World Languages Institute: Italian

Whether you want to speak Italian for travel or personal enrichment, our classes are a great way to learn la bella lingua. And our classes cover the full range of proficiency levels from beginning to advanced.

Beginning Italian classes introduce you to basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations.

Beginning lessons cover how to:
•Ask and respond to simple questions
•Engage in simple conversations
•Interact in social, business, and travel situations
•Read a variety of basic written materials
•Write simple sentences on everyday topics.

Intermediate and advanced classes build on your existing skills to help you read, write, and speak Italian with greater fluency.

Intermediate and advanced lessons teach you how to:
•Engage in conversations with ease and confidence
•Increase your proficiency in Italian grammar and vocabulary
•Read and understand the meaning of Italian texts and articles
•Write short essays on common topics
•Deepen your understanding of current Italian culture

Classes meet once a week for 5-10 weeks. All instructors are native Italian speakers.

Current Italian Classes

  • Continuing Education Open House

    Are you seeking new skills for personal and professional development? Join us for our Certificate Open House on Wednesday, March 30th... More »

  • Cultura Italiana

    Now that you've learned Italian, practice your skills! Cultura Italiana is an opportunity to improve your conversational fluency in Italian... More »

  • Italian 1 Intensive

    This twice-weekly course is for beginners who have never studied the Italian language. Participants will learn basic verb conjugations and u... More »

  • Italian 2 Intensive

    This twice-weekly course continues to build on skills learned in Level 1. Intended for beginners who have never studied the Italian languag... More »

  • Italian Grammar Review

    A class for intermediate students who want to hone their skills learned in Italian levels 1-3. Review the use of verbs to correctly express... More »

  • Italian Through Film

    Deepen your understanding of Italian film, language, and culture. You'll be watching and discussing classic Italian movies, animation, and T... More »

  • Italian 1

    Students will learn pronunciation, the essentials of grammar, and basic everyday vocabulary and expressions in the present tense. Required t... More »

  • Italian 2

    For students who have taken one quarter of Italian or the equivalent. You will practice present tense and expand expression in culturally ap... More »

  • Italian 3

    For students who have taken two quarters of Italian or the equivalent. Emphasis is on strengthening communicative skills through conversatio... More »

  • Italian 4

    For students who have had three quarters of Italian or equivalent experience. Required text: Avanti! Beginning Italian, 2nd ed., Volume 2. C... More »

  • Italian 5

    For students who have had four quarters of Italian or equivalent experience. Focusing on grammar, speaking and listening comprehension. Taug... More »

  • Conversiamo

    Approfondite la conoscenza dell’Italia e degli Italiani. Leggete e discutete gli eventi correnti usando giornali e riviste italiani. Migli... More »

  • Parliamo

    Guardate l’Italia come fanno gli Italiani. Immergetevi nella cultura e nella lingua italiane attraverso letture e video clip. Discutete gl... More »

  • Italian for Travelers

    Students will learn survival travel vocabulary and cultural information in preparation for a visit to Italy. ... More »

  • Italian through Current Events

    See Italy the way the Italians do. Read and discuss current events using the latest Italian publications. Prerequisite: at least seven quart... More »

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