Language classes may be started in mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule. Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for more information.
Grammar and Conversazione
FROM LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 8
10-2-hour classes, $480 (Schedule)
Note: CI offers only 1-hour private make-up class per course. (Payment in full required.)
Level 1 is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics, common phrases, verb conjugations (present tense), and grammar. The course provides students with a foundation and basic tools to interact effectively in everyday Italian. Students can expect to master simple sentences to hold beginning level conversations.
Engaging students in more advanced beginning conversation and writing skills, Level 2 is designed for those who want to go beyond a basic knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar. Students master the past tenses and study grammar through in-class oral and written exercises and by listening to dialogues in Italian that is spoken today.
Focusing on the future tenses, new vocabulary, and adverbs, students engage in extended conversations and continue to write descriptively including letter writing about themselves and others. Level 3 reinforces the basic rules of grammar and introduces new tenses and how to use them. Video and song are incorporated into the class to continue learning a more modern Italian.
Students master the present, past, and future tenses as well as direct/indirect speech enabling them to fine-tune their conversation skills. The use of the comparative and superlative, idiomatic expressions, and higher-level vocabulary trigger language flexibility in students so they may begin to express more complex thoughts and ideas in Italian and increase overall language comprehension. By the end of Level 4 students grasp the breadth and depth of Italian grammar and are able to apply it.
Level 5 enables students to converse with native Italian speakers, to tell stories, and effectively summarize a movie or article. Students study advanced grammar, such as the conditional and subjunctive tenses, slang, pronunciation and phonetics, and writing. The class is dedicated to listening and speaking exercises with a focus on increasing the fluidity of conversation.
Students continue to conjugate complex verbs and study grammar – all put into practice during in-class conversation and writing exercises; In addition, there are oral and written homework assignments. Students can express ideas, read a variety of texts, and interact with ease in Italian with classmates and the teacher. There are multiple screenings of films and videos, discussion topics, and written work.
Students are introduced to the various forms of the subjunctive that are commonly used in spoken and written Italian. They learn complex idiomatic sentences combined with conditional and subjunctive tenses to express themselves at a near-native level. A lot of time in class is devoted to increasing comprehension and listening skills as well as vocabulary. Assignments in reading, writing, and oral presentations give students the tools to communicate in every given situation.
You made it! Level 8 faces all hypothetical constructions, combining gerunds, conditionals, and subjunctive tenses including pronouns and direct/indirect objects. Students exhibit mastery over the language: They can write professional letters as well as give public speeches without any doubts or fears. With this class you can call yourself “a true Italian”; nothing will scare you anymore. You can pack your suitcase and move to Italy.
Conversazione Solo (Level High Intermediate and Advanced only)
5-2-hour classes, $240
Students in conversation classes read from a variety of texts selected for their skill level. Questions about the readings are entertained and students engage in lively discussion. Vocabulary building, choral repetition, and pronunciation are also part of the program. Students create dialogues and study contemporary Italian through songs, videos, and films.
Language Intensive Workshop
8-2-hour classes, $390 (Schedule)
It is a 2-week intensive course. Class meets four times a week from Monday – Thursday.
Beginner: It is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics, common phrases and expressions, basic dialogues, and grammar. The course provides students with a foundation and basic tools to interact effectively in everyday Italian.
Survival Kit Classes
4-90-minute classes, $290 (Schedule)
It addresses a traveler’s need for basic conversation skills in Italian before taking off from the airport.
Learn in Italiano how to introduce yourself and others, ask for directions and information, reserve a hotel room or make a dinner reservation, order in a restaurant or bar, shop, visit museums, etc:
- How to introduce yourself: “Ciao, come stai?”
- How to ask for information, or get someone’s attention in a shop: “Senta, scusi!”
- How to reserve a hotel room: “Ho una camera prenotata?”
- How to order in a restaurant and a bar: “Che cosa prendi?”
Learn Italian at home or from your office with our online classes (Skype Voice Call offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced level). Material will be sent by email. (Fee for online classes)
Italian Language and Culture
Please inquire about the schedule.
ITALIANO PER MODI DI DIRE: Idioms and Proverbs
Reinforce your Italian by studying everyday phrases and proverbs that won’t be found in a dictionary! Common sayings, used by speakers: Formulas, proverbs and short sentences that convey a fixed idea or express symbolic and metaphoric value which goes beyond the meaning to use.
PROMESSI SPOSI: The Betrothed
Enhance your knowledge of Italian reading a literature classic written by Alessandro Manzoni, founder of today’s standard Italian language. Largely regarded as the most widely read work in the Italian language, this tale follows the journey of two young lovers who are up against twisted circumstances because they wanted to get married. It’s not only a love story but also an insight of history, religion and human conditions in the XVII century.
Note: this class requires an intermediate knowledge of Italian.
All requests for full refunds (minus a non-refundable deposit of $40) must be submitted to Collina Italiana by mail, email or fax and received by CI prior to the first day of class. Pro-rated refunds are allowed after the first class but no refund is given after the second class or for missed classes. There is a $20 fee for mid-semester class changes. Refunds are issued by check or credit card. The fee for Private lessons is charged in full if cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance.