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

Fall courses are underway.  Register online or call 312-245-0652.

Learn the language while bringing yourself closer to the many beautiful elements of Italy!!!

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ItalCultura is located at 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.

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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The Official Language School
at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405
Chicago, IL 60611-3767
ph 312-245-0652    fax 312-822-9622
email us   |  map & directions

Calendar and Pricing


Fall 2018:  September 24 - December 8

Winter 2019:  January 14 - March 25

Spring 2019:  April 1 - June 10

Summer 2019:  June 24 - September 4

Fall 2019:  September 23 - December 7


20-hour group courses: $385

Private lessons: $70/hour

Accelerated Courses $385 for 5-weeks

Accelerated classes meet 2x per week, for 20 hours of instruction.Accelerated A1303

Food CultureThis 5-session class, organized in partnership with ItalCultura, the official language center at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, will introduce students to the language and cuisine of Italy by focusing on a different Italian region each week. The first hour of each session will be taught by an ItalCultura language instructor, who will provide an introduction to the culinary history and culture of  that region. During the second hour, students will enjoy a demonstration, taught by the chef of Eataly’s cooking school, on how to prepare a classic, regional Italian dish from start to finish. Students will enjoy the finished dish paired with a wine chosen by our beverage expert. Click this link to register directly from Eataly's website.

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