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Italian 8

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Course description

This course is a follow-up on level 7.

In this course we will be making use of television broadcasts on video as reading materials, and we will discuss newspaper articles and articles in our respective fields of expertise. We will cover all areas of grammar and consolidate this knowledge. You will need approximately two hours a week to prepare for the course. This homework forms the basis for the conversation and discussion in the group. The final goal is for you to be able to easily converse on a wide range of topics, to independently read newspaper articles and texts, to understand the key points of current affairs, to write a coherent text or letter, and to hold a presentation in which you can motivate your opinions and plans.

You will reach level B2.1 according to the Common European Framework.

The course is completed with an oral/written/listening exam. The oral exam consists of a presentation in the classroom. 

If you attend 80% of the lessons and successfully complete the final test you will be awarded a certificate.

Course material

  • Nuovo Rete B2 (unit 5 - 8): ISBN: 978-88-557-0427-4


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


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

The course material is not included in the registration fee. 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 7 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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