Intensive Italian language programs in Sicily, Italy

Italian Language courses taught at Babilonia – Center for Italian Language and Culture are full immersion classes. Language classes are conducted in the Italian language exclusively to accelerate learning. Since Babilonia students are from around the world and all students do not speak English, the “lingua franca” (common language for communication among students) is Italian. Rather than follow a specific textbook, faculty draw materials from a variety of authentic reading, video and audio sources as well as a variety of Italian language textbooks. The focus is to introduce students to current language usage. The didactic methodology follows the curriculum set by the Common Framework of European Languages.

Each 3 credit language course requires a minimum of 45 contact hours of immersion language study and a minimum of 5 hours of cultural lectures. Italian Language 101 requires  60 contact hours with a minimum of 5 hours of cultural lectures. A written and oral placement test is administered to each student prior to placement in an appropriate level language class. Class size varies, but the average number of students in each class is 5 to 7 students. Advanced classes generally range from 3 to 5 students. The maximum limit is 12 which is only rarely scheduled during the peak summer months. Each week faculty assess the progress of each student and students’ levels are adjusted to advance students who have mastered their current level (students living with host families often advance) or place students in a level to promote further language development.

All of the Babilonia teachers are native speakers with a minimum of a Master’s degree and each is trained in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language. Faculty teaching assignments are rotated each week exposing language students to a variety of voices (pace, tone, volume, vocabulary, personal interests, personal background).

ITA 101 Elementary Italian courses begin on specific Mondays; all other course levels are offered year round and begin on any Monday.

Starting dates for Absolute Beginners in 2015
month day
January 07, 14 and 21
February 04 and 18
March 01, 15 and 29
April 12 and 26
May 3, 17 and 31
June 15 and 28
July 12 and 26
August 2, 16 and 30
September 14 and 27
October 11 and 25
November 10 and 22
December 6

Language Courses offered

ITA 101 Elementary Italian I (link)
ITA 102 Elementary Italian II (link)
ITA 111 Intermediate Italian I(link)
ITA 112 Intermediate Italian II(link)
ITA 301 Advanced Italian I(link)
ITA 302 Advanced Italian II (link)
ITA 311 High Advanced Italian I (link)
ITA 312 High Advanced Italian II (link)
ITA 401 Superior Italian I (link)
ITA 402 Superior Italian II (link)
ITC 403 Many Manifestations of Italian Culture (combines language study and cultural lectures in English)

ITC 405 Le diverse maschere della cultura italiana (combines language study and cultural lectures in Italian)