You can understand the Italian language used in everyday situations and you can have a basic conversation, only if the speaker speaks slowly and clearly. We will help you improve your skill, learning to talk about your likes/dislikes, your family and your routines, order a meal in a restaurant and go shopping.

Program Structure

Register to a elementare sub-levels:
Elementare 1
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Shopping
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Expressing doubts
  • Expressing taste and opinions
  • Giving advice
  • Asking for advice
  • Comparisons

 

  • Talking about memories
  • Description of habits in the past
  • Description of situations

 

  • Physical and personality description
  • Comparison between people personality
  • Polite form
  • Hypothetical sentence
  • Making a proposal
  • Giving advice
  • Expressing wishes

GRAMMAR

  • Piacere
  • Indirect pronouns
  • Troppo
  • Questo/quello
  • Informal Imperative (Tu)
  • Comparative

 

  • Imperfetto
  • Imperfetto and Passato prossimo
  • CI
  • Alterati (-ino and -one)
  • ————-
  • Né… né
  • Verbs farcela, sapere, andarsene
  • Comparison quanto/come
  • Passato prossimo Cominciare and Finire
  • Present conditional
  • Qualcuno-nessuno
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 24 to Sept 25 (10 WKS)
W 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (IN PERSON)
$390/term
July 27 to Sept 28 (10 WKS)
SA 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
Teacher: Valerio (ONLINE)
$380/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Espresso 2 Chapters 1-2-3
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Elementare 2
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Accepting/rejecting a proposal
  • Motivating a refusal
  • Making an appointment
  • Booking a play by phone

 

  • Expressing surprise and disappointment
  • Inquiring about something
  • Asking about the duration of a trip
  • Asking for the price

 

  • Interactions on a social media
  • Expressing needs
  • Talking about food and eating habits
  • Commenting the taste of food
  • Expressing opinions

GRAMMAR

  • Progressive form stare + gerundio
  • Direct pronouns and avere (ce l ’ho)
  • Agreement between direct pronouns and past participles
  • Adverbs già / non… ancora
  • Position of direct and indirect pronouns with infinitive verbs
  • Relative pronouns che and cui
  • Tranne

 

  • Imperfetto VOLERE
  • SAPERE e CONOSCERE Imperfetto and Passato prossimo
  • Imperfetto vs Passato prossimo
  • Volerci

 

  • Quello che
  • Irregular Imperative (tu)
  • Negative Imperative (tu)
  • Verb Servire
  • Position of pronouns with the imperative (tu)
  • Informal imperative (irregular verbs)
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 22 to Sept 30 (10 WKS)
M 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 27 to Sept 28 (10 WKS)
SA 9:00 - 11:00 am PST
Teacher: Jimmy (IN PERSON)
$390/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Espresso 2 Chapters 4-5-6
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Elementare 3
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Talking about health issues
  • Description of symptoms
  • Confirming a possibility
  • Giving advice about health
  • Giving advice about sport activities Talking about workout habits
  • Trying to convince someone

 

  • Talking about the future
  • Talking about wishes and plans for the future
  • Writing a letter for a job
  • Suppositions
  • Conditions
  • Talking about work

 

  • Apologize
  • Telling a story
  • Telling what happens in a specific moment
  • Showing curiosity about a story and the person who tells the story
  • Expressing disappointment

GRAMMAR

  • Imperative (Lei and voi)
  • Negative Imperative (Lei and voi)
  • Position of pronouns with the imperative (Lei)
  • Comparative and superlative of buono and bene
  • Nouns in -tore and -ista
  • Some nouns with irregular plural

 

  • Futuro semplice
  • Bisogna
  • Metterci with the meaning avere bisogno di tempo
  • Periodo ipotetico della realtà (se + present tense or future)
  • Pronouns la and le

 

  • Mentre/Durante
  • Stare per + infinitive
  • Passato prossimo of modal verbs
  • VOLERE-DOVERE-POTERE
  • Conjunctions però, quindi, perchè, mentre, quando
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
July 22 to Sept 30 (10 WKS)
M 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Gianna (ONLINE)
$380/term
July 25 to Sept 26 (10 WKS)
TH 6:00 - 8:00 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$380/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Espresso 2 Chapters 7-8-9
Book 2 Grammar (recommended)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Reading Book
Baci da Venezia, Daniela Folco
Alessia T 11am-1pm PST
Elementare 4
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COMMUNICATIVE CONTENT

  • Description of an apartment
  • Expressing needs and wishes
  • Being for or against specific subjets
  • Comparisons

 

  • General review

GRAMMAR

  • The adjective Bello
  • Present subjunctive (regular verbs)
  • Present subjunctive (some irregular verbs)
  • Usage of subjunctive to express necessity, hope, personal opinion
  • Comparative più… di/che
  • Adverb Magari
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Aug 20 to Sept 24 (6 WKS)
T 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Alessia (ONLINE)
$225/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Espresso 2 Chapter 10 + General review
Book 2 Grammar (mandatory)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Conversazione Elementare
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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
June 15 to July 13 (5 WKS)
SA 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$170/term
uly 20 to Aug 17 (5 WKS)
SA 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
Teacher: Jimmy (ONLINE)
$170/term
Aug 24 to Sept 21 (5 WKS)
SA 10:00-11:30 am PST
Teacher: Mattia (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 29h 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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