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

  • Italian 1

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

  • Italian for Travelers

    Students will learn survival travel vocabulary and cultural information in preparation for a visit to Italy. ... 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 6

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

  • Italian in Review

    This class offers a thorough review of the Italian vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical concepts introduced in Italian 1 through 6. Emph... 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 7

    This intermediate-level Italian course includes a review of grammatical concepts, vocabulary and expressions, and practice in speaking, list... More »

  • Conversational Italian

    Immerse yourself in Italian and boost your pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking skills! A maximum class size of 12 ensures hi... More »

  • Conversiamo

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

  • Italian Immersion Workshop

    Lasciate l'inglese fuori dalla porta e tuffatevi in un seminario di italiano a tutti gli effetti! Nelle tre ore, verranno toccati diversi so... More »

  • Reading Italian - Made Easy

    Discover the pleasures of reading in Italian and deepen your understanding of the Italian language and culture. Intended for students with a... More »

  • Beyond Garlic Bread - Authentic Italian Cuisine

    Italian food often suffers from mistaken identity! Michela Tartaglia, owner of Cucina Casalinga, will take you on a culinary journey from th... More »

  • Cultural Strategies for the Tourist in Italy

    This three-hour seminar will present some unknown aspects of the Italian culture to the traveler who wishes to interact and learn more about... More »

  • Basic Conversational Italian

    Immerse yourself in Italian and boost your pronunciation, listening comprehension, and speaking skills. Communicate in practical real-life c... More »

  • Italian 5

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

  • Italy - Up Close and Personal

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do! This fun and informative class will deepen your understanding of the real Italy and dispel entrenched cul... More »

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