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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.
la dolce lingua italcultura url sito 50 percento
Register online or call 312-245-0652.
ItalCultura is located downtown at 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.


memorial day

 Please note that ItalCultura will be closed on Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29, in observation of the Memorial Day Holiday. 
Classes will proceed as scheduled the following week

Thank you.

Register for classes now!


Session Dates

Spring 2017:  April 10th - June 19th

Summer 2017:  July 10th - Sept 16th

Fall 2017:  September 25th - December 9th

Italian Travel Experience (Saturdays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm) From May 20 until June 17


 This 10-hour course provides information on the culture of Italy and its attractions, as well as helpful tips on eating out, shopping, visiting museums and getting around  Italy. It also paves the way to  the standard Italian courses, introducing students to the basics of Italian language, focusing on routine phrases and conventional  expressions that are useful while travelling.  Are you planning to go to  Italy? Do you want to learn a few phrases in Italian and see if you like it? This is the course for  you!

 No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided. Instruction in English.

 No class held on Memorial Day Weekend

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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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