Italian Classes for Adults

Italian Classes for Adults may be started mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule. Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for more information.

Grammar and Conversazione


10-2-hour classes, $480

Note: CI offers only 1-hour private make-up class per course: $45/h instead of $90/h. (Payment in full required.)


LEVEL 1 (A1)

Level 1 is designed for students who need basic Italian knowledge. The course provides students with a foundation and basic tools to interact effectively in everyday Italian. Students can expect to master simple sentences to hold beginning level conversations.

GRAMMAR: Alphabet, Nouns, Adjectives, Prepositions, Verbs to be and to have, Present tense (Regular and Irregular Verbs)

LEVEL 2 (A1+)

Engaging students in more advanced beginning conversation and writing skills, Level 2 is designed for those who want to go beyond a basic knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar. Students study the language through in-class oral and written exercises.

GRAMMAR: Present Continuous, Direct object pronouns, Reflexive and Reciprocal verbs, Present perfect

LEVEL 3 (A2)

Focusing on the future tenses and new vocabulary, students engage in extended conversations. Level 3 reinforces the basic rules of grammar and introduces new tenses and how to use them. Video and song are incorporated into the class to continue learning a more modern Italian.

GRAMMAR: Future tense, Indirect object pronouns, Verb to like, Imperfect, Difference between present perfect and imperfect

LEVEL 4 (B1)

Students master the present, past, and future tenses to fine-tune their conversation skills. By the end of Level 4 students grasp the breadth and depth of Italian grammar and are able to apply it in different situations.

GRAMMAR: Comparatives and superlatives, Conditional present and past, Double objects pronouns

LEVEL 5 (B1+)

Level 5 enables students to converse with native Italian speakers, to tell stories, and effectively summarize a movie or article. Students study advanced grammar, such as subjunctive tenses. The class is dedicated to focus on increasing the fluidity of conversation.

GRAMMAR: Adverbs, Subjunctive present/past/imperfect/past perfect, Particles ci and ne, Imperative, Impersonal Construction

LEVEL 6 (B2)

Students learn complex idiomatic sentences combined with conditional and subjunctive tenses to express themselves – all put into practice during in-class conversation and writing exercises. Students can express ideas, read a variety of texts, and interact with ease in Italian with classmates and the teacher.

GRAMMAR: If clauses, Relative pronouns che and cui, Past Perfect, Formal imperative

LEVEL 7 (B2+)

Students master the various forms of the verbs’ tenses that are commonly used in spoken and written Italian, at a near-native level. Assignments in reading, writing, and oral presentations give students the tools to communicate in every given situation.

GRAMMAR: Passive Voice, Historical past, Indefinites, Sequence of tenses in the indicative

LEVEL 8 (C1)

You made it! Level 8 faces all hypothetical constructions, combining gerunds, conditionals, and subjunctive tenses including pronouns and direct/indirect objects. Students exhibit mastery over the language: they can write professional letters as well as give public speeches without any doubts or fears. With this class you can call yourself “a true Italian”; nothing will scare you anymore. You can pack your suitcase and move to Italy.

GRAMMAR: Indirect Speech in present and past tenses, Past anterior


 Language Intensive Workshop

8-2-hour classes, $390


It is a 2-week intensive Italian language course. Class meets four times a week from Monday – Thursday.

Beginner: It is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics, common phrases and expressions, basic dialogues, and grammar. The course provides students with a foundation and basic tools to interact effectively in everyday Italian.

Survival Kit Classes

4-90-minute classes, $290


It addresses a traveler’s need for basic conversation skills in Italian before taking off from the airport.

Learn how to introduce yourself and others in Italian, ask for directions and information, reserve a hotel room or make a dinner reservation, order in a restaurant or bar, shop, visit museums, etc:

– How to introduce yourself: “Ciao, come stai?”

– How to ask for information, or get someone’s attention in a shop: “Senta, scusi!”

– How to book a hotel room: “Posso prenotare una camera?”

– How to order in a restaurant: “Che cosa prende?”

Private Tutoring

Please inquire about our private and semi-private Italian classes. Collina Italiana offers private classes both on- and off-site.

Private classes are very flexible. The instructor will help you customize classes according to your needs and goals.


Italian Movie Nights

Italian movies while enjoying some wine and snacks.

Italian cinema is mostly known for its Neo-Realism period (embodied in the masterpieces by Vittorio De Sica) and the brilliant films of Federico Fellini. Yet, Italian Cinema is so much more. Since the beginning of the history of film, Italian Cinema has continually introduced innovative directors and talented actors, screenwriters, composers, set designers, and costume designers to the world.

All films are in Italian and subtitled (English or Italian).


FEE: you can purchase 1 movie or a package of 5 movies (to be selected in advance).

Please click HERE to book tickets.

Mysteries of Italian Art

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello … Italian artists have produced some of humanity’s greatest art, images that convey the vast range of human experience.
Looking closely at paintings and sculpture from ancient to contemporary Italy, Collina Italiana students will investigate objects from the world’s most important collections, learning about Italian history and culture in the process.
The series includes celebrated and lesser-known masterpieces, selected to provoke curiosity and inspire lively conversation—in other words, fun!

The five sessions will meet once a month for a 90-min session, with a break for prosecco and snacks.

All session are in Italian and English.


Online Classes

online2Learn Italian at home or from your office with our online classes (Skype Voice Call offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced level). Material will be sent by email.



GROUP CLASSES: All requests for full refunds must be submitted to Collina Italiana by email and received by CI prior to the first day of class. Prorated refunds are allowed after the first class but no refund is given after the second class. There is a $20 fee for mid-semester class changes. Please take into consideration that CI does not prorate any fee for missed classes: you can schedule a 1-1hour private lesson for $45 as a make-up class.

PRIVATE CLASSES: The fee is charged in full if cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance.

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Placement Exam

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Locations & Contact

Collina Italiana