The Italian Cultural Institute offers Italian Language classes year round at all levels.
Each course term is 9 weeks.
How we teach
All teachers are qualified, screened native speakers with extensive experience in teaching Italian as a second language.
Classes reflect the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages and prepare students from Basic User Level (A1) up to the final Certifications of knowledge of Italian CELI (University for Foreigners of Perugia) and CILS (University for Foreigners of Siena).
|Basic User (Level A1)|
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herselsef and others and can ask answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
I, II, III, IV
|Basic User (Level A2)|
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in somple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
|Pre – Intermediate
I, II, III
|Independent User (B1)|
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regulary encounter in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
I II III
|Independent User (B2)|
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on topical issue giving the advantages and disavantages of various options.
I, II, III
|Proficient User (C1 & C2)|
C1: Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluenty and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2: Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in most complex situation.
|Language & Culture
I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII