Group Classes for adults
 
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced, whether you want to learn Italian for business or pleasure, we can help you improve your language skills at a level that suits your needs - in a friendly, informal and lively atmosphere that is totally Italian.

Our classes are conducted exclusively in Italian and provide training in all the basic communication skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – accompanied by a systematic study of grammar. Through this approach, the student plays a central role by learning through pair and group work, as well as role play. The teacher acts as the facilitator of communication.

The linguistic levels adhere to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ratified by the Council of Europe. This ensures uniformity and consistency of teaching in line with other language institutions worldwide.
 
  Levels and descriptions 
 
Our Italian group language programme is in accordance with the six levels of Common European Framework of Language Learning:
 
Level Description Our Courses
A1 A1 attests to the ability to use familiar everyday expressions and to ask and answer questions about personal details. At this level of competence, interaction with Italian speakers can take place provided the other person is willing to help. Beginners A1.1
Beginners A1.2
A2 A2 attests to the ability to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on areas of most immediate relevance, such as personal and family description, shopping, local geography, employment. Elementary A2.1
Elementary A2.2
B1 B1 level indicates the ability to understand written and spoken texts on familiar matters. At this level, one is able to engage effectively in a conversation as a tourist, to express opinions and to give simple explanations. Intermediate B1.1
Intermediate B1.2
B2 B2 level attests to  competence in the language which is necessary in a traditional scholastic context (to register with school or universities), to pursue post-graduate studies (such as professional and training courses), as well as to prepare for work activities that involve interaction with the public. At this level, one can interact with Italian speakers fluently and spontaneously. Upper Intermediate B2.1
Upper Intermediate B2.2
C1 C1 level marks the degree of confidence with the Italian language and culture applicable to all working environments (professional, commercial, industrial and administrative). One can understand and produce a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meanings in complex writings such as literary works. Advanced C1.1
Advanced C1.2
C2 C2 level certifies high linguistic competence comparable to that possessed by a native Italian, applicable in any and all professional settings. It is the level required to teach Italian as a foreign language and also to handle intricate assignments. Post Advanced C2.1
Post Advanced C2.2
   
  Courses and Programmes offered

Our group language programme consists of 12 courses of 32 hours each. The minimum number of students required in order to form a class is six, with a maximum of 12.  It is recommended that students undertake a brief evaluation test in order to determine their competence level and hence be placed in the appropriate class.

Courses are held in Cape Town (at our premises in Gardens and at the Italian Club in Milnerton), Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth.

Beginners A1.1 and Beginners A1.2 focus on the use of social interaction in familiar contexts.
Programme: pronunciation, spelling, elementary language structure, reading and dictation, simple conversation, simple composition, simple video and audio comprehension

Elementary A2.1 and Elementary A2.2 focus on more advanced use of social interaction in familiar contexts.
Programme: language structure, reading and dictation, short compositions, conversation on everyday matters, video and audio comprehension.

Intermediate B1.1 and Intermediate B1.2 focus on spoken and written communication beyond familiar situations.
Programme: language structure, reading, dictation, composition, conversation, video and audio comprehension.

Upper intermediate B2.1 and Upper intermediate B2.2 focus on spoken and written communication beyond familiar situations for those students who already have a good grasp of the language.
Programme: completion of language structure, elements of syntax, reading, dictation, composition, conversation, video and audio comprehension.

Advanced C1.1 and Advanced C1.2 focus on the consolidation of language in any communicative situation for those students who already have a very good grasp of the language.
Programme: review of the principal topics of language structure, systematic study of syntax, reading of newspaper articles and passages of contemporary Italian literature, dictation, composition, video and audio comprehension.

Post advanced C2.1 and Post advanced C2.2 focus on the consolidation of language in any communicative situation for those students who have an almost complete knowledge of the Italian language.
Programme: review and in-depth study of the key rules of language structure and syntax, reading of newspaper articles and passages of contemporary Italian literature, oral and written exercises, video and audio comprehension.