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!

Elementary classes

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

See all Elementary classes.

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.

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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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