You can use and understand Italian with ease, being verbal or written communication. You can take part in lengthy conversations and write and understand all texts. You can basically understand anything you read or hear with spontaneity, fluency and precision.

Program Structure

Register to a perfezionamento sub-levels:
Perfezionamento, Lettura & Grammatica
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You will strengthen your Italian knowledge using Nuovo Espresso 6 and reading an Italian novel chosen by your teacher. Your Italian will get stronger, perfectioning your grammar knowledge and your reading skills. 

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Jan 8 to Mar 18
M 6:30 - 8:30pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (IN PERSON)
$380/term
Jan 9 to Mar 12
T 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
Teacher: Barbara (IN PERSON)
$480/term
Jan 9 to Mar 12
T 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
Teacher: Luigi (ONLINE)
$480/term
Jan 10 to Mar 13
W 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
Teacher: Barbara (ONLINE)
$480/term
Jan 11 to Mar 14
TH 10:30am - 1:00pm PST
Teacher: Barbara (ONLINE)
$480/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Espresso 6
Book 2 Grammar (optional)
Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana
Reading Books
Il dio disarmato, Andrea Pomella
Mattia M 6:30 - 8:30pm PST
Il sosia, Marco Dominici
Luigi, T 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
Se questo è un uomo, Primo Levi
Barbara T 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
Le colpe dei padri, Alessandro Perissinotto
Barbara W 6:00 - 8:30pm PST
essico Famigliare, Natalia Ginzburg
Barbara TH 10:30am - 1:00pm PST
Caffe Corretto
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2 hours of reading, speaking and conversation at an advanced level, to enjoy speaking Italian as if you were having a cup of coffee with your Italian friends.

During this class, Mattia will help his students to achieve the goal of reading, speaking and having a conversation about a famous Italian book.

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Jan 9 to Mar 18
M 11:00am – 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (IN PERSON)
$400/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Caccia ai Tesori, Antonella Filippone and Sandra Radicchio
Leggiamo Insieme
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You will read along with your classmates high Italian literature novels, written by renowned Italian novelists, discussing their main points exclusively in Italian, under the guidance of your expert teacher Martina.

In the Winter Term students will read the novel “Acciaio” by Silvia Avallone in a total of 8 weeks, with a 1-hour class per week (11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST).

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Jan 11 to Feb 29
TH 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Teacher: Martina (ONLINE)
$165/term
TEXTBOOK
Reading Book
Acciaio, Silvia Avallone
Classics Book Club
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A series of 12 classes. 2 hours long, focused on studying, reading and discussing one of the main Italian classic literature novels.

In the Winter Term, the group will focus on “I promessi sposi” (“The Betrothed”), which was published in 1840 and is considered the first novel in the Italian literature. It has been read and studied by generations and is still considered very contemporary for its themes.

How has it influenced the history of Italy, and especially, what influenced Alessandro Manzoni to write this masterpiece after twenty years of crafting?

With our instructor, Mattia Milone, we will read through this Classic of Italian Literature and discuss the story, the plot, and the characters of a book that has defined literary tradition for the past two centuries.

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Jan 11 to Mar 28
TH 3:00 - 5:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (ONLINE)
$480/term
TEXTBOOK
Reading book
I Promessi Sposi, Alessandro Manzoni
Venerdi Letterario
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Venerdi’ Letterario is a special class we have created with Mattia, focused on enjoying reading and discussing the contents of a book, including its linguistic and grammatical aspects, most likely as a typical Literary Club.

During this class, Mattia will enjoy with his students the reading of a book and guide a discussion on its contents and connection to the Italian culture. 

AVAILABLE CLASSES
Dates
Day/time
Teacher
Price
Jan 12 to Mar 15
F 10:30 am - 1:00 pm PST
Teacher: Mattia (ONLINE)
$480/term
TEXTBOOK
Book 1 (mandatory)
Nuovo Contatto C1
Reading book
Il dio disarmato, Andrea Pomella
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.
DURATION
Group Classes
from 8 to10 week courses, classes meet once a week
Term 1
January 8th to March 16th
Term 2
April 1st to June 8th
Term 3
July 29th to September 28th
Term 4
October 9th to December 16th

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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