“Il fiore all’occhiello,” the “Pride” of the Italian Cultural Society is its Italian Language Program (ILP).
Founded in 1974, with contributions from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Language Program supports the primary mission of the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC namely: “the promotion and diffusion of Italian Language and Culture.”
Since January 2013, the Italian Cultural Society is no longer engaged in managing educational matters for the Embassy, and our language program is now one of the leading private language schools in the metropolitan area, focused on educating a growing learning community of adults, teenagers and children.
All our teachers are native Italian speakers and experienced in teaching Italian as a second language. They also attend periodical training workshops to ensure we offer current and qualified methods of teaching. Each course is designed around the needs and interests of the participants. Culture is an essential part of the courses from the beginner levels, and advanced students can deepen their knowledge of History, Literature, Cinema, Opera, Art, Food, Travel, and much more. We recently added Latin classes, and other cultural classes in English.
Beginners with no previous knowledge of Italian should register for Beginners 1 (A1). Learners with previous knowledge of Italian can identify their level from the following definitions of the CEFR, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the (301) 215-7885 to determine which course is appropriate for them.
The curricula of our language classes are designed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is an internationally recognized framework that describes 6 levels of language ability from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. The CEFR is used by organizations all over the world as a reliable benchmark of language ability.
|A1||Can understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.||Can understand basic notices, instructions or information.||Can complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.|
|A2||Can express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.||Can understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.||Can complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.|
|B1||Can express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.||Can understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.||Can write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.|
|B2||Can follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.||Can scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.||Can make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.|
|C1||Can contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.||Can read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.||Can prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.|
|C2||Can advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.||Can understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.||Can write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.|
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For information regarding the Italian Language Program send an email to: email@example.com or call: (301) 215-7885.Student Reviews: “The ICS is the source for not only learning to speak the Italian language, but also for discovering Italy in its history, arts, and culture. Under the new leadership of Francesca Casazza, the Italian Language Program has had an innovative transformation with an approach to learning the Italian language that is both inviting and educational.”As a novice student having taken Francesca’s classes, I have learned tremendously and gained an affability to pursue the Italian language to its fluency. Francesca’s style of teaching is a model for language teachers alike, as she incorporates a scholastic way of teaching that is fun for anyone learning a language, while allowing the student to feel confident in his/her ability to learn (even when I make many mistakes speaking).If you want to learn Italian, come to the Italian Cultural Society of DC.” – Adhafera R., 9/11/2014 “I took an elementary italian class with Cristiana Fabiani and it was excellent. The class consisted of a diverse group of adults and we had a fun and educational experience learning italian. Cristiana did an excellent job of teaching. I highly recommend the Italian Language Program and I am taking the follow-on class”. – Richard S., 12/8/2014 “Just completed Beginners Italian with the Italian Cultural Society on Rugby Ave in Bethesda. Great experience, small class (5), excellent teacher (Maura), very valuable. I’m quite impressed with what I’ve learned already. Recommend the Society highly — for Italian language, art, current events, cooking, food/wine pairings. Intimate atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, great teachers, lots of fun. Even parking is easy!”– Linda Schmitt, 2/19/2015 “Dear Francesca, I just wanted to write to you to tell you what a wonderful experience it was to take the Elementary 1 Italian Class this fall with Carlo. It was an exceptional group of students and Carlo was an exceptional teacher. He made us work very hard, both with grammar work, writing and oral presentations and he also was extremely interesting and informative in discussing a variety of topics on Italian history and culture. As a former language teacher, I can say that Carlo’s presentation of the grammar concepts was very clear and helpful and he was able to engage the whole class not just with the grammar but other topics as well. I think I speak for everyone in the class in hoping that Carlo will be the teacher of the second half of the class in January. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and I look forward to being back at the ICS in January. All the best,” – Joe Peacock, 11/30/2015 “Dear Carola, I can’t thank you enough for this extremely well thought out and creative lesson plan! I am very impressed and grateful that you are the boys teacher. Teaching this age group requires patience, energy and a lot of fun. Thank you for embodying all three of these qualities already after only one class. I look forward to my sons learning Italian with you! Best,” – Michael B., 1/15/2018