Intensive Courses

Course Structure

A course may last from 1 to 24 weeks. Each course meets from Monday to Friday in the morning or in the afternoon. Any student who is not an “absolute beginner” must take a written and an oral test on the first day of school, in order to be placed in the most appropriate level. Each level has a 4-week program. The courses, divided into 8 levels, aim to give students an accurate knowledge of written and spoken Italian and also a good expressive capacity. For this reason the structure (the grammar) as well as the practical side of the language, with particular attention to the correct and complete expression, is thoroughly covered at all levels.
An exam will be administered at the end of each 4/week course. At the end of the study period, students will receive a certificate for the levels or courses that they have successfully completed.


Sylvia Plyler Sylvia Plyler

Silvia Torres Silvia Torres

Stephanie Garstenauer Stephanie Garstenauer

Elementary Course

A) For absolute beginners. Elementary grammatical structures. Basic every-day expressions. Assimilation of the language for basic, but correct communication.
B) In-depth study of the grammatical elements for those who have already studied the language a bit. Analysis of the most common and necessary communicative situations.

Intermediate Course
A) Structural elements and higher level of conversation: forms of courtesy, hypothetical expressions and propositions, narration in past tense and descriptions.
B) Completion of grammatical structure and of the basic levels of communication: expressing opinions, hypothesis and consequences, impersonal form. First approach towards journalistic and literary language.

Intermediate-Advance Course
A) Assimilation of a deeper understanding of grammatical structures, particularly regarding the distinction between perfect and past tense and concordance of the tenses. In-depth study of the verbal forms and pronoun. Analysis of texts (journalistic and literary), exercises of comprehension and showing of videos.
B) Ulterior in-depth structural knowledge: subjunctive and implicit modes, hypothetical period and impersonal/passive mode. Free and structured discussion, confrontation of opinions, summary and presentation of texts. Readings and showing of films.

Advanced Course (with final diploma)
Syntax of the period: construction and transformation of sentences, rules of syntax, difference of morphemes. Working “on” the language: synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions. Working “with” the language: paraphrases, summaries, elaboration of texts.

Revision Course
This course is designed for those who wish to refresh their knowledge and keep up their practice after having mastered the language.

All the courses are reserved only for those who are enrolled in a language course.
The course must have a minimum of 3 students enrolled.