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CILS B1 CITTADINANZA exam on 2nd December 2021
Pre-register with us now for this exam.
See the Special Courses section below for more information.

Current courses marked may have a place available. Please contact us.

  Beginner 1,2 & 3

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=Bloomsbury   OS=Oxford Street
B1
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 13 Sep
£166.00 (10 weeks)
£86.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Wednesday Evening  MHS 19:00-20:30 15 Sep
In classroom
£176.00 (10 weeks)
£91.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Saturday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 02 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£182.00 (7 weeks) Book
Monday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 04 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£182.00 (7 weeks) Book
Monday Evening  ONLINE 18:45-20:45 25 Oct
2 hours per lesson
£166.00 (7 weeks) Book
Tuesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 26 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£176.00 (7 weeks) Book
Thursday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 28 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£176.00 (7 weeks) Book
B2
Tuesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 21 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 28 Sep
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Thursday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 07 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£190.00 (7 weeks) Book
B3
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 20 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 28 Sep
In classroom
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Thursday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 07 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£190.00 (7 weeks) Book

  Intermediate 1,2 & 3

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=Bloomsbury   OS=Oxford Street
I1
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 20 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Morning  ONLINE 10:30-12:30 21 Sep
2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 22 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
I2
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 22 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Thursday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 23 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
I3
Thursday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 23 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 28 Sep
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Saturday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 02 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£190.00 (7 weeks) Book

  Pre-advanced/Advanced

MHS=Marylebone High Street   B19=Bloomsbury   OS=Oxford Street
PA1
Wednesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 22 Sep
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 22 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
PA2
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 20 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 21 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Tuesday Evening  MHS 19:00-20:30 28 Sep
£184.00 (10 weeks)
£96.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Wednesday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 29 Sep
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
PA3
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 20 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
A1
Monday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 20 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 22 Sep
£184.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
A2
Monday Morning  ONLINE 10:30-12:00 20 Sep
£184.00 (10 weeks)
£96.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Wednesday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 22 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
Thursday Evening  ONLINE 19:00-20:30 23 Sep
£174.00 (10 weeks)
£90.00 (5 weeks)
Book
A1/A2
Monday Evening  MHS 18:45-20:45 27 Sep
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book
Monday Morning  OS 10:30-12:30 04 Oct
In classroom 2 hours per lesson
£184.00 (7 weeks) Book

  Special Courses/Workshops

CILS exams

CILS B1 CITTADINANZA exam
December 2 2021

You can register for this exam with us now!

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.

IMPORTANT: Due to the ongoing Covid situation, UNISTRASI (Università per Stranieri di Siena) have determined that this exam will be in oral-only format with no written part. The oral only is valid for citizenship applications. This is a good opportunity to take the Cittadinanza exam in a less demanding format than normal.

The simplest way to achieve this certification is by taking the CILS B1 CITTADINANZA exam.

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If your Italian is B1 (CEFR), or preferably higher, and you are interested in sitting the exam on December 2nd, please contact us.

IMPORTANT: Places are limited, and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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

Private tuition is available for students who prefer to have preparatory lessons on a one-to-one basis, rather than in a group.

December 2nd exam (preparatory course)
3 lessons, 29,30 November & 1 December. 1 hour each lesson + assignments (homework). £85. Mon-Wed 19:00-20:00

Please contact us for further information.

You can find more information about the exam and samples here.


CILS exams - other levels

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 described 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

Book Club

What is the Book Club about?

A perfect way to read (naturally!), converse, and improve your Italian overall, the Book Club will be dedicated to Italian literature. The Club will discuss the most interesting and famous Italian authors and their works, from classics to modern and contemporary books. Each session will deal with a different writer/period, and excerpts, or the entire book, will be read in advance. There will also be activities to improve on your vocabulary, grammar, listening and speaking skills.

What is the session about?
This Book Club session will be dedicated to the contemporary Italian novel 'l giardino dei Finzi-Contini', by Giorgio Bassani. Besides introducing this new author, we will also explore the original personality of the main characters belonging to Finzi-Contini family portrayed in the literary work. In the session, students will have the chance to practise their vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills.

What will we cover?

L’incontrò sarà focalizzato sul romanzo 'Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini' di Giorgio Bassani. Dopo aver un estratto del libro, gli studenti potranno esprimere il proprio punto di vista sui protagonisti e sull’autore del libro. Considerato uno dei migliori romanzi della letteratura Novecentesca, il romanzo racconta l’amore, l’amicizia, i progetti di vita di alcuni ragazzi ebrei di Ferrara, durante gli anni dell’università, mentre l’Italia si allea con la Germania ed entra in guerra. “Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini” è un romanzo sulla giovinezza e sull’amore, su un periodo che la tragedia futura incornicia e in qualche modo conserva per sempre.

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

Dates & Time
Last Sunday of every month (except August)!
Next Book Club: Sunday 26th September between 15:30-16:30 (Intermediate/Advanced)

Fee
£19 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.

Book Book Club 25 September 2021

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. This workshop is 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 communication in Italian, pronunciation, and develop self-confidence.

This is not a traditional class, no books are allowed - 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.

Level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced


Please contact us for more information

Italian through Art

Italian through Art - Viola

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.

In this workshop we will discover the plurivocal nature of the colour purple in society and art. Purple is at the far end of the visible colour spectrum. Both mysterious and expensive, it became the most sought after pigment in history. In this workshop we will discover how this sacred and regal hue established itself as a colour associated with magic and social change.

This workshop seeks to offer the opportunity to improve knowledge of 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.

Duration: 15.00-16.30 (1½ hours)
Location: Online
Date: 11 December 2021
Fee: £24

Level: For all levels. Students will be grouped according to their knowledge of Italian. The workshop will be given both in Italian and English.
Class size: From a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 students per group.

Book Art Workshop 11 December 2021

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.

This second workshop will take a look at the recent history of Italy through the eyes of director Marco Tullio Giordana and his award-winning film La meglio gioventù. We will practise and improve Italian by exploring what’s behind the movie and watching some scenes. The workshop is open to Intermediate & Advanced levels, and you don’t need to have attended the first workshop on this film to participate in this one.

It is highly recommended that you join the workshop having previously seen the film.



Italian Through Cinema:
  
02/10/2021    14:00-15:30  (1.5 hours)   £24.00  Book

Italian on Foot

Italian on Foot

(On demand, weekends and week daytime, from 21 June 2021)

Practise your Italian in the most natural way possible. 40 minutes of this 1 hour session will be spent talking in Italian with your teacher, whilst you stop in front of shops, parks and gardens (according to where the tour takes place) and of course at an Italian bar where you will carry on conversing over a coffee and recap all what you have learnt without effort with your specialised tutor. What better than this? Small groups or individually (all levels, apart from absolute Beginners).

Fee: £24 (in small groups) or ask for individual fees.


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. All sessions from Beginner1+ upwards.


Conversation - All levels from Beg1+:
  
27/09/2021    18.00-18:45  (45 minutes)   £12.00  Book
Conversation - All levels from Beg1+:
  
28/09/2021    18.00-18:45  (45 minutes)   £12.00  Book
Conversation - All levels from Beg1+:
  
29/09/2021    18.00-18:45  (45 minutes)   £12.00  Book
Conversation - All levels from Beg1+:
  
30/09/2021    18.00-18:45  (45 minutes)   £12.00  Book

Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop

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

What will be covered?

The following is a general (not exhaustive) guide:

The Grammar workshops will be online.

Beginner:
Present, Articles, Agreement adjectives/Nouns. Plus Present perfect depending on level.
Elementary:
The reflexives verbs in the present and past & when not to use them.
Intermediate:
Essere o avere - the use of the auxiliary to be and to have in the past tenses of tricky verbs such finire, cominciare, mancare, passare and more.
Advanced:
The modals (potere, dovere, volere) including past modals - could have, should have, will have.

Beginner:
  
16/10/2021  ONLINE  11:30-12:30  (1 hour)   £19.00  Book
Elementary:
  
16/10/2021  ONLINE  12:45-13:45  (1 hour)   £19.00  Book
Intermediate:
  
16/10/2021  ONLINE  14:00 -15:00  (1 hour)   £19.00  Book
Advanced:
  
16/10/2021  ONLINE  15:15 - 16:15  (1 hour)   £19.00  Book

Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop

The small group sessions will exclusively focus on written Italian. Each session is charged for 1 hour, half an hour of which will be spent with a tutor to work on pre-task activities, explore the building blocks of good writing and spelling exercises ("ortografia"). In each Zoom meeting the tutor will assign a different essay for the students to write at home and which will be individually corrected (hence the other 30 minutes of the hour). The tutor will help to identify areas for writing and structure development, with corrections and explanation of any grammar/spelling mistakes to enrich your vocabulary.

The essays will deal with different types of writing (creative writing, letters/emails, stories, reviews) and will be an invaluable help for CILS exam candidates, GCSE & A' level Italian students, or simply for anybody who likes to write and knows they would benefit from language inputs and advice to write in a foreign language.


Also the following aspects will be dealt with: Punctuation & Spelling

Duration: 30 minutes per session + 30 minutes homework assignment
Location: Online
Next dates: TBC
Fee: £21 (per session)


Improve your written Italian for exams – Special Edition

Especially ideal for all CILS candidates who would like to improve their written skills and get familiarised with the written part of the CILS exams, the workshop will focus on past papers practice and how to compose and address written complaints, job applications and request information in Italian. Also the following aspects will be dealt with:

  • Punctuation: full stops, semi colons, colons, commas, apostrophes and dashes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Proofreading
  • Adding variety to your sentences.
Duration: 30 minutes per session + 30 minutes homework assignment
Location: Online
Dates: TBC
Fee: £21 (per session)

Italian through Cookery

Italian through Cookery

“La cucina maleducata 2!”

If you missed our first successful session, you can join our second. If you want to learn more, join our cookery session and you will discover a whole world of fun (and some bad words)!
We will also prepare a couple of dishes whose name is peculiar and a tiny bit “rude”!

Everybody is welcome, whether you speak or study Italian or not!! The cookery workshop will be in both Italian and English, for learners of Italian at all levels.

Fee: £24 per session (minimum number: 6)

Duration: 75 minutes
Location: Online
Next dates: TBC
  


  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)
6 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 per lesson (face-to-face) or 1 hour per lesson (online) unless otherwise agreed.

NOTE: For face-to-face (in person) tuition within London Zones 1 & 2, there is a flat-rate charge of £4 per lesson to cover the tutor's travel expenses. If you require tuition outside Zones, or outside the London travel zones, please notify us of this and we will be happy to quote the appropriate rate for travel.

Online
We can offer online tuition on different platforms depending on students' preferences and on whether is it 1-to-1 or 2/3-to-1 tuition. Please ask us for our online tuition rates.

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 schedule for your consideration.

Course fees:

Based on minimum of 9 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 for face-to-face lessons.

  Intensive courses

Intensive EVENING courses (online)
Courses: Each course is 7.5 hours in total

Please contact us for more details.
Level: Subject to a minimum of 4 students at any given level
Course Fee: £110
Venue: Online
Intensive 5 day DAYTIME course (face-to-face)
Courses: 5 days in total (15 hours):
Monday to Friday 10:30-13:30

Please contact us for more details.
Level: Subject to a minimum of 4 students at any given level
Course Fee: £235
Venue: Marylebone High Street/Oxford Street
 
Intensive 5 day EVENING course (face-to-face)
Courses: 5 days in total (10 hours):
Monday to Friday 18:30-20:30

Please contact us for more details.
Level: Subject to a minimum of 4 students at any given level
Course Fee: £155
Venue: Marylebone High Street/Oxford Street

  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 and online 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.
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  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.

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