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 contact us 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!
Beginner classes (A1 level)
In the Beginner levels, students will manage key vocabulary and fundamental grammar, and will be able to read, write and speak about simple topics in the present, past and future tenses. Read more and register
Elementary classes (A2 level)
In the Elementary levels, students will develop linguistic skills, enhance their vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. Read more and register
Intermediate classes (B1 level)
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. Read more and register
Upper Intermediate Classes (B2 level)
In the Upper 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. Read more and register
Advanced classes (C1 level)
In the Advanced levels, students who already speak well will perfect their grammar and improve their comprehension, conversation, and writing skills. Students will read and discuss literature, and converse about cinema, art, fashion, design, Italian news and current events. Read more and register
Special classes (A1-C1 levels)
Classes focused on conversation, for travelers, and other special programs. Read more and register