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CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Fall Session 2017

Collina Italiana

Fall Session for Adults

Grammar and Conversation: 10-2-hour classes, $480


Note: Language classes may be started in mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule.

Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for more information.


Click here to register online.

Note: CI offers only 1-hour private make-up class per course. (Payment in full is required.)



Level 1 is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics, verb conjugations (present tense), and common phrases. 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.

Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: September 11 – November 13

Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: September 12 – November 14


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 master the past tenses and study grammar through in-class oral and written exercises and by listening to dialogues in Italian that is spoken today.

Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: September 15 – November 17


Focusing on the future tenses, new vocabulary, and adverbs, students engage in extended conversations and continue to write descriptively including letter writing about themselves and others. 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.

Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: September 11 – November 13


Students master the present, past, and future tenses as well as direct/indirect speech enabling them to fine-tune their conversation skills. The use of the comparative and superlative, idiomatic expressions, and higher-level vocabulary trigger language flexibility in students so they may begin to express more complex thoughts and ideas in Italian and increase overall language comprehension. By the end of Level 4 students grasp the breadth and depth of Italian grammar and are able to apply it.

Thursday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:  September 14 – November 16


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 the conditional and subjunctive tenses, slang, pronunciation and phonetics, and writing. The class is dedicated to listening and speaking exercises with a focus on increasing the fluidity of conversation.

Wednesday 6:30 am – 8:30 pm: September 13 – November 15


Students continue to conjugate complex verbs and study grammar – all put into practice during in-class conversation and writing exercises; In addition, there are oral and written homework assignments. Students can express ideas, read a variety of texts, and interact with ease in Italian with classmates and the teacher. There are multiple screenings of films and videos, discussion topics, and written work.

Friday  6:30 am – 8:30 pm: September 15 – November 17


Students are introduced to the various forms of the subjunctive that are commonly used in spoken and written Italian. They learn complex idiomatic sentences combined with conditional and subjunctive tenses to express themselves at a near-native level. A lot of time in class is devoted to increasing comprehension and listening skills as well as vocabulary. Assignments in reading, writing, and oral presentations give students the tools to communicate in every given situation.

Monday  6:30 am – 8:30 pm: September 11 – November 13


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!

Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: September 13 – November 15

LEVEL AD (Conversazione)

Saturday  10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Ongoing class (5-2-hour classes, $240)

2 thoughts on “CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Fall Session 2017”

  1. I have studied Italian and consider myself to be at an advanced level, but would like to take a placement test.

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