IIS is unique in the range of classes offered, from elementary to highly advanced. Currently, we offer:
This wide variety gives the students the opportunity to choose the class that best suits their needs and level of competence. We are happy to consult with students to answer any questions regarding placement. Go to Schedule for class time and dates.
At the end of the elementary sessions, students will be able to read and talk about simple topics in the present, past, and future tenses. Classes include grammar instruction, as well as basic conversation and activities such as games and role-playing. As students progress, they may read level-appropriate short stories and listen to recorded materials and contemporary songs, developing their familiarity and comfort level with speaking and understanding the living language. Offered as both regular and intensive classes.
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Definite and Indefinite Articles
Present Tense Irregular Verbs
There is/There are
Present Perfect/Simple Past
Direct Object Pronouns
Direct Object Pronouns+Compound Tenses
Irregular Adjectives “Bello” and “Quello”
At the end of the intermediate sessions, students will be able to carry on a conversation on specific topics, as well as read short stories and articles. Students will broaden their knowledge of grammar, covering more complex verb tenses and syntax, preparing for the advanced level. Classes include work on language structure, as well as activities designed to develop students’ ability to comprehend, read, and speak Italian. Offered as both regular and intensive classes.
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Simple and Past Conditional
Indirect Object Pronouns
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Past Perfect Subjunctive
“Ci” and “Ne”
Present and Past Participle
For those students who have completed the intermediate classes and need a transition before entering the Avanzato courses. The class offers a good and in-depth grammar review while developing the students’ vocabulary and conversational skills.
Intermediate students practice conversational skills and comprehension. The goal is to achieve a greater comfort level while speaking. Students will read contemporary materials, act out real-life situations, and listen to dialogues and music, continuing to build on their grammar foundation. No grammar books are necessary.
Advanced classes, which progress from Avanzato to Perfezionamento to Certificazione, are designed for students who have completed or are familiar with the grammar topics covered in the Intermediate classes. Students who already speak well will perfect their grammar and improve their comprehension and conversation skills. Students will read and discuss literature, and converse about the cinema, art, and Italian news and current events. Thanks to the privilege of our affiliation with the Italian Cultural Institute, our students have had the opportunity to participate in exclusive book clubs and meet renowned Italian authors whose books have been read in class.
Students will read an Italian novel by a classic or contemporary author. The book will serve as a topic for discussion on related issues and a deeper exploration of the Italian language and culture. For a list of books from previous classes, go to Books. Fluency is required.