If you've studied Italian at a basic level and are looking to improve your written and spoken Italian to a standard equal to A-level, then this is definitely the course for you!
Personally, I have tried all types of languages courses including home study, evening classes and even a residential course at a language school in Rome. I found that this course includes the right mix of grammar, real-life recordings (on the 2 audio tapes included) and useful expressions as well as interesting and informative information about the country and it's people.
One of the features that I like best is the practice section on the audio tape which allows you to take part in a dialogue. At the end of a brief pause you are then given the correct words or phrases. It's a great way to check understanding, comprehension and pronounciation.
The book is well structured with individual sections covering listening excercises using real life situations, grammar, oral practice, expressions and idioms etc. Each unit covers different areas including health, holidays, eating out, making complaints amongst others.
It also contains invaluable tips on how to make the most out of the course and out of language study in general. For this reason I would highly recommend it for independent home study.