Kids & Teens programs

Empower your kids to shape their future

Our online children's classes are designed to introduce them to Italian sounds and everyday vocabulary.
These classes promote an engaging learning experience centered around a child's daily life, incorporating songs, movements, arts and crafts, and storytelling.
Our passionate teachers are dedicated to creating a positive, engaging, and fun online environment to facilitate your child's learning journey.

The Programs
2-4 years old
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In these classes, toddlers will be immersed in Italian sounds and everyday vocabulary through a variety of sensory activities that are designed for very young children. 

Classes are open to toddlers who are approaching Italian for the first time as well as those who are growing up in an Italian-speaking family.

The activities, and consequent contacts and interactions, can promote child and parent bonding.

One parent or caregiver must attend class with the child.

MATERIALS: Some printouts included in the cost of the course + notebook and colors

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Feb 13 to Mar 12
T 3:00 - 3:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$110/course
Apr 2 to Apr 30
T 3:00 - 3:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$110/course
4-7 years old
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In these classes, children will reinforce their vocabulary and exposure to Italian sounds and everyday words through a variety of activities that include tracing, coloring, singing, and crafting. 

Classes are open to children who are approaching Italian for the first time as well as those who are growing up in an Italian-speaking family.

 

The activities, and consequent contacts and interactions, can promote child and parent bonding.

One parent or caregiver must be in the same room with the child.

MATERIALS: Some printouts included in the cost of the course + notebook and colors

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Feb 14 to Mar 13
W 4:00 - 4:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$110/course
Apr 3 to May 1
W 4:00 - 4:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$110/course
8-10 years old
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In these classes, children will reinforce their vocabulary and exposure to Italian everyday vocabulary and sentences through a variety of activities that include reading, writing, coloring, and crafting. 

Classes are recommended for kids who are learning Italian as a second language and are not growing up in an Italian-speaking family.

One parent or caregiver is encouraged to be in the same room with the child.

MATERIALS: Notebook and colors

BOOKS:

  1. Dimmi! 1
  2. Dimmi! 2
AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Feb 13 to Mar 12
T 4:00 - 4:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$100/course
Apr 2 to Apr 30
T 4:00 - 4:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$100/course
10-13 years old
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In these classes, kids will reinforce their vocabulary and exposure to Italian everyday vocabulary and sentences through a variety of activities that include reading, and writing, using games, videos and other fun interactive activities

Classes are recommended for kids who are learning Italian as a second language and are not growing up in an Italian-speaking family.

One parent or caregiver is encouraged to be in the same room with the child.

MATERIALS: Notebook and colors

BOOK: “Espresso Ragazzi 1

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Feb 13 to Mar 12
T 4:30 - 5:15 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$130/course
Apr 2 to Apr 30
T 4:30 - 5:15 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$130/course
Italian for Teens
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Our teacher Francesca will work passionately to deliver top-notch classes in a fun and engaging way.

She will promote interactions in Italian while role-playing daily activities to encourage her High School students to speak and spark their creativity. The goal of this course is to improve communication and comprehension thanks to a fun curriculum, engaging activities and games, and a positive teaching philosophy.

To increase exposure, classes are taught in Italian as much as possible.

OBJECTIVES MAIN VOCABULARY SUPPORTING STRUCTURES
  • Greet someone
  • Introduce themselves, and others
  • Ask and answer simple questions
  • Say what is there around them and talk about people’s belongings
  • Describe themselves and others
  • The Alphabet
  • Greetings Numbers
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Wh question words
  • Days, months, and seasons of the year
  • Some nouns (e.g. school objects, family members, animals and pets)
  • Some adjectives (colors, emotions, basic descriptions)
  • Verbs: chiamarsi, essere and avere with their uses
  • Nouns and adjectives gender and number
  • Introduction to indefinite articles and agreement
  • c’è and ci sono

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize and name letters of the alphabet
  • Recognize and name countries and nationalities
  • Greet people and identify greeting customs in different countries and related body language
  • Ask and answer simple questions: name, age, nationality…
  • Count up to the thousands
  • Introduce themselves and others
  • Tell time and date
  • Make a list of objects they often use with c’è and ci sono

MATERIALS: notebook and pen

BOOK: “Espresso Ragazzi 1

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Apr 4 to Jun 6
TH 4:15 - 5:15 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$210/course
AP Tutoring
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Our AP tutoring classes are thought to provide an extra layer of support to students preparing for their exam.

In our condensed course they will revise essential vocabulary and grammar and practice with the exam format and content. 

Our devoted instructors work passionately to deliver top-notch classes in a fun and engaging way. Classes are taught in Italian as much as possible. 

 

7 lessons, once a week, on Mondays from 3.30 pm PST for 1 hour.

Classes dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 and final simulation on 4/29.

The course is meant for students preparing to take the AP Italian Exam on May 13th, 2024. 

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Mar 18 to Apr 29
M 3.30 - 4:30 pm PST
Teacher: Francesca (ONLINE)
$370/course
School of the Madeleine - Special Program
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A personalized program for the students enrolled in the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley.

3 Terms of classes:

  • Italian Winter Wonderland – from 12/6 to 2/7
  • Italian Carnival Extravaganza – from 2/12 to 4/10
  • Italian Spring is in the Air – from 4/15 to 5/22

 

Classes are divided by school grade (Kindergarden to 8th) and level (L1 – native speakers and L2 – second language).

For more information, please contact directly the School by calling 510-526-4744 or sending an email to madmary@themadeleine.com.

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Apr 15 to May 20
M 3:15 - 4:00 pm PST
Teacher: K-3rd (native)
$100/course
Apr 15 to May 20
M 4:00 - 4:45 pm PST
Teacher: K-3rd (non-native)
$100/course
May 1 to May 22
W 2:15 - 3:00 pm PST
Teacher: 4th-8th (native)
$70/course
May 1 to May 22
W 3:00 - 3:45 pm PST
Teacher: 4th-8th (non-native)
$70/course
Spazio Italiano - Children IN PERSON Programs
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Spazio Italiano is an Italian language center for children and their families located in San Francisco (North Beach).

Spazio Italiano offers full Italian immersion programs for kids, 9 months to 16 years of age, as well as parent participation in an intimate, well-designed space.

 

For more information and to register to their IN PERSON programs, check their website, write an email to info@spazioitalianosf.com or call +1 415 573 9542.

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

To get these discounts, send an email to italianschool@sfiis.org
DURATION
Various number of weeks, depending on the level and age. Check the specific group age for more information.

Let our students speak for us!

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!”
IL MIO POSTO FELICE!!!!
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.”
IL MIO POSTO FELICE!!!!
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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