Beginning Italian 3

Beginning Italian 3 is designed for those who have studied at least two terms of Italian or the equivalent. You will learn to speak Italian simply but confidently with some correctness as you focus on your conversation skills. To enrich the course and make it even more enjoyable, you will the read the Italian thriller, Indagine a Firenze, by Andrea Gerini, (which is also used in preparation for the level 1 of Celi exams). Together with class activities, handouts and some homework, you will further develop your understanding and appreciation of Italian grammar, vocabulary and reading, writing and conversation skills.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
TBA 12 October Thursday 6-8pm 9 $335 Enrolments closed

Course outline

  • Topic 1 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 10: this week will be focussed on revision of the present tense, ways of expressing 'some', irregular verbs and talking about time, dates, months of the year, birthdays, and key festivals in Italy. You will also be introduced to new vocabulary by exploring Florence's churches and architecture.
  • Topic 2 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 11: you will work on the irregular verbs, 'fare' and 'uscire' as well reflexive pronouns. A memory game will be played that will have you answering the question, "what is on the table?". Indagine a Firenze, chapter 1: you will explore the characters - who they are and their families.
  • Topic 3 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 12: the focus will be on direct and indirect pronouns with the present tense as well as revising modal verbs with pronouns. You will work on surveying people's habits at home and on holidays while learning to pose the question, "Can you do something for me?". Indagine a Firenze, chapter 2:
  • Topic 4 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 13: the lesson will be based on finding out how things are done as well as working on the past participle. You will look at Florentine recipes and discuss how things are cooked while learning how to order from a restaurant. Indagine a Firenze, chapter 3: the chase is on! You will examine the side streets of Florence.
  • Topic 5 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 14: the passato prossimo with 'avere' and irregular past participles will be the focus. You will also talk about time in the past while participating in a survey of what you did on the weekend as well as comparing the cost of living in Italy to Australia. Indagine a Firenze, chapter 4: this is an action-packed chapter where you find the diamond.
  • Topic 6 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 14: you will work on the passato with essere and verbs of movement such as 'andare', 'rimanere', 'uscire', and 'venire' in the past while learning to talk about holidays and special trips. Indagine a Firenze, chapter 5: how cunning can a fifteen year old be? You will learn to describe Antonio's ruse in your own words
  • Topic 7 - Buongiorno Italia, chapter 15: the focus will be on reflexive verbs in the past, the different uses of 'si; and writing postcards to family and friends describing where you have been and how much you have enjoyed yourself. Indagine a Firenze, chapter 6: this chapter is all about drama at the airport.
  • Topic 8 - Indagine a Firenze, chapter 16: you will look at the final chapter and then discuss the characters and plot in your own words. There will be a true or false exercise as well as work on 'stare' and 'gerundio'.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to speak Italian tentatively in relation to a story
  • have increased your knowledge of Italian grammar and colloquial expressions
  • be able to read intermediate texts with some confidence.

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.


Indagine a Firenze, by Andrea Gerini. The book can be ordered from the Book Depository and not the ANU Coop Bookshop.Grammatical sheets will be given out in class.

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