Our Italian courses are suitable for all language levels, from absolute beginner to advanced according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The first school day, students will start doing an entry test in order to define their knowledges of Italian and will then be placed in the Italian class most suited to their level.
The European standards divide the linguistic
competence in three broad divisions and six language levels: Base level
(A1 and A2), autonomy (B1 and B2) and full acquisition of the language (C1
A1 - elementary
It is the introducing level into a new and unknown language. This course
will focus on communicative aspects using the most simple ways to express
yourself in the daily routine like having a coffee in a bar or buying a
ticket for the train.
A2 - pre intermediate
Your linguistic abilities are going to improve, so that you get more
self-confident and can understand many simple expressions. It is called
the level of “survival”, because you manage more daily situations, for
example going to the supermarket, organizing your free time, renting an
apartment, writing a letter.
B1 - intermediate
With this level you can deal with daily situations without problems, now
you pay more attention to your way of making sentences and will strengthen
your linguistic skills. You can understand a simple conversation, though
not always in detail, and take part in it expressing your thoughts,
perhaps with some mistakes. You can understand the meaning of simple texts
and write short compositions.
B2 - pre advanced
When you reach the B2 Level you manage very well different social contexts,
both formal and private, both familiar and completely new. You speak more
fluently and it won’t be difficult to make comments on socio-cultural
topics as well. Now you can talk and write using complex sentence
structures without many mistakes.
C1 - advanced
You can describe things, concepts and thoughts fluently and naturally. You
are able to understand native speakers, even when they speak very fast and
about complicated topics. To improve your language skills you will deal
with the reading of specialist texts (e.g . Italian literature) in order
to acquire specialist knowledge and a new terminology.
C2 - superior/master
Now you express your thoughts with a correct grammar. You are flexible and
fast; you can express yourself fluently, spontaneously and precisely and
you can, and you can be engaged in any situation. You almost behave as an
Italian native speaker!