You are completely new to Italian, or you can speak and understand Italian in a very limited way. We will teach you the fundamentals of basic Italian communication, like introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details.

Program Structure

Register to a beginner sub-levels:
Beginner 1
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Greetings
  • Introducing yourself/introducing other people
  • Asking about someone’s place of origin
  • Asking and giving phone number and address

 

  • Start a conversation
  • Asking and giving personal information
  • To be sorry for something
  • To thank

 

  • Ordering in a café and in a restaurant
  • Asking for things in a polite way
  • Asking for the bill
  • Making a reservation
  • Spelling

GRAMMAR

  • Subject pronouns
  • Present tense ESSERE-AVERE-CHIAMARSI
  • The alphabet
  • Nouns
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Nouns and adjectives agreement
  • Introduction to interrogatives and demonstratives
  • Numbers 0-100
  • Prepositions a – in
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 11 to Sept 12 (10 WKS)
TH 4:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Antonia (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 15 to Sept 9 (8 WKS)
M 12:00 -2:00 pm PST
Teacher: Camilla (IN PERSON)
$310/term
Jul 23 to Sept 24 (10 WKS)
T 4:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Antonia (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 24 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
W 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Teacher: Valerio (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 9:00 - 11:00 am PST
Teacher: Alice (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 27 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
SA 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Gianna (IN PERSON)
$390/term
Aug 6 to Oct 8 (10 WKS)
T 6:30 - 8:30 pm PST
Teacher: Estella (IN PERSON)
$390/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - Chapters 1-2-3-4
Book 1 workbook (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - workbook
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Beginner 2
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Free time and leisure activities
  • Talk about how often one does something
  • People’s interests and occupations
  • Express agreement and disagreement
  • Asking and telling time

 

  • Booking a hotel room
  • Asking for the price
  • Home furniture and urban environment
  • Complaining about a specific problem
  • Description of an apartment

 

  • Description of a place
  • Description of an itinerary
  • Directions
  • Expressing regret
  • To apologize

GRAMMAR

  • Regular verbs -IRE
  • Verbs ANDARE -GIOCARELEGGERE- USCIRE (present tense)
  • Frequency adverbs
  • The days of the week
  • Mi piace- Mi piacciono
  • Indirect pronouns (singular)
  • Perchè

 

  • C’è- Ci sono
  • POTERE-VENIRE (present tense)
  • Prepositions da…a…
  • Prepositions with articles
  • The months
  • Ordinal numbers
  • The date
  • Numbers 100 +

 

  • Ci + andare
  • Noun-adjective agreement
  • Adjectives in -CO -CA
  • Partitives (plural of indefinite articles)
  • Molto
  • DOVERE-SAPERE
  • More interrogatives
  • A CHE ORA ?
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 8 to Sept 16 (10 WKS)
M 5:00 - 7:00 pm PST
Teacher: Antonia (ONLINE)
$380/term
Jul 23 to Sept 24 (10 WKS)
T 4:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mariantonia (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 24 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
W 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Estella (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 11:00am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$380/term
Jul 28 to Sept 29 (10 WKS)
SD 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Teacher: Gianna (ONLINE)
$380/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - Chapters 5-6-7-8
Book 1 workbook (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - workbook
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Beginner 3
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Talk about past actions and events
  • Holiday activities
  • Specify when a past event took place
  • Talk about the weather

 

  • Food
  • Grocery shopping
  • Description of a store
  • Recipes and dishes

 

  • Work habits and working hours
  • Daily routine
  • Congratulations and wishes for special occasions and holidays
  • Italian public holidays

GRAMMAR

  • Past tense : passato prossimo
  • Time indicators
  • Regular and irregular past participles
  • Absolute superlative
  • Double negative
  • Qualche

 

  • The seasons
  • Quantities
  • Partitive (singular)
  • Direct pronouns (lo ,la, li, le, ne)
  • Impersonal construction (si + verbo)

 

  • Reflexive verbs
  • Time and frequency indicators
  • FARE (specific usage)
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 8 to Sept 16 (10 WKS)
M + W 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Luigi (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 20 to Sept 14 (9 WKS)
SA 9:00 - 11:00 am PST
Teacher: Camilla (IN PERSON)
$345/term
July 22 to Sept 30 (10 WKS)
M 4:15 - 6:15 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 22 to Sept 30 (10 WKS)
M 6:30 - 8:30 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 23 to Aug 20 (5 WKS)
T 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Teacher: Gianna (ONLINE) - Beginners 3 Session 2 (this group will cover the first half of this level's program)
$190/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mariantonia (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 27 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
SA 9:00 - 11:00 am PST
Teacher: Gianna (ONLINE)
$380/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - Chapter 9-10-11-12
Book 1 workbook (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - workbook
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Beginner 4
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Family
  • Description of a photo
  • Expressing possession
  • Gifts and weddings

 

  • General review

GRAMMAR

  • Possessive adjectives
  • Relative superlative
  • Reflexive verbs (Past tense)
  • Perchè- Siccome
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 22 to Sept 30 (10 WKS)
M + W 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 24 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
W 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 24 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
W 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 27 to Sept 28 (10 WKS)
SA 4:00 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (IN PERSON)
$390/term
Aug 27 to Sept 24 (5 WKS)
T 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Teacher: Gianna (ONLINE) - Beginners 4 Session 1 (this group will cover the first half of this level's program)
$190/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - Chapters 13-14-15 + general review
Book 1 workbook (mandatory)
New Italian Espresso - workbook
Book 2 Grammar (mandatory)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Conversazione Beginners
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Short 5 weeks course aimed at improving our students’ conversational skills on everyday topics.

No books required.

Classes are 90 minutes long.

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 25 to Aug 22 (5 WKS)
TH 4:30 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$170/term
Aug 29 to Sept 26 (5 WKS)
TH 4:30 - 6:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$170/term
TEXTBOOK
PRICE
Prices are listed next to each group.

A 10$ nonrefundable registration fee will be automatically added at checkout.

Books are not included in the enrollment price.


DISCOUNTS

BRING A FRIEND: If you enroll with a friend (new to IIS), you both get a 10% discount

ENROLL IN 2 GROUPS: if you enroll in 2 groups, you will get a 15% discount on the second group's enrollment

PRIVATE CLASSES: if you are enrolled in a group, you can purchase private classes with a 10% discount

BULK REGISTRATION: if you enroll in 2 or more Terms at the same time, you will not pay the $10 registration fee and will get an additional 10% discount

To get these discounts, send an email to italianschool@sfiis.org
DURATION
Group Classes
from 5 to 10 weeks groups, different duration
Term 1
January 8th to March 16th
Term 2
April 1st to June 8th
Term 3
July 29th to October 7th
Term 4
October 14th to December 14th

Let our students speak for us!

Truly a gem of a school
Erin Yu
"SFIIS runs a fantastic org and program - truly a gem of a school. The staff are warm and wonderfully efficient. I've done both in-person and online classes, and plan to continue for as long as I can. They cover all levels of Italian proficiency, with an engaging mix of private lessons, themed classes (e.g. Italian for Travelers), and regular Term classes. If you can, I highly recommend going in person for at least some lessons - they have a wonderful office in sunny North Beach."
Cannot recommend this online foreign language program for toddlers enough!
Andrea DiSandro
"First and foremost, let me sing praises for the incredible teacher, Francesca. She possesses a remarkable talent for not only teaching but captivating young minds. Her ability to blend learning and play seamlessly is nothing short of amazing. [...] What's truly heartwarming is witnessing my daughter's enthusiasm for her weekly class. [...] As a family that values multilingualism, I can confidently say that this virtual program stands head and shoulders above the rest. [...] I am beyond impressed and immensely grateful for the positive impact this program has had on our family. If you're seeking a top-tier virtual language learning experience for your little one, look no further. This program is truly amazing, and I wholeheartedly endorse it to any parent seeking to enrich their child's linguistic abilities.
Beginners 1 experience
Jeffrey Jordan
"I just completed my first course with Istituto Italiano Scuola and was quite impressed. It was both rigorous and fun in balance, inspiring me to learn and take my Italian further than ever before. I'll be back for the next level course."
IL MIO POSTO FELICE!!!!
Leslie Hughes
“What I like most about participating in a literature class with the Istituto is having classmates with whom to discuss our books. I like hearing their opinions and responding to them. Reading is a great pleasure of mine, but sharing a book makes reading an adventure. With a teacher guiding us we improve our language skills and become more self-confident expressing ourselves. I’m grateful for the opportunity!”
The best way to maintain and improve my language skills
Dennis Abbe
“I have been taking classes at the SFIIS for years because, short of a long stay in Italy, it is the best way to maintain and improve my language skills. But more than that, I enjoy being with the other students and my instructor(s), many of whom are now good friends. In my class we read classic and contemporary Italian literature, and our instructor keeps us up to date on Italian culture and even politics. The experience on Zoom is almost as good as the in-person classes; Barbara is amazing in her use of the tools to run a lively, efficient, and fun class.”
I've made life-long friends through SFIIS classes
Dede Heitman
“The SFIIS school offers the best, well rounded Italian languages classes in the Bay Area. With native speakers as teachers, the classes provide a comprehensive, natural and fun way of learning. Everyone feels welcome, no matter the level. The teachers are encouraging, entertaining and enthusiastic about their language and culture. As a bonus, I've made life-long friends through SFIIS classes. Please join our Italian language learning community!”
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