CEFR Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Our Italian language courses are structured to conform with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning Teaching, Assessment of the Council of Europe and the ALTE Framework , and to conform with the European standards set by ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) and by the Council of Europe.
Ranging from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, our Italian language course programs are divided into six different levels of language ability. Students may enrol in our weekly classes for up to 6-months of course, depending on their goals. All students are placed in a level based on their entrance test (both written and oral).

LEVELS Listening/Speaking Reading Writing
A1 ALTE breakthrough level 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.
A2 Level
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.
B1 Level
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.
B2 Level 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.
C1 Level 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.
C2 Level 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.