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!

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.

See all Beginner classes.

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. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  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. Classes meet once a week for ten weeks (20 hours).  Find an A1.3 class and register online.

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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
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