Italian Courses

Intensive language courses are offered at the elementary and intermediate levels. Students are placed in a course consistent with their previous study of the language and their actual proficiency level.


  • Elementary Italian – L1

    The course introduces students with no prior knowledge of Italian to composition, comprehension, and conversation and quickly equips them with simple communication tools. Basic grammar is applied in oral and written exercises, games, songs, and role-plays. Students write short compositions and lead oral presentations on topics of daily life. They start reading brief descriptive texts, learn to express basic needs in the present tense and communicate in familiar situations.

  • Elementary Italian – L2


  • Elementary Italian – L3

    This course builds upon Italian composition and conversation skills developed during previous formal language study. Students develop vocabulary for expressing themselves on topics dealing with every day situations and activities and learn to orate in a more fluid and articulate manner. They practice writing linear narrations of familiar events in the present and the past, and descriptions of personal feelings and wishes. Reading comprehension is expanded through descriptive and argumentative texts on daily subjects and familiar events.

  • Intermediate Italian – L4

    The first intermediate course significantly expands written and oral skills for students who have had the equivalent of one year of formal language study. Argumentative texts, articles and a great variety of authentic materials support the development of all four skills. Using more and more precise terms, students produce descriptive and argumentative texts on various topics. They follow conversations with native speakers and speak with greater fluency on a wider range of subjects. They identify and start debating the fundamental ideas of increasingly complex texts.

  • Intermediate Italian – L5

    An in-depth Italian composition and conversation class for students who have had more than one year of formal language study. Students produce clear and coherent writings on real or abstract subjects and read lengthy and complex texts dealing with current social issues. They write with clarity and precision on several cultural and social topics and provide structured explanations of complex arguments. They understand conversations by native speakers, identify idiomatic and colloquial expressions, and follow discussions of abstract ideas.

  • Intermediate Italian – L6

    An in-depth Italian composition and conversation class for students who have completed several quarters of formal Italian language study. Students develop a specialized language dealing with everyday situations and become acquainted with idiomatic expressions and regional linguistic varieties. They practice writing with accuracy and fluency in different registers and genres and participate in conversations with native speakers on a wide range of topics, including abstract ones. They also make significant progress in listening and reading comprehension.

  • Advanced Italian: Reading and Composition - L7

    Syllabus: see level 7 in Intermediate Italian - L6

    The advanced Reading and Composition course introduces students with two years of language study to representative works by Italian authors from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 21st century. Students further their knowledge of the culture and the language through the analysis of literary texts and the social and cultural context in which they were produced. They learn to identify and employ advanced vocabulary and grammar structures both in oral and written form. Advanced composition is supported by frequent assignments and writing workshops. During the course, students read and discuss a contemporary Italian novel.

  • Advanced Italian: Literature and History

    Syllabus: see level 8 in Intermediate Italian - L6

    This advanced course further expands the students’ linguistic and critical skills through weekly readings and compositions on specific topics of Italian literature and culture from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century. Students conduct guided research on a chosen topic and are required to write an essay and a final research paper in Italian. They also read and comment a narrative work in its entirety.