“A language isn’t something you learn as much as something you join. –Arika Okrent

Register for Spring 2021 Italian courses .
Classes will begin the week of April 19th and will take place exclusively online via Zoom.
Pricing information can be found below. For more information call 312-822-9545 or email
Book Pickup
Students have the option to either pay $15 to have their books shipped or they may come to the school in person on the following occasions: Tuesday, April 13th 8:30am - 4pm

ItalCultura  |  500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405

Pricing Structure: Courses and Lessons

Standard 10-week and Accelerated 5-week Courses (*20 hours): $385 per student

3 student minimum, (10 maximum)

2 hours per encounter (includes a 15-minute break)


*to provide greater learning and teaching efficacy, if a class’s size is either temporarily or permanently reduced to two or less students, the duration of the encounters may be reduced from two hours down to 1.5 hours.


Semi-Private Group Class (20 hours), 3 student minimum: $435 per student

2 hours per encounter (includes a 15-minute break)

10-week (1 encounter per week) or 5-week (two encounters per week) duration


Semi-Private Group Class (20 hours), 2 students: $550 per student

2 hours per encounter (includes a 15-minute break)

10-week (1 encounter per week) or 5-week (two encounters per week) duration


Irregularly-Scheduled Semi-Private Lessons:

These lessons can be arranged for any number of hours for the following costs

$50 per hour per student (2 students)

$40 per hour per student (3 or more students)


Private Lessons (1-on-1, flexible schedule):

1-10 hours: $70 per hour

11+ hours: $65 per hour


Children’s Lessons:

Personalized solutions can be adapted based on the age and level of the student’s knowledge of Italian.

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.

See all Intermediate classes.


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  Grammatica della lingua italiana per stranieri (A1-A2/B1-B2)  A 20-hour course dedicated to reviewing the grammar covered in levels A1, A2 and B1, focusing on the following aspects: passato prossimo, imperfetto, imperativo, condizionale, congiuntivo and periodo ipotetico. Students will finally feel confident in their abilities to describe events, habits in the past, give advice or express their opinions or wishes. Find a Bridge to B2 class and register online.

Giocare con la letteratura 1.  (Italian through Literature)  - 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 1 class and register online.

Conversation 3   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.  No book required for this class.  Printed materials will be provided.  For those who have completed study through the B1.3 level.  Find a Conversation 3 class and register.

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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
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2021 Calendar

Spring:  April 19 - June 26 

Summer:  June 28 - September 11

Fall:  September 28 - November 30

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