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IMPORTANT
CILS B1 CITTADINANZA exam on 22nd September - registration is now OPEN
See the Special Courses section below for more information.

Our July term will start online in our interactive virtual classrooms for weeks 1-5. We will return to physical classrooms after this if government guidelines state that it is safe and schoolrooms are available.
Beginner 1 (B1) courses below with the Venue marked as ONLINE are fully online courses. They will not transition to classrooms. I.e. the second half of these courses (B1+) will also be online.
Current courses marked may have a place available. Please contact us.

  Beginner 1,2 & 3

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=18-19 Southampton Place (Bloomsbury)    OS=Oxford Street
B1
Wednesday Morning  ONLINE 10:30-12:30 22 Jul
7 week course 2 hours per lesson
£173.00 (7 weeks) Book
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 14 Sep
B1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£81.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Morning  ONLINE 10:30-12:30 15 Sep
7 week course 2 hours per lesson
£173.00 (7 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 16 Sep
B1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£81.00 (5 weeks) Book
Saturday Morning  Provisionally online 10:30-12:30 19 Sep
7 week course 2 hours per lesson
£173.00 (7 weeks) Book
B1+
Thursday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 23 Jul
B1 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£81.00 (5 weeks) Book
B2
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 15 Jul
B2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Wednesday Morning  Provisionally online 10:30-12:30 23 Sep
7 week course 2 hours per lesson
£181.00 (7 weeks) Book
Thursday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 24 Sep
B2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
B2+
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 19 Aug
B2 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
B3
Monday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 13 Jul
B3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 14 Jul
B3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 30 Sep
B3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
B3+
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 17 Aug
B3 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 18 Aug
B3 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book

  Intermediate 1,2 & 3

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=18-19 Southampton Place (Bloomsbury)    OS=Oxford Street
I1
Monday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 13 Jul
I1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 14 Jul
I1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 28 Sep
I1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 29 Sep
I1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
I1+
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 17 Aug
I1 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 18 Aug
I1 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
I2
Monday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 20 Jul
I2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 28 Sep
I2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 29 Sep
I2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
I2+
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 24 Aug
I2 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
I3
Monday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 28 Sep
I3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book

  Pre-advanced/Advanced

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=18-19 Southampton Place (Bloomsbury)    OS=Oxford Street
PA1
Wednesday Evening  Currently online 18:00-19:30 15 Jul
PA1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
PA1+
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 18:00-19:30 19 Aug
PA1 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
PA2
Wednesday Evening  Currently online 18:00-19:30 15 Jul
PA2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 30 Sep
PA2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
PA2+
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 18:00-19:30 19 Aug
PA2 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
PA3
Tuesday Evening  Currently online 18:30-20:00 14 Jul
PA3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 30 Sep
PA3 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
PA3+
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 18:30-20:00 18 Aug
PA3 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
A1
Tuesday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 29 Sep
A1 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
A2
Thursday Evening  Currently online 19:00-20:30 16 Jul
A2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Thursday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 20 Aug
A2 2nd module (weeks 6-10)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book
Thursday Evening  Provisionally online 19:00-20:30 01 Oct
A2 1st module (weeks 1-5)
£85.00 (5 weeks) Book

  Special Courses/Workshops

CILS Exam & preparation

Since 4 December 2018 applications for Italian Citizenship, regardless of residence or marital status, need to include an Italian language certificate to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Italian language. This has to be to at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

The simplest way to achieve this certification is by taking the CILS B1 CITTADINANZA exam. This examination is normally divided into four parts: listening, reading and use of language, writing and speaking, and is a shorter version of the B1 standard exam, geared to citizenship application.

IMPORANT: For a limited period, due to the COVID pandemic, the University at Siena is allowing the B1 CITTADINANZA to take place as an oral only examination with no written part. The next exam will be on 22nd September 2020. Registration for this exam is now open.

If your spoken Italian is B1, or preferably higher, and you are interested in sitting this oral exam, please contact us as soon as possible. Places are limited, and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The exam fee is £137 which includes the UNISTRASI registration fee.

Later exam dates in 2020 are: 22nd October & 3rd December. These exams will be in the standard format of written + oral. If you wish to register for either of these dates, please contact us.

We also offer a B1 citizenship preparation course specifically aimed at the exam. This course requires that you have already reached this level of Italian. If you are not yet at CEFR B1 level, we have regular courses and private tuition all all levels so that you can study towards this level.

The B1 preparation course runs over 5 weeks, 1 lesson per week in the evening 18:45-20:45, each of 2 hours, for a total of 10 hours, and covers skills and strategies for the exam, a look at past papers, and practice tests. This course will take place in the run-up to the exam date. The course fee is: £240.

We also offer private tuition for students who prefer to have preparatory lesson on a one-to-one basis, rather than in a group

Please contact us for further information.



CILS exams are also available at other levels as below. If you need formal recognition of your competence at a given level of Italian, these are a way of certifying this. These exams are separate from the Citizenship exam decribed above. Any of these exams can be taken once you have reached the respective level by attending our regular courses and private tuition.

CILS A1
CILS A2
CILS UNO-B1
CILS DUE-B2
CILS TRE-C1
CILS QUATTRO-C2

Please contact us for further information.

Book Club

What is the Book Club about?

Perfect to converse and improve your Italian overall, the Book Club will be dedicated to the contemporary Italian detective novel. The two-sessions course will discuss the most famous authors and their works, with special attention on the detective figure they portray. In each lesson, there will also be activities to improve on your vocabulary, grammar and listening skills.

What is the session about?
This session will be dedicated to the comparison of three different contemporary detective authors: Antonio Manzini, Gianrico Carofiglio, and Carlo Lucarelli. The discussion will include a new reading by Carlo Lucarelli, ‘’Carta bianca’’, alongside with a selected scene from the homonymous episode which is part of the TV series ‘’Il commissario De Luca’’. In the session, students will have the chance to explore in depth Lucarelli and to compare him to the other two authors.

What will we cover?
L’incontro sarà focalizzato sulla narrativa gialla nella letteratura italiana contemporanea, in particolare sul confronto tra Manzini, Carofiglio e Lucarelli. Includeremo anche una nuova lettura ‘’Carta bianca’’ dell’autore Carlo Lucarelli. Proponiamo anche la visione di una breve scena dell’episodio ‘’Carta bianca’’, tratta dalla nota serie italiana ‘’Il commissario De Luca’’. Gli studenti avranno così la possibilità di esplorare la nuova figura di detective tratteggiata da Lucarelli e di paragonare tre autori fondamentali nel panorama del giallo italiano contemporaneo.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is entirely in Italian and you should have an intermediate / advanced knowledge of Italian.

Dates & Time
Sunday16th August at 15:30-16:30 ( Intermediate/Advanced)

Fee
£17 per session

The tutor
The tutor has a degree in Literature and is qualified to teach Italian to foreigners as LS and several years of experience in tutoring.

Please contact us for further information.

Pronunciation & Drama


Pronunciation & Drama

Would you like to improve your Italian accent and pronunciation? Would you like to learn how to blend words to make your sentences sound more like a native Italian? Would you like to immerse yourselves in the sound and rhythm of one of the most beautiful languages?

Improve, learn and consolidate your Italian with a difference. Through a series of lessons based on drama techniques, carried out by an Italian teacher with a degree and experience in drama and theatre, you will be encouraged to practice your comunication in Italian, pronunciation, and self confidence.

This is not a traditional class. So, don't bring books or dictionaries: the only thing that we need is you, your imagination and your creativity.

Relax, come to spend un 'giorno speciale' (a special day) with us, and let's have fun

Levels: all except complete Beginners.

Please contact us for more information

Italian through Art

Italian through Art

This workshop seeks to offer the opportunity to improve  the knowledge of the Italian Art  and language (if you know or study Italian) though art and visual stimuli and bespoke didactic material.  The  workshop is suitable to everybody as it will be given both in Italian and in English.

BLU

Colours have hidden meanings that influence our environment, our behaviours, our language and our imagination. They may also convey social prejudices as the act of seeing and perceiving is within cultures. A recent worldwide survey has revealed that blue is the most popular colour. However, this has not always been the case. In this workshop we will discover how this discreet hue gradually established itself in society and spread in artistic creation.

Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Online
Date: Saturday 8th August 2020

Level: For all levels. Students will be grouped according to their knowledge of Italian.
Class size: From a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 students per group.


Please contact us for more information

Italian through Cinema

Italian through Cinema

"Italian through cinema" is the perfect workshop to train and improve your Italian listening and speaking skills. By means of informative as well as interactive activities, you will learn a lot about some of the most important Italian directors and actors. While watching some of the most renowned films, you will be able to discuss several aspects of the Italian culture such as behaviours or clichés. Moreover, you will expand your vocabulary about cinema and you will learn how to express your opinion. The workshop is opened to everyone at an intermediate and advanced level.

In this specific session we shall look at the film Il Viaggio (see picture), a contemporary film by a well known Italian director, Arciero, who worked with Ettora Scola, about five people who, on board a train on its last trip know each other, collide, make friends and solve their personal issues finding out what's really important in life.

Please contact us for more information

Italian on Foot

Italian on Foot
Practise in the most natural way possible. One hour of this 1½ hour session will be spent talking in Italian with your teacher, whilst you stop in front of shops, in museums, and of course at an Italian bar where you carry on conversing over a coffee. What better than this?

Please contact us for more information

Conversation

Conversation
Our students love these sessions!

Our conversation workshops are super to improve, learn and consolidate your Italian with a difference. Perfect to refresh, consolidate and "let your Italian go" these workshops are very useful to enlarge your vocabulary, deal in social situations more confidently and to complement any Italian lessons. Through specific stimuli and activities you will be encouraged to practice your conversation and pronunciation in Italian, and speak more fluently.

Please see below for times and levels.


Conversation - Intermediate I1,I2,I3:
  
22/08/2020    12:00-12:45  (45 minutes)   £11.00  Book
Conversation - Beginner B2,B3:
  
22/08/2020    14:30-15:15  (45 minutes)   £11.00  Book
Conversation - End of Beginner B1:
  
22/08/2020    13:15-14:00  (45 minutes)   £11.00  Book

Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop
What will be covered?
The following is a general (not exhaustive) guide:

BEGINNER:
Present, Articles, Agreement adjectives/Nouns. Plus Present perfect depending on level.

UPPER BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE:
Present perfect vs Imperfect, Direct Pronouns, Reflexives. Plus Piacere.

UPPER INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED:
Combined Pronouns, Periodo Ipotetico (if clause),
Conditional. Plus Passive.

This is a great opportunity to firm up on your Italian grammar and consolidate your Italian language studies!

If you feel you could benefit from concentrating on Italian grammar, this course can put the finishing touches to your spoken and written skills.
Learn how to avoid errors, improve your spelling and raise your overall level of communication.

Grammar:
Grammar workshop

Grammar:
  
29/08/2020    10:30-11:30  (1 hour)   £17.00  Book

Italian through Cookery

Italian through Cookery
Language session + Cookery Workshop: (for learners of Italian, all levels).

These Italian and Cookery workshops will consist of 4 consecutive 1 hour online sessions on Saturdays, starting 25th April. The first 15 minutes are dedicated to teach some Italian vocabulary and grammar to participants. What is covered during the 15 minutes will be consolidated during the cooking demonstration given in both Italian and English. During the cooking lesson you can actively prepare, or simply relax and watch, a different Italian recipe in the comfort of your home. Our expert Italian "mamma", chef and tutor, will show you step by step how to cook easy and authentic Italian dishes, from starters to desserts. At the end of each session your kitchen skills with Italian food will have improved, you will have extended your knowledge of Italian when it comes to food

We will be donating 40% of all attendees event fees to the NHS.

Participants will be sent a list of the ingredients for each workshop, so those wishing to actively prepare the dishes during the session will be able to do so.

Fee: £20 per 1 hour session (minimum number: 6)
  1. 25th April, 10:30-11:30: In this 1st of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing a starter (antipasto) COMPLETED

    25th April, 12:30-13:30: In this 1st of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing a starter (antipasto) COMPLETED

  2. 2nd May, 10:30-11:30: In this 2nd of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing a special pasta dish
    COMPLETED

    2nd May, 12:30-13:30: In this 2nd of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing a special pasta dish
    COMPLETED

  3. 9th May, 10:30-11:30: In this 3rd of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing 'Torte Salate' (Savory pies)
    COMPLETED

    9th May, 12:30-13:30: In this 3rd of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing a 'Torte Salate' (Savory pies)
    COMPLETED

  4. 16th May, 10:30-11:30: In this 4th of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing an Italian dessert
    COMPLETED
    16th May, 12:30-13:30: In this 4th of 4 online workshops, we will be preparing an Italian dessert
    COMPLETED

Or contact us for more information





Italian Wine Tasting Workshop

Italian Wine Tasting Workshop
Italian wines are challenging and very different. Each region has its own variety, identity and style. Practising the fundamentals of wine you will discover why Italian wines are amongst the greatest wines in the world. You will learn and practise the vocabulary of wine and some information about Italian geography. At the end of the workshop you will be able to recognise the kind of wine and to express your opinion.

We are thrilled to have Fabio Turchetti present our workshop directly from Rome. Fabio is a food and wine journalist, who for 16 years wrote the wine column for ‘Il Messagero’, and currently for ‘La Repubblica’. Fabio also teaches at the Italian Chef Academy, and lectures for the Masters course of Food of Slow Wine.

On 3rd July, Fabio will be looking at Piedmont wines, Moscato d'Asti (white) and Nebbiolo d'Alba (red) - how to taste and appreciate the wine, food matching, some technical aspects of the wines and of course anecdotes.

The format of the Workshop will be a short 15 minute language session to cover some vocabulary and grammar related to Italian wines, followed by a 45 minutes session by Fabio on the wines themselves.  The workshop is presented in Italian but with some translation into English.

You do not have to buy any wine to take part in this workshop, but you will enjoy it more if you do as it will help you to engage with Fabio as he explains the characteristics of these two wines.

DATES:
Pinot Grigio & Chianti Friday 29th May, 18:15-19:15 COMPLETED
Pinot Grigio & Chianti Friday 5th June, 18:15-19:15 COMPLETED
Sicilian wines Friday 12th June, 18:15-19:15 COMPLETED
Sicilian wines Friday 19th June, 18:15-19:15 COMPLETED
Piedmont wines Friday 3rd July, 18:15-19:15 COMPLETED

The workshop fee is £21

Please contact us for more information

  Private/Corporate tuition

Private tuition

(1-to-1 or small group) allows you greater flexibility in learning and can more easily focus on the areas of interest or importance to you. For example:
  • General Italian GCSE, A-level
  • Law
  • Moving to Italy
  • Business
Our tutors come to your office or home.

Course fees:

At your home or office
No of students Lessons paid
individually
(per hour)
7.5 hours or more
paid in advance
(per hour)
 
1 £42 £40  
2 £46 £44 (shared between students)
3 £50 £48 (shared between students)

All tuition subject to a minimum 1½ hours per lesson unless otherwise agreed.
NOTE: Prices above include the tutor's travel expenses within London Zone
1 during off- peak hours.
If you require tuition in Zones 2+ or outside the London travel zones, and/or
the tutor has to travel during peak hours, we will be happy to quote for this.

Online
We can offer online tuition on different platforms (Skype, Face Time, our virtual classroom) depending on students' preferences and on whether is it 1-to-1 or 2/3-to-1 tuition.

All online tuition subject to a minimum 1 hour per lesson unless otherwise agreed.

In-house & Corporate tuition

We have a wide range of tuition methods, and employ enthusiastic, qualified and fully trained teachers to design training courses and deliver efficient language training in-house.

After an initial consultation with your company covering your current proficiency in Italian (if applicable) and your specific needs and and objectives, we will put together the most suitable language programme, including a feedback and assessment schdeule for your consideration.

Course fees:

Based on minimum of 7.5 hours paid in advance:
1 Student: £40 p.h.
2 Students: £44 p.h. (shared between the students)
3+ students: POA - we can offer competitive group rates.

NOTE: Travel expenses are applicable.

  Intensive courses

Intensive 4 day courses

DAYTIME:
Full immersion classes, for 15 hours over 4 days.
Tuesday 10:30-14:30
Wednesday 10:30-14:30
Thursday 10:30-14:30
Friday 10:30-13:30

EVENING:
Full immersion classes, for 16 hours, in two weekly 8 hour modules over 8 days.
Monday 18:45-20:45
Tuesday 18:45-20:45
Wednesday 18:45-20:45
Thursday 18:45-20:45

WEEKEND:
Full immersion classes, for 16 hours, in two weekend 8 hour modules. 3 hours on each 8-hour weekend will focus on Conversation.
Friday 18:45-20:45
Saturday 10:30-13:30
Sunday 10:30-13:30

Please contact us for more details.


Dates:
DAYTIME:
TBC - contact us

EVENING:

TBC - contact us

WEEKEND:
TBC - contact us


Course fees:
DAYTIME:
£215 (full course)

EVENING:
£110 (per module)

WEEKEND:
£120 (per module)



Venue:

Please contact us for more details.

  Italian GCSE, IB & A-levels

We offer private one-to-one tuition to your son or daughter to prepare them for their Italian GCSE, IB or A-level. We have experience with both the AQA and EDEXCEL curricula and aim to help your child achieve a top grade.

Tuition is on a one-to-one basis, and the lessons can all be face to face or a combination of this ad Skype video lessons.

If your child is aiming for a top grade in their Italian exam, please contact us for an assessment and to discuss further.

Fees: From £45 p.h.

NOTE: The tuition fee includes the tutor's travel expenses within London Zone
1 during off- peak hours.
If you require tuition in Zones 2+ or outside the London travel zones, and/or
the tutor has to travel during peak hours, we will be happy to quote for this.
Book Exam tuition

  Kids

Italians love children and your kids will love the Italian language!

Our classes are taught using games, songs, CDs and engaging activities that will immerse them in a second language - whilst having fun!

We offer both private individual or group lessons or in-school classes (as an extra-curricular "Italian Club"). We have successfully run several in-school classes in London at different levels, and if parents are interested, we offer termly 'excursions',for example to a local restaurant, where the kids can make and sample pizzas and try out their Italian!

If you think your child's school might be interested in having an Italian Club, please let us know and we can contact them to discuss organising one.

Tuition fees: Variable depending on the number of students.

Book Tuition for kids

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