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          “A language isn’t something you learn as much as something you join. –Arika Okrent

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Group Italian language and culture classes start mid-January.
Click here for the Winter 2017 Beginners class schedule.
Private lessons are available. Register online or call 312-245-0652.
ItalCultura is located downtown at 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.

About ItalCultura

Learn Italian at ItalCultura, the official language center at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, an Italian Government Cultural Agency.

Opened in 1985, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is one of five cultural offices of the Italian Government in the United States, part of a network of 90 Institutes worldwide. The Institute focuses on Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage (art, music, literature, dance, cinema, design, architecture, science, technology).

At ItalCultura, all language courses are taught by native-speaking, highly-qualified teachers and are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Contact Us or register online today.  Read about ItalCultura's Policies.

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10-Week Session Calendar

Fall 2016:  September 26 - December 3

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, no courses will meet Nov 23-26 (Wed-Sat).  These missed classes will be made up Dec 7-10. 

Winter 2017:  January 17th - March 27th

Spring 2017:  April 10th - June 19th

Summer 2017:  July 10th - Sept 16th

Fall 2017:  September 25th - December 9th

Profiency Levels

Test your current Italian proficiency level!

In effort to have students placed in the most appropriate level class, students with previous knowledge of Italian are asked to take both written and verbal placement exams. Download the written portion of the placement test by clicking here. Please print out the test, answer as many questions as you are able to (without using any aids), and email it back to us at . The verbal test will be given here at ItalCultura, by appointment. Please call 312-245-0652 or email to schedule your verbal exam.

The curriculum of ItalCultura is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR is a guideline used to describe what learners of foreign languages need to do in order to communicate effectively in each language. CEFR facilitates the recognition of proficiency gained in different learning contexts and provides assessment of progress at each stage, and throughout a lifetime.

The CEFR divides learners into three broad divisions and six levels.

A – Basic User

            A1 – Beginner

            A2 – Elementary

B – Independent User

            B1 – Intermediate

            B2 – Upper Intermediate

C – Proficient User

            C1 - Advanced

            C2 – Mastery

All language courses are taught in Italian and students start speaking Italian from the very first day!

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