2018: Session for Adults

Grammar and Conversation: 10-2-hour classes, $480

Note: 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.


Click here to register online.

Note: CI offers only 1-hour private make-up class per course. (Payment in full is required.)



Level 1 is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics, verb conjugations (present tense), and common phrases. 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.


Monday                 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Thursday               3:00 pm – 5:00 pm               Jan. 11th – Mar. 15th

Monday                  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Tuesday                 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Jan. 16th – Mar. 20th

SATURDAY          1:00 pm – 3:00 pm                 Jan. 20th – Mar. 24th



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.


Tuesday                      11:00 am – 1:00 pm                  Jan. 16th – Mar. 20th

Wednesday               3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   Jan. 17th – Mar. 21st

Wednesday               6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                   Jan. 17th – Mar. 21st



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.


Friday                        11:00 am – 1:00 pm                 Jan. 12th – Mar. 16th

Wednesday             3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Jan. 17th – Mar. 21st

Tuesday                    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                  Jan. 16th – Mar. 20th

Monday                    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                   Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Friday                       6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                   Jan. 12th – Mar. 16th



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.


Monday                11:00 am – 1:00 pm               Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Tuesday               3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                Jan. 16th – Mar. 20th

Friday                   6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Jan. 12th – Mar. 16th



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.


Wednesday           11:00 am – 1:00 pm                  Jan. 17th – Mar. 21st

Monday                 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Thursday              6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                   Jan. 18th – Mar. 22nd



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.


Thursday          11:00 am – 1:00 pm               Jan. 18th – Mar. 22nd

Wednesday       6:30 pm – 8:30 pm               Jan. 17th – Mar. 21st



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.


Wednesday          11:00 am – 1:00 pm               Jan. 10th – Mar. 14th

Friday                     3:00 pm – 5:00 pm               Jan. 12th – Mar. 16th

Thursday                6:30 pm – 8:30 pm              Jan. 18th – Mar. 22nd



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!


Tuesday                11:00 am – 1:00 pm               Jan. 16th – Mar. 20th

Monday                 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Jan. 15th – Mar. 19th

Tuesday                6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Jan. 9th – Mar. 13th

Friday                   6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                 Jan. 12th – Mar. 16th


LEVEL AD (Conversazione)


Monday                 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                Jan. 8th – Mar. 12th

Saturday               10:30 am – 12:30 pm              Ongoing class        (5-2-hour classes, $240)

Saturday               3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                 Jan. 13th – Feb. 10th       (5-2-hour classes, $240)

Feb. 17th – Mar. 17th      (5-2-hour classes, $240)

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