ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES
Learn the basics of Italian culture alongside appreciation for history, art, and architecture.
All levels, from beginners to advanced and native Italians. Starting Sept. 18th
1. LANGUAGE COURSES
The objective of our courses is to develop comprehension and speaking skills. To reach this goal, we organize the kids in small groups, and give the personal attention the child needs, according to age and level. Children will speak, read and write using traditional methods, but also will learn vocabulary and grammar by playing and moving, using the Total Physical Response approach. They will learn Italian culture and traditions by creating artwork, singing songs, watching videos, and other activities appropriate for their age. Children and teens are properly stimulated in order to develop a positive attitude towards the learning of the Italian language. All the instructors are native speakers and trained to teach Italian as a second language, among their high level preparation.
We offer language courses for any level, from beginners to advanced, which include native Italians. Our program aims to develop written and oral communication and teach the basics of Italian culture. Classes include Grammar, Mythology, History, Art History, Literature and Geography, from the younger ages to 12th grade.
Through books, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and games, our multidisciplinary program provides a historical and artistic picture of Italy, including geographical knowledge of Italy and Europe.
Preparation for AP exam is included in the curriculum starting from the younger ages. Learn more about AP Exam…
(Italian Students can register to take the AP Exams through us, and/or attend a 7 hour- preparatory course.)
Courses are annual. One-and-a-half-hour courses (except 2-3 years old, 1 hour) for 30 weeks.
At the Festa di Natale (Christmas party) kids will perform recitals, sing Italian songs and will enjoy kids activities. Learn more…. At the Festa di Carnevale (Costume party), they will be engaged in a recital in front of the public, and will enjoy a themed workshop. At the end of the year, the students will receive a certificate of attendance.
You can sign up for courses online and pay by credit card, or you can mail a check payable to The Italian Cultural Society and enter registration info in this form. You can pay half amount in September and half in January. Family Members* benefit from a discounted rate on the tuition fee and can borrow books and DVDs from our Italian library.
12 Courses in Bethesda & online
MONDAY, 4:15-5:45pm ET (45 hours course):
- Advanced level for kids in 4th-6th gr. (Samantha V.) – starts Sept. 25th
- Beginners level for kids in 3rd-5th gr. (Fiorenza)
TUESDAY, 4:15-5:45pm ET (45 hours course):
- Beginners level for kids in 6th-12th gr. (Fiorenza)
FRIDAY, 4:30-6:00 pm ET (45-hr courses):
- Intermediate for kids in 4th-6th gr. (Fiorenza)
- Intermediate for 7th-12th gr. (Elda)
- Advanced for HS, 9th-12th gr. (Annelise)
SATURDAY (45-hr courses):
- Pre-school Italian immersion 2-3 yrs. 9:15 – 10:15 (one adult allowed in the classroom) (Eugenia) SOLD OUT
- Pre-school Italian immersion 4-6 yrs. 9:15 – 10:45 (Samantha V.)
- Beginner/Elementary for K-2nd gr. 11-12:30 (Eugenia)
- Elementary level for 1st-3rd gr. 2:00-3:30 (Eugenia)
- Elementary for 6th-12th gr. 2:00-3:30 (Elda)
- Pre-Intermediate for 3rd-5th gr. 2:00-3:30 (Fiorenza)
- Advanced level for K-2nd gr. 2:00-3:30 (Samantha V.)
- Advanced level for 3rd-4th gr. 2:00-3:30 (Laura)
SATURDAYS, Fairfax, VA: Green Acres Center:
- Italian Immersion ages 4–7, 10:45am-12:15pm ET with Mariana (starts Sept. 30th)
- Intermediate ages 9-12, 9:00-10:30am ET with Mariana (starts Sept. 30th)
2. WORKSHOPS with Maestra Fiorenza Castelli
PARENTS NIGHT OUT – Enjoy a night out while your children, 4-10 years old, learn and practice Italian language and traditions at ICS from 6.30 to 9.30 pm,
themed arts & crafts, story time, games, dance & songs, pizza, fresh fruits & vegetables, desserts and juices will be served for dinner..
L’AUTUNNO E LA FESTA DEI NONNI – venerdì 29 settembre 2023
L’INVERNO E IL NATALE – venerdì 8 dicembre 2023
LA BEFANA E I RE MAGI – venerdì 5 gennaio 2024
IL CARNEVALE – venerdì 9 febbraio 2024
LA FESTA DEL PAPÀ – venerdì 15 marzo 2024
LA FESTA DELLA MAMMA – venerdì 10 maggio 2024
3. SUMMER CAMPS
The Italian Cultural Society/Italian Language Program Summer Camp is an immersion program designed around a variety of activities that will encourage your children to speak Italian through singing, cooking, completing art projects, playing indoor and outdoor Italian games in the Battery Lane Park, behind ICS.
Summer Intensive for Teens takes place only from 10:00 am to 1:00pm at our headquarters. Students who live out of the area are welcome to join the class on Zoom. We offer two different levels:
- the Intermediate/Advanced will be immersed in an entertaining cultural experience: cinema, Italian pop music, cooking, history, art history and geography
- the Beginners/Elementary will mostly focus on the communication and comprehension skills
4. TUTORING and AP Preparation Course
(AP Italian exam date: May 8th, 2023 at 12:00pm)
The Italian Cultural Society/Italian Language Program offers one-on-one tutoring for kids & teens. We will also offer a 7 hours group course specific for AP preparation for Italian students, open to everyone.
Dates: Friday, April 21th at 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, April 30th at 3:00-5:30
Sunday May 5th, from 4:30-7:00pm at the ICS. Cost of the course and for the book tbd.
Please contact [email protected] or call the office for details: (301) 215-7885
Pre-school Italian Immersion, for kids ages 2–6:
These courses are designed for both kids who are exposed daily to Italian and kids new to the language. The younger the child, the easier it is to teach the language by speaking it, through games, songs, video and TPR. The classes are in Italian (with occasional individual translation to the child who needs it to stay involved). In the 2-3 yrs old class, one parent (or one adult who accompanies the child) is allowed to be in the classroom, if it helps the child to feel more at ease, but it is not required. The 4-6 yrs old are alone with the teacher and an assistant.
At a scholar age:
We group the kids according to their age and level of Italian: Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Beginners classes introduce children to the target language from the start. Elementary level classes are for kids who already attended a Beginners course, or have been exposed to some Italian but need to develop comprehension and speaking skills.
Intermediate level classes are held in Italian (with occasional individual translation to the child who needs it to stay involved), and are designed for children who are exposed to some Italian, they partially or almost fully understand, and need to develop their communications skills.
Advanced classes are completely in Italian and are designed for children with a high level of comprehension, and can speak Italian, as native, or also if they do not speak fluently. Both the Intermediate and the Advanced level will work on grammar and reading, exploring, at a deeper level, cultural aspects, including Italian Geography, History, Mythology, Architecture and Art History, etc. These readings will be a source of discussion and an important way to enrich their vocabulary and knowledge of Italian culture. The focus of our classes remains communication. Conversation about everyday life, contemporary life, holidays, traditions, comparison of cultures, are part of the class: the syllabus includes preparation for the AP Exam in Italian (which is structured around 6 themes: Global challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Beauty and Esthetics).
Teenagers will be engaged in discovering Italian Culture while learning the language with their peers, through various interactive methods. Teenagers are also welcome to attend any of the adult classes. We offer preparation for Italian SAT Subject Test, AP Exam, and tutorials for IB in Italian.
Which Level Is Right for You?
Level A1 - Beginner
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.
Level A2 - Elementary
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.
Level B1 - Pre-Intermediate
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.
Level B2 - Intermediate
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.
Level C1 - Advanced
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.
Level C2 - Native Speaker
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.
”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 leadership of Francesca Casazza, the Italian Language Program has been transformed with an innovative approach to learning that is both inviting and educational. As a novice student, I have learned tremendously and now feel confident in my ability to learn (even when I make many mistakes). If you want to learn Italian, come to the Italian Cultural Society of DC.”