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!

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  Find a Bridge to B2 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
ph 312-245-0652    fax 312-822-9622
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