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Italian Conversation A2

The course is practical in nature: it focuses on the use of language. The course participants learn the specific language use they need to communicate without difficulty on topics of everyday life.

Starting date
February, May
Starting level
Language of instruction

Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone. The following requirements also apply:

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Course description

The Italian Conversation A2 course is intended for participants who have taken the Italian 4 or Italian 5 course or have a comparable level (A2). 
From the beginning, communication in class is conducted entirely in Italian. 

In this course, speaking skills are practised on the basis of articles from newspapers and magazines. The following topics are covered: society, art, literature, politics and economy. In the lessons, the topics highlighted in the articles are discussed. Attention is paid to pronunciation, expanding vocabulary and, if necessary, grammar. The course aims to enable the student to express himself fluently and adequately in Italian.

After following this course you will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to matters of immediate interest. You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of views on familiar and everyday matters. They can describe in simple terms aspects of their own background, immediate environment and matters of immediate concern.

The course uses the digital learning environment Brightspace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning material. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home.

Course material

The course material will be provided by the teacher.


  • Nuovo grammatica pratica della lingua italiana, Hueber Verlag Gmbh, ISBN 9783190153534, (in Italian)
  • Praktische Grammatica Italiaans, Intertaal, ISBN 9789460304033 (in Dutch)

Target group and admission requirements

This course is intended for highly educated adults, both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties with no affiliation with Leiden University.

This course requires knowledge of the Italian language. Participants who have reached A2 level at the Academic Language Centre can register directly. Other participants should complete an entry test to determine whether their level is appropriate. This test is a computer test. You can do the test at the Language Centre, or you can download the test and do it at 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.
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