Classes


Beginner classes

tazza di caffeIn the Beginner levels, students will manage key vocabulary and fundamental grammar, and will be able to read, write and speak about simple topics in the present, past and future tenses.

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A1.1 Grammar coverage includes present tense of regular and some modal and irregular verbs, singular and plural nouns, articles and adjectives, some prepositions. Communication goals include: greeting and introducing oneself, asking for information, ordering something at the restaurant, expressing tastes and wishes. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find an A1.1 class and register online.

A1.2 Grammar coverage includes regular and irregular verbs. Introduction to the simple past tense (passato prossimo), regular and irregular past participles; adjectives and pronouns; prepositions + article. Communication goals include: speaking about oneself, describing a place, asking for directions, talking about events in the past. Prerequisite A1.1.  Find an A1.2 class and register online.

A1.3 Grammar coverage includes quantities, impersonal constructions, reflective verbs, direct pronouns. Communication goals include: telling time and date, expressing likes and dislikes, asking and answering questions regarding food, restaurants, shops, prices, clothes, colors. Prerequisite A1.2.  Find an A1.3 class and register online.

A1.4 (A1 Review)  Review of Beginning Italian (A1 level). This course allows students to practice the following elements of Italian grammar that they have already learned: present tense of regular, irregular, modal and reflexive verbs; “passato prossimo; impersonal verb constructions; agreement noun+adjective; personal pronouns (subject and object); possessive and demonstrative adjectives.This course will offer students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the Italian language and to improve their listening and reading skills, while gaining self-confidence in conversation and expanding their basic vocabulary. Prerequisite: A1.3. Find an A1.4 class and register online.

 

Elementary classes

via dellamoreIn the Elementary levels, students will develop linguistic skills, enhance their vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules.

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A2.1 Grammar coverage includes the use of "passato prossimo" and the agreement with the direct object pronouns; "imperfetto" and the progressive form; adverbs; indefinite, possessive adjectives and pronouns; combined pronouns, conditional, imperative, and gerund; the use of comparative and superlative adjectives and relative pronouns; the use of impersonal subjects (si, tu, uno); the use of some idiomatic expressions. Communication goals include: ongoing actions and habits in the past; physical descriptions; describing a situation; accepting or refusing a proposal. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find an A2.1 class and register online.

A2.2 Grammar coverage includes the study of conditional, positive and negative imperative, and gerund; comparative and superlative adjectives and relative pronouns; the use of impersonal subjects. Communication goals include: explaining one’s intentions; expressing needs and opinions; talking about health and various events. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find an A2.2 class and register online.

A2.3 Grammar coverage includes the study of the future, the present subjunctive of the regular and some irregular verbs, the “period ipotetico” (1st type), the comparative, some idiomatic constructions. Communication goals include: talking about one’s hopes and wishes, connecting events in the past and the future; giving permission, expressing disappointment, fear, grief, hope, enthusiasm, desire. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find an A2.3 class and register online.

A2.4 Review of Elementary Italian (A2 level). This course allows students to practice the following elements of Italian grammar that they have already learned: "imperfetto"; the use of "imperfetto" vs 'passato prossimo"; the progressive form; the imperative; the future tense; direct and indirect pronouns; comparative and superlative adjectives; irregular nouns.This course will offer students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the Italian language and to improve their listening and reading skills, while gaining self-confidence in conversation and expanding their vocabulary. Prerequisite: A2.3 or knowledge of above stated grammar.  Find an A2.4 class and register online

 

Intermediate classes

venice 2208936 1920In the Intermediate levels, students will learn to fluently communicate in the Italian language, read a broad variety of texts, speak and understand Italian through a rich vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules.

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Intermediate - B1 Levels

B1.1 Chiaro!, Units 1 – 4  Communication goals include learning how to express one’s skills and wishes; describing an itinerary; expressing one’s opinion; evaluating positive and negative sides of a given situation. Grammar coverage includes the impersonal form of reflexive verbs; present subjunctive; modal future; temporal gerundive.  Find a B1.1 class and register online.

B1.2 Chiaro!, Units 5 – 7  Communication goals include expressing doubts and hopes; talking about different lifestyles. Grammar coverage includes the conditional mode; combined pronouns; explicit and implicit forms.; the 1st periodo ipotetico; the passive form.  Find a B1.2 class and register online.

B1.3 Chiaro!, Units 8 – 10  Communication goals include discussing a movie / book; talking about historical facts; making an hypothesis. Grammar coverage includes the trapassato prossimo; the 2nd periodo ipotetico; the passato remoto.  Find a B1.3 class and register online.

Bridge to B2  Grammatica della lingua italiana per stranieri (A1-A2/B1-B2)  A 20-hour course dedicated to reviewing the grammar covered in levels A1, A2 and B1, focusing on the following aspects: passato prossimo, imperfetto, imperativo, condizionale, congiuntivo and periodo ipotetico. Students will finally feel confident in their abilities to describe events, habits in the past, give advice or express their opinions or wishes. Find a Bridge to B2 class and register online.

Giocare con la letteratura 1.  (Italian through Literature)  - This course, held entirely in Italian, is an introduction to contemporary Italian literature. The teacher will lead students in discovering Italian writers, such as Dino Buzzati, Dacia Maraini, Natalja Ginzburg, Stefano Benni and many others, offering students a chance to read excerpts from short stories and novels.The texts will be used to stimulate conversation in class and as a source for focusing on more complex linguistic structures. Find a Giocare con la letteratura 1 class and register online.

Conversation 3   Our new conversation courses offer an ideal occasion for students to strengthen their understanding of the Italian language and to improve their listening and comprehension skills, while conversing in Italian and gaining self-confidence in conversation. The aim of these courses is to enable students to express themselves with ease in a variety of situations, from simple and informal to more complex and formal, in the context of everyday life, while socializing and traveling.  Each lesson is structured around a specific topic that fosters interaction among the students and the learning of new vocabulary and expressions. A vast array of activities oriented towards the development and the solidifying of oral communication skills will be proposed to the students: audiovisual material to enhance listening skills as well as educational activities and role play to sharpen accuracy and fluency in verbal expression. Authentic materials, written texts, multimedia content, grammatical charts and pronunciation exercises enrich each lesson.  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the B1.3 level.  Find a Conversation 3 class and register.

 

Upper Intermediate

SplitShire 3064In the Intermediate levels, students will learn to fluently communicate in the Italian language, read a broad variety of texts, speak and understand Italian through a rich vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules.

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Upper Intermediate - B2 Levels

B2.1  Grammar coverage includes the “periodo ipotetico” (3rd type); the use of tenses with subjunctive; direct and indirect speech. Communication goals include: interacting thoroughly in complex situations, expressing one’s opinion in full, analyzing one action and its consequences. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find a B2.1 class and register online.

B2.2  Grammar coverage includes the “periodo ipotetico” (3rd type); the use of tenses with subjunctive; direct and indirect speech. Communication goals include: interacting thoroughly in complex situations, expressing one’s opinion in full, analyzing one action and its consequences. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find a B2.2 class and register online.

B2.3  Grammar coverage includes the distinction between  principal and secondary phrases, il congiuntivo presente, il congiuntivo in secondary phrases. L’imperativo di cortesia. Literal and figurative adjectives. The use of certain verb phrases. The formation of words: nouns, adjectives, verbs. Vocabulary (the semantics of psychology). Il congiuntivo imperfetto. Modes of affirmation, negation. Feminine nouns of profession. Collocations with verbs: essere, condurre, imprimere, suscitare, sottoporre, fare, stabilire, intensificare. Several compound words. Unstressed and stressed pronouns. The plural of compound nouns. Il trapassato prossimo. Gerunds, the past and present participles. Use of verb forms: capace di, fino a, a cavallo tra, in questo senso, in fondo, a discapito di. Communication goals include having an ironic conversation, discussing the sexism of the Italian language, and interviewing two authors. Find a B2.3 class and register online.

Giocare con la letteratura 2 (Italian through Literature) (livello B2/C1)

This course, held entirely in Italian, is an introduction to contemporary Italian literature. The teacher will lead students in discovering Italian writers, such as Dino Buzzati, Dacia Maraini, Natalja Ginzburg, Stefano Benni and many others, offering students a chance to read excerpts from short stories and novels.

The texts will be used to stimulate conversation in class and as a source for focusing on more complex linguistic structures. Find a Giocare con la letteratura 2 class and register online.

 

Conversation 4  Our new conversation courses offer an ideal occasion for students to strengthen their understanding of the Italian language and to improve their listening and comprehension skills, while conversing in Italian and gaining self-confidence in conversation. The aim of these courses is to enable students to express themselves with ease in a variety of situations, from simple and informal to more complex and formal, in the context of everyday life, while socializing and traveling.  Each lesson is structured around a specific topic that fosters interaction among the students and the learning of new vocabulary and expressions. A vast array of activities oriented towards the development and the solidifying of oral communication skills will be proposed to the students: audiovisual material to enhance listening skills as well as educational activities and role play to sharpen accuracy and fluency in verbal expression. Authentic materials, written texts, multimedia content, grammatical charts and pronunciation exercises enrich each lesson.  Find a Conversation 4 class and register online. 

 

Advanced classes

Manarola di notteIn the Advanced levels, students who already speak well will perfect their grammar and improve their comprehension, conversation, and writing skills. Students will read and discuss literature, and converse about cinema, art, and Italian news and current events. Thanks to the affiliation with the Italian Cultural Institute, our students will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive book clubs and meet renowned Italian authors whose books will be read in class.

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Advanced Classes 

C1 Level

C1.1  Il corso si rivolge a studenti di livello avanzato che desiderano approfondire la conoscenza della lingua italiana, acquisire sicurezza nella comunicazione spontanea, perfezionare le capacita’ espressive e la competenza d’uso di strutture grammaticali e lessico.  Gli approfondimenti grammaticali riguarderanno: la formazione del superlativo; la frase scissa esplicita ed esplicita; la concordanza dei tempi al congiuntivo; il congiuntivo esortativo, dubitativo e ottativo; usi del participio presente e passato; differenza tra l’uso del futuro semplice e del condizionale passato per esprimere la posterita’; l’aggettivo bello.  I contenuti comunicativi includeranno: comunicare in un registro colloquiale; esprimere sorpresa o rabbia; capire e analizzare un testo di narrativa contemporanea; riconoscere alcune varianti regionali; fare ironia; esprimere rammarico e lamentele per eventi presenti, passati e futuri; esprimere emozioni, comandi, concessioni, auguri, speranze, dubbi e ipotesi.  Al fine di ampliare la competenza lessicale si approfondiranno aree semantiche relative agli stereotipi sull’Italia e gli italiani, ai libri e alla letteratura, allo sport, all’arte, al cibo e al benessere. Prerequisti: B2.3/Conversation 4.  Libro di testo: Giorgio Massei–Rosella Bellagamba, Nuovo Espresso 5 (libro dello studente ed esercizi) Alma Edizioni, Firenze 2017 Unita’ 1-5. Find a C1.1 class and register online.

C1.2  Il corso si rivolge a studenti di livello avanzato che desiderano approfondire la conoscenza della lingua italiana, acquisire sicurezza nella comunicazione spontanea, perfezionare le capacita’ espressive e la competenza d’uso di strutture grammaticali e lessico.  Gli approfondimenti grammaticali riguarderanno: il che polivalente; ; i promoni relativi doppi Chi e Quando; l’infinito presente e passato; il periodo ipotetico con ipotesi in forma esplicita; i superlativi idiomatici; i verbi pronominali; l’imperativo nel discorso indiretto; usi particolari dell’avverbio tanto.  I contenuti comunicativi includeranno: riconscere e capire espressioni colloquiali; usare giochi di parole; usare espressioni idiomatiche derivanti dalla gestualita’; esprimere un parere o una preferenza; esprimere ipotesi e commentare delle statistiche; comprendere il significato ed usare neologismi.   Al fine di ampliare la competenza lessicale si approfondiranno aree semantiche relative alla musica, alla moda e all’abbigliamento, all’opera, al ruolo della donna nella societa’, all’evoluzione della lingua. Prerequisti: C1.1 Libro di testo: Giorgio Massei–Rosella Bellagamba, Nuovo Espresso 5 (libro dello studente ed esercizi) Alma Edizioni, Firenze 2017 Unita’ 6-10. Find a C1.2 class and register online.

C1.3  Il corso si rivolge a studenti di livello avanzato che desiderano approfondire la conoscenza della lingua italiana, acquisire sicurezza nella comunicazione spontanea, perfezionare le capacita’ espressive e la competenza d’uso di strutture grammaticali e lessico.  Gli approfondimenti grammaticali riguarderanno: il che polivalente; ; i promoni relativi doppi Chi e Quando; l’infinito presente e passato; il periodo ipotetico con ipotesi in forma esplicita; i superlativi idiomatici; i verbi pronominali; l’imperativo nel discorso indiretto; usi particolari dell’avverbio tanto.  I contenuti comunicativi includeranno: riconscere e capire espressioni colloquiali; usare giochi di parole; usare espressioni idiomatiche derivanti dalla gestualita’; esprimere un parere o una preferenza; esprimere ipotesi e commentare delle statistiche; comprendere il significato ed usare neologismi.  Al fine di ampliare la competenza lessicale si approfondiranno aree semantiche relative alla musica, alla moda e all’abbigliamento, all’opera, al ruolo della donna nella societa’, all’evoluzione della lingua.  Prerequisti: C1.2  Libro di testo: Giorgio Massei–Rosella Bellagamba, Nuovo Espresso 5 Unita’ 6-10 Alma Edizioni, Firenze 2017.  Find a C1.3 class and register online.

Advanced C1/C2 L’italiano con la storia dell’arte  In questo corso (tenuto esclusivamente in italiano) gli studenti esploreranno l’arte italiana attraverso i secoli, dall’eta’ antica fino a oggi. L’osservazione e l’analisi di opere d’arte, monumenti ed edifici permettera’ agli studenti di arricchire il proprio lessico con l’apprendimento del linguaggio specifico dell’arte. Gli studenti potranno affinare le loro abilita’ di comprensione e produzione orali e scritte e riflettere su strutture grammaticali e sintattiche piu’ complesse. Oltre al libro di testo, l’insegnante utilizzera’ in classe anche materiali multimediali.  Prerequisiti: B2.3.  Find a Advanced C1/C2 L’italiano con la storia dell’arte class and register online.

Advanced C1/C2 Storia Italiana  Il corso ha lo scopo di illustrare i principali avvenimenti e fenomeni politico-economici e socio-culturali della storia dell'Italia, dal Risorgimento ai nostri giorni. Durante il corso, oltre al libro di testo, si utilizzeranno diverse tipologie di fonti e documenti (testi letterari, saggi, film, giornali, riviste).  Livello: C1/C2  Find an Advanced C1/C2 Storia Italiana class and register online.

 

Special classes

Classes focused on conversation, for travelers, and other special programs.

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Italian Travel Experience: Practical Tips  (click for schedule)  With this 10 hour course, students will be prepared for their next trip to Italy by learning more of its language and culture. Efficient communication and idiomatic knowledge of everyday Italian will be a primary objective.

CILS Exam Preparation  (click for schedule)  B2 Level.  ItalCultura offers intensive preparation courses for the CILS exam. Currently, only the B2 level (Upper Intermediate) is offered. A B2 level CILS certificate grants acceptance into most Italian Universities, and can also be a useful professional tool.   Students have the opportunity to test their Italian proficiency, and receive an official designation of their level of linguistic ability.  This is a 9 week course (twice a week, 5 hours per week).  Certification is awarded by the Università per Stranieri di Siena, and is recognized by the Italian Government on the basis of an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The CILS exam takes place in June and December at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.  Admission to the CILS preparatory course is subject to approval by the Supervisor of the school. Please take the placement test available for download here and send it to.

Test your current Italian proficiency level!

Profiency Levels

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!

 

Beginner classes (A1 level)

In the Beginner levels, students will manage key vocabulary and fundamental grammar, and will be able to read, write and speak about simple topics in the present, past and future tenses. Read more and register

Elementary classes (A2 level)

In the Elementary levels, students will develop linguistic skills, enhance their vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. Read more and register

Intermediate classes (B1 level)

In the Intermediate levels, students will learn to fluently communicate in the Italian language, read a broad variety of texts, speak and understand Italian through a rich vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. Read more and register

Upper Intermediate Classes (B2 level)

In the Upper Intermediate levels, students will learn to fluently communicate in the Italian language, read a broad variety of texts, speak and understand Italian through a rich vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. Read more and register

Advanced classes (C1 level)

In the Advanced levels, students who already speak well will perfect their grammar and improve their comprehension, conversation, and writing skills. Students will read and discuss literature, and converse about cinema, art, fashion, design, Italian news and current events. Read more and register

Special classes (A1-C1 levels)

Classes focused on conversation, for travelers, and other special programs. Read more and register

 

ItalCultura

The Official Language School
at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405
Chicago, IL 60611-3767
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