Our Class Offerings
Beginners Italian 1
Aims to provide beginning students with a practical command of the language. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss everyday activities using the present tense. Students can also expect to be able to read and write elementary texts such as a simple letter. Topics include pronunciation, expressions of date and quantity, indefinite and definite articles, and direct object pronouns.
Beginners Italian 2
Students improve their listening skills and conversational ability and begin to communicate more precisely as they learn the past perfect and imperfect tenses. More complex reading selections also provide a basis for conversational and written activities. Topics include expressions of date and quantity, indefinite and definite articles, and direct object nouns and pronouns. Other topics include prepositions and adverbs.
Intermediate Italian 1 & 2
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss topics including health, travel, holidays and business using the present, past and future tenses. The class continues to emphasize the improvement of oral comprehension. Topics introduced include imperfect tense, expressions of time and duration, disjunctive pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, simple future tense, and double object pronouns.
Advanced Italian 1 & 2
Students refine their use of verb tenses and continue to expand their vocabulary. Upon completion of this level, students should be able to understand and participate comfortably in conversations on a wide range of topics. Reading and writing skills are also improved as students gain proficiency with conditional and passive constructions. Among the topics introduced at this level are the tenses of the subjunctive.
This course is designed for students who are already proficient in the skills taught in the first levels and who want to increase their conversational abilities. This course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Video and audio tapes, and other resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests.
Italian for Travelers
Italian for Travelers teaches the basics of the Italian language including pronunciation, greetings, numbers, and useful key phrases that allow you to handle most typical travel situations with confidence. The focus is on valuable travel tips and practical information. Travelers learn important Italian culture, history, art and customs to enrich the travel experience. A must-have course if you're planning to visit Italy.