Benvenuti! Our language program is characterized by communication in a fun and relaxed environment and students' active participation.
Our teachers are all professional educators, native Italian speakers with significant teaching experience. We will help you learn Italian through classes that build both spoken and written fluency.
We offer regular classes offered on a quarterly basis and each quarter we add special classes to the program to enrich the learning experience.
The regular classes are organized in seven academic levels:
Beginner Italian I and II
Intermediate Italian I and II
Advanced Italian I, II, and III
Winter Quarter 2013:
January 7th - April 1st - Registrations open on December 1st 2012
Spring Quarter 2013:
April 3rd - June 29th - Registrations open on March 1st 2013
Summer Quarter 2013:
July 8th - September 28th - Registrations open on June 1st 2013
Fall Quarter 2013:
September 30th - December 21st - Registrations open on September 1st 2013
Language classes follow the program on textbook Ciao! 7th Edition.
The same book is used to cover all Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level classes.
Authors: Carla Larese Riga, Chiara Maria Dal Martello
Available for order at major online and regular bookstores
REGULAR CLASSES (OFFERED EVERY QUARTER ON WEEK NIGHTS AND SATURDAY MORNINGS)
BEGINNER ITALIAN I - for absolute beginners
Goal: This course gives students the basic tools needed to successfully understand and communicate in Italian. At the completion of this course students should be able to greet others, introduce themselves, talk about themselves and others, and describe people, things, and places.
Grammar: Pronunciation, subject pronouns, c’è (there is) and ci sono (there are), indicative present tense of essere (to be), avere (to have), articles, gender and plural of nouns, numbers 0-49.
BEGINNER ITALIAN II
- for students with a very basic knowledge of Italian
Goal: this course builds on Beginner Italian I and provides students a stronger and wider skill set necessary to understand, speak, read and write in Italian. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about the Italian education system, to order and to talk about food and drinks, as well as discuss common activities, leisure time, trip planning, daily life.
Grammar: reinforcement and practice of tenses of the indicative mood, irregular verbs in –are, prepositions, partitive, adjectives and adverbs of quantity.
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I - for students with a fairly good command of Italian
Goal: this course builds on Beginner Italian II and provides students a stronger and wider skill set necessary to understand, speak, read and write in Italian. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about the family and traditions, trip reservation and planning and money.INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II - for students with a good command of Italian
Grammar: reinforcement and practice of tenses of the indicative mood; irregular verbs in -ere, -ire; possessive adjectives, direct and indirect pronouns, present perfect with essere or avere, reflexive verbs.
Goal: this course builds on Intermediate Italian I. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about media, Italian fashion, weather and time, vacation and free time.
Grammar: imperfetto tense and the use of imperfetto versus passato prossimo; pluperfect tense, imperative and demonstrative adjectives will be studied, future tense, verb piacere.
ADVANCED ITALIAN I - for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tolls to be able to talk in detail about house and furniture, trades and professions, geographical descriptions.Grammar: the course will be focused on ne and ci, double pronouns, conditional mood, present and past, comparatives and superlatives.
ADVANCED ITALIAN II - for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tools to talk in detail about sports and health.
Grammar: relative pronouns and indefinite pronouns, gerund and progressive form, past remote.
ADVANCED ITALIAN III - for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tools to talk in detail about environment; music, art and theatre.
Grammar: subjunctive mood; present and past subjunctive of irregular verbs; conjunctions and subjunctive; subjunctive imperfetto and pluperfect; how to use all the subjunctive tenses in complex sentences.
ABC, BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Italian culture - art, cuisine, cinema, lifestyles, music, fashion, etc– is the starting point for a number of conversations and discussions that will help students to both enrich their knowledge of Italy and build a larger vocabulary. Includes practical usage and review of the grammar previously studied.
ABC Conversation requires Beginner Italian II level completed (or equivalent)
Beginner Conversation requires Intermediate Italian I level completed (or equivalent)
Intermediate Conversation requires Intermediate Italian II level completed (or equivalent)
Advanced Conversation requires Advanced Italian I level completed (or equivalent)