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Italian Beginners Next Step

Course Overview

Build on your Italian language skills and elevate your proficiency!

Continue your exciting linguistic journey with interactive lessons and practical applications, ensuring a seamless transition to the next level of fluency.

A class for those who have completed at least 4-5 terms (64-80 hours) of Italian.

The focus will be on language in everyday situations, useful vocabulary and grammar and some cultural immersion. The course is enriched with audio-visual resources to consolidate the concepts presented and to discover cultural aspects of Italy. Students start speaking Italian from day one, practicing what they learn through role plays and conversation in class.

If you’re interested in traveling to Italy, sharpening your cognitive skills, improving your memory, increasing your understanding of the Italian culture, or just having fun, begin your journey here!

Course Breakdown

Week 1: talking about pets, vocabulary, idioms with animals. 

Week 2: past tense: imperfetto. Formation and use.  

Week 3: passato prossimo vs imperfetto, useful expressions.

Week 4: how did you spend your holidays as a child?

Week 5: describing one’s physical traits and personality, comparisons of equality.

Week 6: the verbs farcela and andarsene, use of auxiliaries essere and avere with verbs cominciare and finire.

Week 7: the Conditional tense: formation and use.

Week 8: zodiac signs.

Course outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recount memories.
  • Talk about old habits.  
  • Describe situations from the past. 
  • Understand and give physical descriptions.
  • Describe one’s personality.
  • Make comparisons of equality with people or things. 
  • Express wishes, give advice, make a suggestion.
  • Read the horoscope.
Term Dates

Term 2 runs from Friday 3 May to Fridat 21 June

Term 3 runs Friday 2 August to Friday 20 September

Term 4 runs from Friday 18 October to Friday 6 December

Materiasl List
  • A pen and paper to make notes
  • Recommended: Book “Nuovo Espresso 2, textbook/workbook & interactive ebook” which is full of audio and video resources that students can use in class and at home.

"Studying Italian with Roy is such an inspiring and interesting learning experience. She has excellent knowledge of the language. She is passionate and enthusiastic in her teaching and is excellent at effectively explaining the use of the language. I always look forward to attending her class.” 

"I have done a few different Italian classes at various venues - finding Roy is like winning the lottery. She is prepared for every lesson, however if a question comes up, she is able to explain and immediately give examples, such is her flexibility."

She is the warmest, most delightful person, being kind to people who need more of an understanding of the topic. She is admired and highly respected by our class. I cannot recommend her enough.” 

"I have been doing Italian Intermediate at NSCC for two years. It’s a lot of fun, the teacher is excellent, the students in the class are friendly. It’s the best way to learn a new language: fun, friendly, unintimidating." 

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Roy Gerente

About the tutor

Roy Gerente

A passion for Italy and its culture took Roy on a life journey of exploration which started in Greece and led to her Italian citizenship. She studied Italian language and literature and obtained a master’s degree in teaching Italian to foreigners from the University of Venice. She taught Italian to adults and children for several years in group and individual settings. She has attended specialisation courses in Italy and worked in a corporate environment in Rome and Athens. In her class, students are encouraged to participate in a fun and relaxing environment where mistakes are welcomed as friends.

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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park