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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: garments and colours, indirect pronouns. 

Week 2: going shopping for clothes and shoes, the verb piacere.

Week 3: imperative 2nd person singular, shops in Italy.

Week 4: adjectives: comparison of superiority and inferiority.

Week 5: past tense imperfetto. Formation and use.  

Week 6: how did you spend your holidays as a child?

Week 7: passato prossimo vs imperfetto.

Week 8: the verbs farcela and andarsene.  

Term 2 Dates

Term 2 for Italian Beginners Next Step runs from Friday 3 May to Friday 21 June.

Course outcomes

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

  • Shop for clothes and shoes. 
  • Express doubt.
  • Ask if you can exchange a garment.
  • Express likes and dislikes about clothing.
  • Give advice.
  • Compare.  
  • Recount memories.
  • Talk about old habits.  
  • Describe situations from the past.

Recommended book:

Nuovo Espresso 2 textbook/workbook” ( or


"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 masteru2019s 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