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.
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.