Absolute Beginner - Low Intermediate Classes:
Our FIRST STEPS series, PRIMI PASSI CON L'ITALIANO, is a great way to start your Italian journey. It can be intimidating to start a new language, so we try to make students feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door.
Because class sizes are small and interactive, students have the chance to ask questions, go over homework, be involved in their learning experience, and foster camaraderie. There are a total of 9 First Steps levels that provide you with a solid foundation and show you how much fun learning a new language can be. We emphasize the importance of immersion and comprehension from the beginning, so starting from the first class of First Steps 1, you will be spoken to in nearly all Italian. Students who come out of the First Steps series can hold their own.
We offer two different types of intermediate classes—our more classic INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN series and our ITALIAN IN ACTION series. Both types delve deeper into the fundamentals of Italian, including a thorough review of verb tenses (regular and irregular forms) and useful vocabulary.
Italian in Action classes are highly interactive and take a communicative approach to the language. Students will practice grammar in a conversational setting via a study of different video and audio clips. Videos incorporate grammar lessons, useful common sayings, and expressions, all presented in an authentic style.
Our Intermediate Italian series transitions you from a First Steps student to an intermediate one. Students will practice grammar in a conversational setting via a study of different cultural readings. Colloquial phrases and idiomatic expressions will be taught. This is an ideal class for students who have already completed the First Steps series or for those who have a solid understanding and command of the language but want to review grammar concepts in depth.
At this stage, we offer higher-level classes for students to engage on various topics and continue to learn:
In our NEWS AND FUN FACTS class, students converse in Italian for pleasure while learning more about the diversity of Italy and what it is to be Italian. Students will be exposed to a more communicative approach to Italian (with less focus on grammar).
In this interactive class, brief up-to-date articles and audio will be presented to stimulate conversation. Students will explore contemporary life in Italy through various topics—the arts, travel, cinema, sport, cuisine, and pop culture. The audio recordings allow students to improve comprehension as well as increase their exposure to different native Italian accents. The grammar will be explained through various exercises as students cover the material.
In our ITALIAN THROUGH FILM class, students will explore different levels of conversation and comprehension through film. In addition to viewing various sequences of recently released Italian films, students will complete comprehension exercises, grammar activities, and vocabulary builders to increase their knowledge of the language. Different aspects of Italian history and culture will be explored. This class is ideal for students who have completed the study of Italian grammar and want to increase their knowledge of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the language.
Conversation Classes (From high beginner to advanced):
We also offer CONVERSATION AND REVIEW classes. Keep up your Italian by enrolling in this interactive conversation class that takes a more communicative approach to Italian (with less focus on grammar). Students will have the opportunity to practice reading, comprehension, listening, and speaking. We will explore Italian culture by reading a short story/article and listening to accompanying audio clips.