il passato prossimo, will be continued, now conjugated with essere, as well as irregular past participles. Writing an email to a friend describing a holiday or an event will practise this tense and some irregular past participles.
  • Week 8  Capitolo 14 and revision: The past tense, il passato prossimo, conjugated with essere, will be continued. We will also revise the preceding chapters’ vocabulary and grammar through writing and presenting dialogues based on those  chapters. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should:

  • be able to communicate with confidence in a range of practical situations
  • have increased your knowledge of Italian grammar and formal and informal language

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has studied two terms of Italian, or who has lived in Italy for a short while.

Thu 08 Feb 2018 - Thu 05 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Tue 01 May 2018 - Tue 26 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

This is an exciting course designed to open up possibilities in expressing yourself with Italians and understanding them. Using simple Italian you will learn to make choices within the situation of planning where to go in Italy, including booking and catching trains, negotiating times, booking hotels or apartments, describing restaurants and ordering local specialties - all with confidence. You will also widen your grammar skills by learning to talk about yourself using sentences and ask questions, such as what can you do if there is a problem.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: The main themes will be on telling the time in such scenarios as asking when a concert starts and understanding train timetables and getting around Italy with transport. You will also be introduced to the present tense in relation to travelling such as: to arrive, to leave, to stay, and to the modal verb "potere", meaning "can".
  • Topic 2: You will extend your time skills to asking when opening and closing times of shops, museums, and restaurants as well as incorporating the days of the week, months, and special dates such as birthdays.
  • Topic 3: The theme for this week is on asking what there is to see and do in a town and providing the same responses when asked yourself. You will be able to provide more detailed directions, especially when driving. Grammar will be focussed on nouns and articulated prepositions and you'll be introduced to interrogatives such as asking about what you have to do.
  • Topic 4: There will be a focus on booking a room in a hotel, especially when there is a problem while using modal verbs, "posso" and "devo". Work on interrogatives will also continue.
  • Topic 5: This week will be focussed on the use of "del", the word used for saying "some" in Italian as well as using the present tense and revising previous lessons.
  • Topic 6: This lesson will see you ordering in a restaurant, asking for the bill and buying and ordering for others as well as finding a good restaurant online. You will be working on the direct and indirect pronouns during this week.
  • Topic 7: You will be reading from a recipe in this week while working on the reflexive verbs "alzarsi" and "vedersi’" as well as some revision work.
  • Topic 8: This week will mainly be focussed on revision but you will also work on writing a postcard saying what you do every day while in Florence.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to function socially in both informal and formal ways in situations such as asking for more precise directions, booking a room in a hotel, ordering according to the menu in a restaurant, trying to solve a problem, talking about immediate past events, travels, and asking Italians about their lives.
  • improved vocabulary, grammar, aural comprehensions and conversation

Who should enrol

This course is open to people who have studied Italian for at least a term, who have lived for a short while in Italy or who come from an Italian family background.

Course materials

You are asked to purchase Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications (try ANU Co-op Bookshop or online at the Book Depository) as it will be the basis of the course. It is recommended that you buy the CD that accompanies the textbook. The same text is recommended for all beginning and intermediate courses. Grammatical sheets will be given out in class.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 - Mon 26 Mar 2018

18:00 - 20:00

6 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Teacher: Gabrielle Quadraccia

Six ingredients central to Italian cuisine, their historical significance and use in Italian recipes will provide the stimulus to practice and improve Italian language skills as well as further one’s appreciation of their beneficial properties and learn about and share classic Italian recipes. A language course for buongustai

Course outline

Each of the six two hour lessons will be organised as follows:

  • Introducing the ingredient: audio, visual and written material, as appropriate, regarding its history, nutritional properties and cultural relevance.
  • Discussion about student’s impressions and experiences.
  • Reading and discussing recipes featuring the ingredient.
  • Grammar exercises as indicated in unit outline and based on the material presented each time. Further exercises may be developed to address students’ needs.
  • Discussion/presentations by students about their taste and culinary experiences, Italian and not. Buon appetito!

Learning outcomes

  • Express preferences, desires and opinions with increasing ease and sophistication.
  • Giving and receiving information about ingredients and recipes.
  • Use descriptive language related to food with increasing ease and sophistication.
  • Use the language of instruction both in the active and passive form.(imperative mood and passive present)
  • Comment on foods and food preferences with increasing competence and ease.
  • Telling food tales using the past historic of some verbs.
  • Be more informed about some of the history and properties of the ingredients featured
  • Be familiar with the traditional recipes featured.
  • Be inspired to cook and eat all' Italiana

Who should enrol

The course is aimed at intermediate and advanced students with an interest in Italian food. 

Mon 30 Apr 2018 - Mon 02 Jul 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Feasting to celebrate special occasions, or indeed to attract good fortune, is part of every culture throughout the ages.  In this course, we will focus on the foods of celebration on the Italian peninsula.  From the Roman to the medieval, from the Renaissance to the futuristic and modern banquets, this course will give a taste of the history of ingredients and recipes, the evolution of tastes and the constancy of the pleasures of the table whilst sharpening Italian language skills.

Course Outline

Each of the 6 two hour lessons will be organised as follows:

  • Introduction of an authentic historical banquet - the context, the dishes, the beverages and protocols - through written, audio-visual, oral and artistic material.
  • Discussion of own impressions, experiences.  Comparison with modern dishes and preferences.
  • Vocabulary development grammar exercises as elicited by the written, aural, oral and visual material.
  • Extension/targeted exercises as elicited by participants’ requests and needs
  • Oral and/ or written presentation of a memorable feast by participants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the history and evolution of tastes and cuisine throughout the ages.
  • Develop an appreciation of the immense contribution that foods from the New World have made to the development of Italian cuisine.
  • Express observations and formulate and express opinions with increased ease and sophistication.
  • Describe own experiences and practices in an increasingly natural, dynamic and engaging manner.
  • Become aware, use appropriately and with increased ease the variety of verb tenses required to express and narrate past events - present and past historic; past conditional; imperfect and past subjunctive and future perfect-.
  • Be inspired to celebrate.

Who should enrol

This course is aimed at advanced students.

Tue 06 Feb 2018 - Tue 03 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Beginning Italian 1 is designed to introduce you to the Italian language by teaching you how to communicate some basic needs and wants in a travel situation and receive and respond to related information.  Grammar and is covered to provide foundation skills for further studies and independent learning.  Italian culture, traditions and current way of life will form part of the narrative in each lesson.

Course outline

Communicative goals

  • Theme 1: Greetings and introducing oneself.
  • Theme 2: Asking for food and beverages; Ordering from a menu; asking for prices.
  • Theme 3: Asking and receiving information about where to locate various places.
  • Theme 4: Buying food at the markets or at the grocer. Indicating quantities.
  • Theme 5: Shopping for clothing; expressing likes and dislikes; describing clothing
  • Theme 6: Asking the time, timetables, arrivals and departures.
  • Theme 7: Asking and receiving information with regard to sightseeing. E.g. Museums
  • Theme 8: Asking for help.  Eg. at the doctor, at the chemist.

Linguistic Goals

  • Acquiring a functional vocabulary related to the themes. Eg. Numbers, foods
  • Acquire an understanding of syntax, agreements and conjugations commensurate to the scope and length of the course.
  • Acquire the ability to reproduce authentic Italian sounds. i.e. Phonetics and diction.
  • Use model to produce own expressions  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course should be able to:

  • Greet and introduce themselves and others.
  • Articulate simple requests in everyday situations and comprehend simple information.
  • Express a range of needs, wants and preferences
  • Gain and or increase their appreciation of things Italian
  • Gain an insight into Italian culture and social practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of Italian grammar
  • Demonstrate good intonation and clear pronunciation

Course materials

Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications (ISBN: 9780563519454) is used during the course. It is recommended but not essential that you buy the book and CD.  Extension material will be provided to support both the communicative goals and the acquisition of grammar.

Who should enrol

Total beginners and lovers of Italian.

No dates are currently scheduled.

With Beginning Italian 4 we will continue Buongiorno Italia text book moving from Unit 14 (or 15) to 20. There will be lots of revision and practice on individual production of basic writing and description of personal life style and preferences.

Course outline

With Beginning Italian 4 we will continue Buongiorno Italia text book moving from Unit 14 (or 15) to 20. There will be lots of revision and practice on individual production of basic writing and description of personal life style and preferences.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should

  • be able to communicate with confidence in a range of practical situations
  • have increased your knowledge of Italian grammar and formal and informal language
  • be able to read an intermediate level text with some ease

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has studied Beginning Italian 1 to 3 or the equivalent, or who has lived in Italy for a while.

Required Text

You are asked to purchase Buongiorno Italia BBC Publications (try ANU Co-op Bookshop or online at the Book Depository) as it will be the basis of the course. It is recommended that you buy the CD that accompanies the text book. The same text is recommended for all beginning and intermediate courses. Grammatical sheets will be given out in class.


Thu 03 May 2018 - Thu 28 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Intermediate Italian 1 is designed for those who have studied at least three terms of Italian or the equivalent. You will extend your language skills through activities that will develop your understanding of Italian grammar and extend your vocabulary. To enrich the course as well as to provide reinforcement and extension of the course content, a graded Italian mystery novel will be read in class and for homework. 

Course outline

  • Week 1  Capitolo 15:  Reflexive verbs in the present tense will be introduced through oral and written exercises describing daily activities. Expressions with fare and the difference between sapere and conoscere will be explained. 
  • Week 2  Capitolo 16:  Reflexive verbs will be continued and we will revise il passato prossimo, talking about your interests and leisure activities. Expressions with avere will be introduced and practised in a quiz / role play.
  • Week 3  Capitolo 17: Home, family and work will be the main topics covered together with possessive form. An oral presentation on your family and work will enhance the vocabulary and grammar studied. The pronoun ne and how to say how long something has been going on for will be introduced and practised through questions and answers.
  • Week 4  Capitolo 18: L’imperfetto, the tense used to describe what used to happen, is the focus for this lesson. Short oral exercises recounting a personal experience will extend listening to and reading about what people used to do or the way things used to be.
  • Week 5  Capitolo 18: We will continue work on l’imperfetto through an oral presentation of a childhood or youthful memory. Si, or how to say ‘‘you/one/people/they’ will also be discussed and practised through making statements or assertions.
  • Week 6  Capitolo 19: Description of a place, such as the Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, will be an opportunity for you to describe a place of your own.
  • Week 7  Capitolo 20: The future tense will be introduced and used in talking about future plans and intentions. Saying what you would like to do and who or what you will miss will  also be covered. An oral presentation on personal or other scenarios for the future will enhance the vocabulary and grammar studied.
  • Week 8  Capitolo 20: We will revise the preceding chapters’ vocabulary and grammar through writing and presenting dialogues based on those chapters.

Mystery novel: reading and discussion of the final chapter and a fun quiz on the novel.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should

- be able to communicate with confidence in a range of practical situations

- have increased your knowledge of Italian grammar and formal and informal language

- be able to read an intermediate level text with some ease

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has studied Beginning Italian 1 to 3 or the equivalent, or who has lived in Italy for a while.