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

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Traveling to taly: Practical Tips  (click for schedule)  With this 20 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 .

Conversation courses

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.

Conversation 1  (click for schedule)  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the A1.3 level.

Conversation 2  (click for schedule)  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the A2.3 level.

Conversation 3  (click for schedule)  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the B1.3 level.

Conversation 4  (click for schedule)  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the B2.3 level.

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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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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