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Summer (7/11) 10-week Upper Intermediate B2.3 (Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm) with Alessia (online)

  • Number of students: 6
  • Teacher: Alessia Defraia
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Sessions / Pricing: $ 400

Sessions / Pricing

Class Sessions Price
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Student Responsible for Getting Book: $ 400
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Book Pickup: $ 435
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Ship Book: $ 450


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.


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.



Alessia Defraia

Alessia started teaching Italian to foreigners in the early 90's, working for the AFSAI (Associazione per la Formazione, gli Scambi e le Attività Interculturali), an association that promotes and supports short and long-term exchanges throughout the world.

She has served as director of the Sardinian branch of the association and oversaw the long-term exchange program for students staying in Italy for one year. She also organized and managed several short-term exchange programs throughout Europe financed by the European Community (mainly through the Youth for Europe program).

After graduating from the University of Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, with a Master degree in Language Teaching Methodology and Linguistics, she won a scholarship to study at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Didattica della Lingua Italiana a Stranieri (School for the Teaching of Italian as a Second Language) at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. Her studies focused on the methodology of teaching Italian language and literature, Italian linguistics, semiotics, education, linguistic politics, and evaluation and language testing.

She offered Italian language and Culture courses in Siena and Paris between 2005 and 2007. She then moved to the US to work at the University of Massachusetts from September 2007 until May 2009. That same year she came to Chicago where she started her teaching experience at Loyola University where she continues to teach. In recent years, her main focus has been to encourage as many students as possible to pursue CILS Certification (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) by the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy. 

After 10 years of commitment to this program, she is a recognized expert in preparation of foreign students for CILS. 

Class Sessions Price
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Student Responsible for Getting Book: $ 400
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Book Pickup: $ 435
(Online) Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Ship Book: $ 450

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