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Italian 7

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September, February
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Course description

The Italian 7 course is intended for those who have completed the Italian 6 course or have a comparable level (B1) of Italian. From the beginning of this course you will start communicating in Italian. The topics covered include: social media and mass media, advertisement and publicity, social justice, civil rights, giving arguments, expressing feelings, wishes and permission. 
The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. In addition to the language, the course also focuses on Italian culture.
Short presentations will be prepared at home on various topics.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home. (approximately two hours per lesson)

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Al Dente 4, Libro dello studente + Esercizi (in Italian), 
    Uitgever Difusion Centro de Investigacion y Publicaciones de Idiomas S.L.
    ISBN: 9788416943739
    Chapter 0 t/m 4


  • Nuovo grammatica pratica della lingua italiana, Hueber Verlag Gmbh, ISBN 9783190153534, (in Italian)


  • Praktische Grammatica Italiaans, Intertaal, ISBN 9789460304033 (in Dutch)

The textbook Al dente 4 used in this course consists of 10 chapters and corresponds to a complete level of the CEFR/ERK. The aim of this book is to guide you to from level B1 to level B2. The content is divided into two courses. After the course Italian 7 you will reach level B2.1 and after following Italian 8 level B2.2 (B2).

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University.

The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.

You can participate in this course if you have followed our Italian 6 course. Potential participants who do not fulfil these entry requirements have to complete an entry test to determine whether their level is sufficient. This test is a computer test. It can either be taken at the Language Centre or downloaded and taken home.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Het niveau van de cursus wordt aangeduid in termen van het Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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