The regular program runs throughout the year on a quarterly basis. Classes are offered on week nights and on Saturday mornings. The language program is organized in seven academic levels and it utilizes the same book for all the levels.
BEGINNER ITALIAN I – for absolute beginners
Goal: This course gives students the basic tools needed to successfully understand and communicate in Italian. At the completion of this course students should be able to greet others, introduce themselves, talk about themselves and others, and describe people, things, and places.
Grammar: Pronunciation, subject pronouns, c’è (there is) and ci sono (there are), indicative present tense of essere (to be), avere (to have), articles, gender and plural of nouns, numbers 0-49.
BEGINNER ITALIAN II – for students with a very basic knowledge of Italian
Goal: this course build on Beginner Italian I and provides students a stronger and wider skills set necessary to understand, speak, read and write in Italian. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about the Italian education system, to order and to talk about food and drinks, as well as discuss common activities, leisure time, trip planning, daily life.
Grammar: reinforcement and practice of tenses of the indicative mood, irregular verbs in –are, prepositions, partitive, adjectives and adverbs of quantity.
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I – for students with a fairly good command of Italian
Goal: this course builds on Beginner Italian II and provides students a stronger and wider skill set necessary to understand, speak, read and write in Italian. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about the family and traditions, trip reservation and planning.
Grammar: reinforcement and practice of tenses of the indicative mood; irregular verbs in -ere, -ire; possessive adjectives, direct pronouns, present perfect with essere or avere.
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II – for students with a good command of Italian
Goal: this course builds on Intermediate Italian I. At the end of the course students should be able to talk about money and time, media.
Grammar: reflexive verbs, indirect pronouns, imperfetto tense and the use of imperfetto versus passato prossimo, pluperfect tense and adverbs.
ADVANCED ITALIAN I – for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tools to be able to talk in detail about Italian fashion, weather and time, vacation planning, house and furniture.
Grammar: the course will be focused on imperative and demonstrative adjectives will be studied, future tense, verb piacere, ne and ci, double pronouns.
ADVANCED ITALIAN II – for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tools to talk in detail about trades and professions, geographical descriptions, sports.
Grammar: conditional mood, present and past, comparatives and superlatives, relative pronouns and indefinite pronouns, negative expressions, gerund and progressive form.
ADVANCED ITALIAN III – for students with strong command of the language
Goal: to give students the tools to talk in detail about health, environment; music, art and theater.
Grammar: remote past, verbs and verbal expressions with infinitive, subjunctive mood; present and past subjunctive of irregular verbs; conjunctions and subjunctive; subjunctive imperfetto and pluperfect; how to use all the subjunctive tenses in complex sentences.
The TEXTBOOK utilized for all seven levels is Ciao! 8th Edition.