Learn Italian through our innovative curriculum and interactive model. Truly speak the language! Many students go from beginner to advanced level.

Note: Not all courses offered each session

1(a) of each language only offered for 12-week sessions (fall and spring)

The grammar concepts and vocabulary modules incorporated into our Beginner Italian curriculum come to life in real life cultural contexts through a film trailer chosen for each course!

Italian I (A): This introductory course follows a standard curriculum for the complete beginner. Students will learn about greetings and introductions, pluralizing, subject pronouns, the informal and formal registers (tu/Leidistinction), numbers, etc., while covering basic present tense verb families. Using structures such adjectives, regular and irregular verbs such as essere,avere, and esserci, students will gain skills in describing people and objects in the surrounding world. Students will practice these vocabulary and grammar topics through exercises paired with the trailer for the film La grande bellezza(Paolo Sorrentino, 2013).

Italian I (B): This course is for those students who have taken Italian I (A), or for those who have had some exposure to their target language, typically 20-30 hours, or up to one semester. The course will begin with a review of I (A), and furthers students’ familiarity with the present tense indicative -ire verb conjugation. Students then proceed to vocabulary themes such as the house and home (casa dolce casa), and food shopping in an Italian market. Grammar points such as the present progressive , possessive adjectives, the modal verbs volere, potere, and dovere, and common irregular verbs will also be covered. Students will practice these vocabulary and grammar topics through exercises paired with with the trailer for the film Pranzo di ferragosto (Gianni Di Gregorio, 2008).

Italian II (A): This course begins with a review of the main points of what is taught in the Italian I (A) and (B) sequence. Students enrolling in Italian II (A) can expect to build upon their knowledge and to move on to more complex tenses and grammatical structures. Throughout twelve weeks, students will learn vocabulary regarding the family, personal relationships, and cooking. While implementing their growing knowledge of vocabulary, they will begin to master Italian grammatical structures such comparing two or more objects by using thecomparativo and superlativo, describe their daily routines using reflexive verbs and adverbs, and express completed past actions using the Italian compound past tense, the passato prossimo. Throughout the course, students will enrich their knowledge of vocabulary themes and grammar topics through exercises with the trailer for the film Mine vaganti (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2010).

Italian II (B): This course begins with a review of the main grammar points covered in the previous course. Students of Italian II (B) will learn the imperfect tense (l’imperfetto) and how to tell a story using l’imperfetto and il passato prossimo. They will learn how to implement direct and indirect object pronouns in conversation, how to give simple commands, and how to use the past progressive verb tense. They will supplement their grammatical structures with vocabulary modules such as “hobbies, pastimes, and youth”, “furniture and house hunting”, as well as “health and sickness.” Throughout the course, students will gain ample communicative practice through various exercises centered upon the trailer for the film Magnifica presenza (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2012).

Italian Recap
Get the best review of our beginner sequence courses — Italian I(A), I(B), II(A), and II(B), or the equivalent of 1+ years of college-level instruction — in an entirely new, culturally relevant context and format! Using our signature, 21st-century multimedia approach, will prepare students for our intermediate-level courses, which use feature-length films. Like all of our courses, Italian Recap will focus on improving students’ speaking proficiency while still practicing all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The intermediate sequence, comprised of IIIs and IVs, brings language to life predominately through the use of modern film across a variety of genres. Films provide meaningful real-life context through an entertaining medium, while offering a solid foundation in all 4 language skills:

  • Dialogue (text for Reading Skills)
  • Role-play (Speaking skills)
  • Film (Listening & comprehension skills)
  • Engaging activities (Writing skills)

Films are not only an entertaining medium for building fluency, but they provide the “5th skill”, cultural competency. This intermediate sequence will begin with a review of narration in the past (preterite vs. imperfect) and future, and is designed to move the student toward more advanced nuances of the language such as the conditional and subjunctive modes.

Italian III (A): Set in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, Giorni e nuvole explores the financial struggles and emotional strain that occur after Michele loses his job. He and his wife Elsa are forced to give up their affluent lifestyle and cope with the tensions of moving into a smaller home, finding new work, making sacrifices, and creating a new life for themselves. A curated list of vocabulary modules will enrich grammatical lessons and guide students’ exploration of the film’s topics: vivere in città (life in the city), che fai nella vita? (professions, schooling, and interviews), and i nostri pareri (expressing opinions). In our discussions of the film we will incorporate the following grammatical structures: review of the imperfect and passato prossimo; the future tense and futuro di probabilità(future of probability); the conditional mood; review of comparative and superlative adjective forms; adverbs; the present subjunctive and Imperative moods

Italian III (B): La tigre e la neve, 2005. Roberto Benigni’s La tigre e la neveincorporates some of the same cultural aspects that made its predecessor, La vita è bella, an international success: love, war, laughter, and poetry. Students will discuss these topics through our vocabulary modules: la letteratura e la poesia (literature and poetry), l’ospedale e la salute (the hospital and health), and il mondo attuale (topics relevant to today’s world). Through the grammar points presented in this course, students will be able to express complex thoughts and gain preliminary exposure to literary texts. In Italian III (B) students can expect to cover the following: the si impersonale e passivante (the impersonal “si”); the past conditional mood; the imperfect subjunctive; Il periodo ipotetico (hypothetical statements); double pronouns. Vocabulary: La letteratura e la poesia; i racconti e le fiabe; il mondo attuale.

Italian IV (A): ‘Una giornata particolare’ / A Special Day, 1977. Set in 1938 during the height of Mussolini’s Fascist regime, Una giornata particolare gives viewers an intimate look into the daily lives of two individuals, Antonietta and Gabriele. Students will discuss the early history of Italian Fascism and the people it negatively impacted through vocabulary modules such as il linguaggio del fascismo (language and vocabulary of the Fascist regime) and le emozioni e i sentimenti (emotions and feelings). The following grammar presentations will aid students in expressing their ideas and opinions: review of the present subjunctive; the past subjunctive; conjunctions that require the use of the subjunctive; review of the imperfect tense; the pluperfect indicative, review interrogative pronouns.

Italian IV (B): Using the film Buongiorno Notte for its cultural context, this course picks up where Italian IV(A) left off. That is to say, it will focus on more complex grammatical structures such as reviewing the present and past subjunctive mood; learning the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive to give opinions on past events; reviewing the present conditional and learning the past conditional to express regrets or “would/could/should have” moments; the hypotheticals “If” statements (“If I were… I would…” and “If I had been…. I would have…”). Students will practice these through vocabulary and discussion modules: il terrorismo e le crisi, i movimenti politici e sociali, gli anni di piombo (the “years of lead” and 1970s Italy); and il governo e la politica italiana.

These classes are perfect for those students who already feel comfortable with the major grammar topics presented in the Beginner and Intermediate sequences, but want to reinforce their acquisition of their target language through interesting class discussions and real language exposure. Through a multi-media approach using film, literature, art, and music, we will discuss great (and sometimes infamous) figures as well as important moments in Italian history. The course will emphasize discussion and communicative skills while building the fifth skill: cultural competency. Students will engage in guided discussion and vocabulary building. They will also improve reading and writing skills through text analysis and translation, as well as their listening comprehension through song, video, and film while developing an in-depth cultural understanding.

Advanced Italian V(A): Our advanced Italian sequence is perfect for those students who already feel comfortable with the major grammar topics covered in all previous courses, but wish to continue to reinforce their Italian through interesting class discussions and real-life language exposure. The course will emphasize discussion and communicative skills. Through 4 unique units spanning several centuries, students will engage in guided discussion and vocabulary building. Through a multimedia approach, we will also build reading and writing skills through text analysis and translation, as well as listening comprehension through song, video, and film while developing an in-depth understanding of Italian culture.

Italian Cine Circle: A survey of contemporary Italian culture and language through film, FLC has designed this course for students who have completed our more advanced courses, or who are looking to continue the path to fluency beyond core grammar courses.  Students focus on fluidity of conversation through newly curated themes each session, such as this spring’s Italian selection ‘I grandi personaggi italiani” and this summer’s upcoming “A Road Trip through 21st Century Italy”.

While film-based, this course lends itself to plenty of further in-depth study, given the natural pairing with popular culture, current events, as well as multimedia content. The film selections and lesson plans will cover news events, interviews, and Italy’s changing face in the 21st century world, creating the foundation for discussing varied historical and social contexts.

Build language and cultural fluency while having fun!

This 1x per week course includes Saturday ‘Cafes’.

Unique FLC Content

12 Week Session

$ 635

Per Session
  • 23 classes, each 1.25 hours
  • All Saturday ‘Cafes’ during a session
    (11 Saturdays = $330 value!)
  • Access to Online Curriculum!
  • All of the session’s special events!
    (Wine tastings, film festivals etc.)
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