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

begin May 15th.
Private lessons are now available for $70/hr.
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Register online or call 312-245-0652.
ItalCultura is located downtown at 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.


Food Culture

This 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. 

Join the class:Italian Language, Food and Culture: Beginner-Level


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Session Dates

Spring 2017:  April 10th - June 19th

Summer 2017:  July 10th - Sept 16th

Fall 2017:  September 25th - December 9th

History of italian fashion

 We are pleased to offer a fashion course: History of italian fashion!

You can choose to take it in italian ( advanced levels required) or in english!!

Join the english course: History of Italian Fashion, taught in English

Join the italian course: Storia della Moda Italiana, in Italiano

Today Milan ranks with Paris, New York and London as one of the top 4 players in the world of fashion. The development of an "Italian look" is generally thought to have taken place in the late 1970s, by Designers such as Armani and Versace.

Join us to learn more about Italian Fashion Designers (Armani, Prada, Versace, Le Sorelle Fontana, Pucci, Dolce e Gabbana, Max Mara, Fendi and many more) and understand why the Italian style is so famous and appreciated all over the world!

All this will be presented through video and images demonstrating the development of fashion trends since the 1950's.

This course will be taught in English by fashion blogger Maria Vanessa Colapinto.

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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
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