What you will learn

You will learn to understand texts  about global issues and to express your opinion using the “congiuntivo” verb mode. You will also learn to advertise events relating to charity.

What you need to know.


Here is a basic vocabulary list. Make sure you add to the list this week by inserting words from the texts you find in Task 6.


Il congiuntivo (presente e passato)

The congiuntivo (subjunctive) is a new verb mood used to express opinions, doubtemotions or desires. Take notes as you watch the video explanations below.

Still confused? Watch this


Follow the pattern below to conjugate verbs in the “congiuntivo presente)

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When conjugating in the congiuntivo passato, use the following:

avere: abbia, abbia, abbia, abbiamo, abbiate, abbiano

essere: sia, sia, sia, siamo, siate, siano

Verbi irregolari nel congiuntivo

Ecco un link per i verbi irregolari. Note that many of the verbs that are irregular in the present tense are also irregular in the congiuntivo and generally take the same stem.

Eg. Fare: Present tense indicative =faccio; present tense subjunctive =faccia

Il congiuntivo (imperfetto)

The ‘congiuntivo imperfetto’ is generally used after IF clauses and is followed by a conditional verb:

eg. Se io fossi in te, eviterei i cibi grassi

eg. Se tu studiassi di piu`, prenderesti dei bei voti

Use the ‘congiuntivo imperfetto’ when you would normally use the ‘indicativo imperfetto’ (eg. habitual actions in the past, weather in the past, emotions or physical states in the past, background information in recounts about the past) for phrases introduced by verbs indicating opinionsdoubtemotions or desires.

eg. Da piccola Katy cantava nel coro della chiesa.

–> Penso che da piccola Katy cantasse nel coro della chiesa

eg. Ieri faceva caldo a Roma

–> Credo che ieri facesse caldo a Roma

eg. Le mie figlie erano ammalate il giorno di Natale

eg. –> Mi dispiace che le mie figlie fossero ammalate il giorno di Natale


Follow the pattern to conjugate verbs in the “congiuntivo imperfetto”

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Useful language

Advertising charity events

Click on these ads that can be adapted and used as samples:

Click here for text version if links don’t work.

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Here are some step-by-step suggestions

  • Start with information about the event – title, date & time, location, actors & directors

Il 2 giugno alle 13.30 presso il Teatro Potts andra` in scena lo spettacolo teatrale “Amore e odio”, interpretato e diretto dagli studenti del liceo MLC.

  • Then describe the plot.

“Amore e odio”, scritto da Carlo Bianchi,  racconta la storia di un ragazzo schizofrenico che si innamora della sua psicologa.

  • Add some comments about the play.

La trama e`semplice ma intrigante e la colonna sonora, creata dagli studenti di musica della seconda liceo, e` originale e stupenda.

  • Add info about prices and link to charity

L’ingresso e` di 10 euro a testa e l’incasso andra` a sostegno dei progetti UNICEF in Brasile. I posti sono limitati, quindi prenotate subito i biglietti al numero 898989.

  • Encourage the readers to attend

Venite a vedere lo spettacolo e sostenete una buona causa.

  • End with …

Per ulteriori informazioni visitate il sito http://www.amoreodio.it

Your to do list.

Have a better idea for a task? Go ahead and do it, as long as it meets that same purpose and that it can be documented.

                  TASK                                                                                                       PURPOSE

  • (optional) CONTRIBUTE to the collaborative vocab list entitled “global issues
  • TIPS:Find all the relevant words from the handouts and resources for the topics below.  Also search language learning websites and brainstorm words you believe will be useful. Remember to add the words that appear in the “what you need to know” section of this unit.
To build an extensive vocabulary list for the entire class to share, use as a reference list and personalise.
  • MEMORISE all the vocabulary and expressions from the unit and practise your words with your peer tutor  asking him/her to correct your pronunciation.
  • TIPS:Use  the class quizlet set or make your own.  Find other useful vocab learning websites and aps, record your voice repeating the words, do “look say cover write check”, compete with your friends in your own quiz show-style game.
To drill and memorise all relevant vocabulary. To learn the correct pronunciation of words.
  •  PRACTISE conjugating verbs in the congiuntivo presente, congiuntivo passato and congiuntivo imperfetto via this online conjugating site. Check your answers and continue until you get 100% for all three tenses.
  • NEED MORE PRACTICE? Try these other online conjugating sites:
  • molto bene verb conjugations
  • Conjuguemos
To drill and test your understanding of subjunctive verbs in the context of sentences
  • PRACTISE conjugating verbs in the congiuntivo within the context of a sentence via these 8 online exercises (scroll down to “congiuntivo presente e passato”).
  • NEED MORE PRACTICE or PREFER TRADITIONAL HANDOUTS? Complete this Subjunctive booklet and check your answers
To put the elements of the sentence together and express simple ideas about your free time. To practise conjugating verbs on the spot  and perfect your pronunciation
5. To check your understanding of leisure vocabulary & expressions, to pick up new vocabulary and stuctures and to develop your text-handling skills for the IB exam. Seeing the language in an authentic context and gaining confidence from understanding an authentic Italian text, rather than one learners
  • SCRIVI una locandina pubblicizzando un evento che si terra` presso la tua scuola ai fini di beneficenza . You may ask to have it marked by your Italian peer-tutor or by prof.
  • TIPS:Use samples in the unit or find your own on google.it by typing in words such as “beneficenza”, “il ricavato… a sostegno”
 To put all the language together, learn to identify and adapt useful expressions in authentic texts for your own writing taks and  develop writing skills for IB paper 2.
  • SCRIVI almeno 50 parole: Hai letto un articolo online sulla povertà` nei paesi in via di sviluppo e ti è piaciuto molto. Scrivi un commento sul sito web spiegando:
    • Perché` ti è piaciuto
    • che cosa fai tu personalmente per sostenere progetti di beneficenza
    • Perché`, secondo te, è importante sostenere organizzazioni di beneficienza

    Ask either Prof or your Italian peer-tutor to mark it for you.

  • STUCK? :Ask your peer tutor to write a sample answer for you then use it to write your own
To put all the language together, learn to identify and adapt useful expressions in authentic texts for your own writing taks and  develop writing skills for IB paper 2.
  •  Q & A (optional). Ask or answer questions about the unit via our FB page or email prof
  • Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.
Help everyone in the class to understand all the concepts introduced in this focus area, deepen your understanding of the concepts, and appreciate the strength of collaboration

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