Italian courses for adults

Offering online and face to face courses

Italian for Adults

Why study Italian at La Dante?

Terms Calendar

AUTUMN TERM 2021 (13-week course)

13th Sep 2021 – 17th Dec 2021

( Half-term 25th October – 31st October 2021)

SPRING TERM 2022 (13-week course)

10th January 2022  – 14th April 2022

(Half’-term 14 February –  20th February)

(Easter holiday 15th April – 24th April 2022 )

SUMMER TERM 2022 (12-week course) 

25th April 2022 – 24th July 2022

( Half-term 30th May – 4th June 2021)

Free taster Italian classes at La Dante

  FRIDAY 10th September 2021

  • 3pm – 4pm for Beginners / False Beginners (A1-A2);
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm for Improvers / Intermediate / Advanced.

 SATURDAY 11th September 2021

  • 3pm – 4pm  for Beginners / False Beginners (A1-A2);
  • 4:05pm – 505 pm for Improvers / Intermediate / Advanced.
Autumn Term 2021 - Timetable

PLIDA B1 preparation course:

  • Monday 7:00 – 9:00 pm

La Dante is running preparation courses to succeed in passing the four test abilities (Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening) of the PLIDA certification exam.

Course description – Understand short stories with the use of the past tense, describe activities of interest, talk about events in the past and present, talk and write about experiences and future plans, express personal opinions, advice and give instructions, write facts and tell stories expressing feelings. You can find more info about PLIDA Exam and the preparation course by clicking here.

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Total Beginner: (For students who have never studied Italian before. This course is for completely new beginners.)

  • Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon
  • Wednesday evening, 7-9 pm – BLENDED CLASS

Beginners (A1 – A2 CEFR):  (For students who already have studied with us at least one term, and have a basic Italian knowledge) 

  • Thursday 10 am – 12:00 noon

Course description – During our Italian lessons, you will learn how to introduce yourself, your friends and your family. You will be confident in ordering an Italian cappuccino and pick your favourite pizza in the best restaurant in Naples while talking about your free time and your busy life (present tense). Through our Online Italian Learning, you will be able to understand advertisements, short texts and basic conversations. And once you learn about Italian pronunciation, you are ready to get in touch with Italians! – You will also learn how to book a room in a cosy agriturismo in Tuscany and how to give and ask for directions not to get lost in Venice. You will be able to describe your house and your city and also the places you would like to visit, write lovely postcards from the romantic Verona and tell your friends how you have spent your holiday in Sicily (past tense). You will also explore some Italian cuisine and learn about food habits, Italian festivities and Mediterranean secrets!

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Improvers  (A2- B1 CEFR):

  • Tuesday 7 – 9 pm

For students who have studied Italian for at least 12 months.

Course description – With our Italian native teachers, you will learn how to speak Italian using the past tense and talking about general topics with a certain degree of confidence. You will get ready to talk about your experiences (past tenses), face unexpected situations, express your opinion, your doubts and your concerns (subjunctive). You will learn how to make wishes and talk about your future projects… or regrets! (if clauses). A focus on Italian for travelling and work will make you feel more confident even in formal situations and phone conversations will not be a problem anymore. You will also be able to read and tell short stories and share with your friends your opinion about Italian books, films or facts.

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Intermediate (B1 – B2 CEFR):

  • Wednesday 7 – 9 pm

For students who have studied Italian for at least 18 months.

Course description – You can use the past tense and talk about general topics with a certain degree of confidence. You will get ready to talk about your experiences (past tenses), face unexpected situations, express your opinion, your doubts and your concerns (subjunctive). You will learn how to make wishes and talk about your future projects… or regrets! (if clauses). A focus on Italian for travelling and work will make you feel more confident even in formal situations and phone conversations will not be a problem anymore. You will also be able to read and tell short stories and share with your friends your opinion about Italian books, films or facts.

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Upper-Intermediate (B2/C1 CEFR):

  • Tuesday 10am – 12 noon

For students who have studied Italian for at least 24 months.

Course description –   Students develop their overall language proficiency and cultural knowledge through advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises. They will also study complex grammatical concepts and learn how to master them. Aspects of Italian culture are analyzed through the reading of authentic and representative literary and cultural texts. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend authentic texts of a variety of topics, communicate effectively and creatively using present, past and future tenses, improve cultural awareness and understanding of Italian society.

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Advanced (C1 CEFR):

  • Friday 6 – 7 pm

This is a conversational course for people who have an excellent knowledge of the Italian language.

Course description – This is your chance to become fluent in Italian: By joining our inspiring conversation sessions you will achieve a higher level in Italian while sharing your opinions and views about Italian cinema, books, traditions, and major current affairs in Italy. When you go to Italy, you will definitely feel at home.

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Long term group courses

Our courses are based on the conversation with structured grammar, thus enabling students to master the Italian language faster in a natural and congenial environment. During the course, teachers use YouTube, projectors and other contemporary material to introduce Italian language and culture.

A communication-based approach, including role-play activities, facilitates Italian conversation among the students who participate actively and enjoy our lessons.

Our Italian language courses give you the best language and cultural experience in Cambridge:

  • The only place in Cambridge where students learn and practice Italian on a monthly basis thanks to our wide range of Cultural Events
  • Meet the Italians and have Language Tandems
  • The best and most effective teaching in Cambridge: our native Italian teachers are trained in-house with the most up-to-date methodology
  • You achieve quick progress in communicating in Italian within a few weeks
  • The privilege of learning in a small class and learning about Italian culture
  • Our courses are good value for money and you progress quickly

As a member of our cultural association, you can enjoy:

  • lunch-time/tea-time conversations FREE for members (at the moment, 1 hour per month)
  • FREE film club once a month
  • Discount price for the Cambridge Early Music concert
  • FREE access to our library: books and DVD
  • FREE seminars on Dante’s reading, in partnerships with the Dept of Italian, Cambridge University
  • Radio Dante bilingual programmes
  • Cultural events which consolidate your language

Rapid progress

Whether you need to learn Italian for your job or university studies, or want to speak it on holiday, we guarantee that you will make rapid progress. We have small classes, which ensure a high level of individual attention from our qualified teachers. What is more, our communicative approach gives you lots of ways to improve your spoken and written language and enhance your understanding of Italian culture.

What makes La Dante Unique

We know that being in a classroom is not enough to make you fluent, so we encourage you to join in with the large number of cultural and social events we arrange in Cambridge and further afield. At these, you can meet friends who enjoy the culture while speaking the language. When you are immersed in Italian conversation in a relaxed setting, you can’t help but improve your language skills.

Exams

If you wish, you have the option of taking the official PLIDA exam (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri), ranging from GCSE Italian to A-level Italian equivalents. We pride ourselves on offering a high level of support to all our students and give advice on study-abroad programmes.

Special Offers

If you know someone who’s interested in learning Italian, bring them along and save £10 on the price of your next course! And if you book two courses together you’ll save £20. Alternatively, book in June for courses with a September start date and save £15.

For more information, follow the links on the Contact Us page.

Our courses are based on conversation with structured grammar, thus enabling students to master the Italian language faster in a natural and congenial environment. During the course, teachers use YouTube, projectors, and other contemporary material to introduce the Italian language and culture.  A communication-based approach, including role-play activities, facilitates Italian conversation among the students who participate actively and enjoy our lessons.

*DISCLAIMER: Apologies, we are unable to offer tuition for special needs.

Italian Tutor One to one

BENEFITS

  • A placement test to determine the right course level
  • The teacher will advise you and prepare a course plan to cater for your individual objectives
  • Lessons with a highly experienced native teacher of La Dante
  • Regular homework
  • FREE student’s course book for all courses over 20 lessons
  • Flexibility of studying at La Dante in Cambridge or at your premises
  • Use of the library at La Dante
  • Possibility to take an internationally recognised PLIDA exam
  • GCSE and A level Italian
  • Membership
Online courses

Who is this course for?
The Italian Online programme is open to everybody. It is particularly suited to anyone who needs flexibility in how and when they study, or who lives outside Cambridge.

WHY CHOOSE THIS BLENDED LEARNING COURSE?

The course is designed to give you enhanced language skills, whether for personal, travel or professional purposes. By the end of the course, you will have improved your written and oral communication, and received a recognised Dante Alighieri Society certificate in the Italian language. Unlike many distance learning programmes designed for individual and totally independent learning, the Italian Online course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach where students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their E-Tutor.

Give us a call to find out how we can help you! 07887 606227 or just email us.

Why should you study Online at La Dante?

Course overview and blended learning

Individual Skype Lessons 

Italian Online is a ground-breaking experience which employs the latest skills in e-learning. It will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, with a qualified Italian teacher.

  1. Lessons with a highly experienced native teacher of La Dante
  2. A placement test to determine the right course level and your personal objectives
  3. 10 hours-package with your La Dante-Tutor
  4. 11 hours of your own study time required each package
  5. One/Two hours per week

Four levels for Italian Online:

using Al Dente 1   (by Casa delle Lingue Edizioni) or Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni) for the beginner level, and Nuovo Espresso, 2, 3, 4 , or 5 (Alma Edizioni)  for the other levels. 

Beginners for those who are starting to learn Italian for the first time. False-Beginners for those students who have studied for at least three months. Improvers for those who have already studied for at least three months. Improvers 2 for those who have already studied for at least one year. Intermediate for those who already have studied for about a year and a half or have B1+ level. Upper-Intermediate for those who have studied for more than a year and a half or have B1+ level. Advanced for those who are fluent in Italian.

All courses concentrate on the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and use carefully selected, authentic material to introduce or consolidate the structures and functions of the language. Tutors will also introduce Italian culture, authentic videos, and listening material to stimulate discussions.

We use Skype.

Beginners course, A1

At the end of the course, you will be confident to order a cappuccino and choose a pizza in the best Italian bars and restaurants. You will be able to talk about your free time and your busy life. You will understand advertisements, short texts and basic conversations. And with your Italian pronunciation skills, you will be ready to get in touch with Italians!

Beginners programme page.

False – Beginners course

For students who have studied for at least three months.

False-Beginners programme page

Improvers Italian, A2

This course will give you confidence to talk about your daily life, describe people you know and well-known personalities. You will learn how to give advice (using the imperative) and express wishes (using the conditional) on a range of topics. You will be a master in arranging your timetable in Italy and you will be able to invite your Italian friends out for a day trip or for dinner, and talk for hours about your experiences (using past tenses) and your future plans (the future tense and conditional). You will be ready to go on a journey across Italy using Italian to ask for information or write your travel journal.

Improvers programme page

Improvers 2

For students who have studied for at least 1 year. You will be confident talking about your daily life, describing people you know and famous personalities. You will learn how to give advice (imperative with pronouns) and make wishes (conditional) about shopping, food, holiday and more.

Improvers 2 programme page

Intermediate course, B1

You will be confident talking about past events (using all the past tenses), future predictions and dreams (conditional clauses), and you will be able to have more wide-ranging conversations. You will learn how to use reported speech, the subjunctive in all its nuances, and other less common grammatical structures. You will learn more about Italian society and business, and feel more confident using Italian when travelling or for work. You will also start writing interesting articles and entertaining short stories. And once you pick up some more idiomatic expressions, you will finally feel Italian!

Intermediate programme page

Intermediate and Upper Intermediate B1-B2

For students who have studied for at least 18 months, can use the past tense and talk about general topics with a certain degree of confidence.

Intermediate course Programme

Upper-Intermediate Programme

Conversation for advanced level C1

This is your chance to become fluent in Italian! Join our inspiring conversation sessions and achieve a higher level in Italian while sharing your opinions and views about Italian cinema, books, traditions, politics and major events in Italy. You will pick up good grammar usage and learn many idiomatic expressions and phrases while working on authentic videos and articles in a wide range of topics. All of which means that when you next head to Italy, you will definitely feel at home.

Advanced programme page

ITALIAN E-LEARNING COMMUNITY – JOIN OUR BLOG (TO BE INITIATED)

Italian Online where you can sample some course materials and experience what it is like to learn in an online environment: (one created on www.i-d-e-e.it for La Dante Online Portal)

Entry requirements

Ideal for all students and ages with an interest in learning online. Students under the age of 16 need parental permission.

Awards: La Dante Online Learning Certificate

Meet our Italian teachers

The teachers and E-Ttutor (including native speakers) will guide you through this interactive and participative programme, which is focused on collaborative learning and designed to give you confidence and encouragement all the way through the course. Lecture packages will be delivered weekly online and will include comprehension tasks, individual and group work, conversation and intercultural topics.

Business Italian

Want to do better business in Italy?
Learn how to be more successful by understanding the Italian ways of doing business. Come and talk to us!

We can create a course to suit your needs, focusing on vocabulary specific to your line of business. We’ve got Italian native experts available in finance, law, banking, food & wine, car manufacturing, technology, science and medicine.
Among our clients: Cambridge University Press, BBC Cambridgeshire, Glaxo, Magic Solver.

Courses can be taken at La Dante, or in the comfort of your workplace.

In company Italian for business courses

Are you interested in developing your team’s skills in Italian?
As well as designing ad hoc language courses suitable to your team, we also help you to understand how to deal with business meetings when in Italy.

Our package includes:

  • A placement test to determine the right course level
  • A course plan for your specific needs and individual objectives
  • Classes of 10 students max
  • Lessons with a highly-experienced native Italian teacher of La Dante
  • Regular homework given by the teacher
  • FREE use of the library at La Dante
  • Cultural events at a special discount
  • A certificate from La Dante

Need help with a last minute meeting in Italy? Need to understand business etiquette? Need help with business negotiation?

Come and talk to us and we’ll help you with a suitable one-to-one programme.

Give us a call to find out how we can help you! 07887 606227 or just email us.

What the people saying about our Italian classes

I studied for a one week “full immersion” course in Italian for my A level in October. The professionalism and attention to detail in relation to both course content and course administration was absolutely second to none. I was really impressed by the quality of the school’s total offering. I can thoroughly recommend La Dante for any Italian student, at any level. A first class learning experience

Martin Carter

‘Thank you La Dante! I didn’t know a single word of Italian on day 1 but now, after my lessons,  I have a strong understanding of the basics. My Italian teacher was very patient and her lessons were well structured so we made excellent progress in each session. Her activities were engaging and she made me feel very comfortable learning something that was taking me out of my comfort zone. Not only have a learnt a lot, I feel I have made a friend. I am really looking forward to coming back for more lessons and becoming part of the La Dante family’

Ruth Blom
Our teacher Tamara is excellent. She has made the whole experience very comfortable and productive and has ensured that everyone is confident with learning that way.

“I think that you all deserve high praise for your skill, kindness and cordiality and the way you make your client students feel supported and encouraged. Many thanks for this!”

Philip Curtis

Emilia is an amazing teacher, and I am really happy with the progress that I am making with her

John Souter
Our teacher Tamara is excellent and has made everyone comfortable and confident in this new environment. Thank you to everyone at the school who has enabled us to continue to learn over this past year and more.

Our teacher Tamara is excellent and has made everyone comfortable and confident in this new environment. Thank you to everyone at the school who has enabled us to continue to learn over this past year and more.

Upper-intermediate student

Our teacher Tamara is excellent. She has made the whole experience very comfortable and productive and has ensured that everyone is confident with learning that way.

Improvers 2 student

‘I was so impressed by the level the students had reached given that they had been studying for such a short space of time. This is obviously due to the high standard of teaching that you provide.’

Alison Hales
My son Daniel and his friend Benjamin were the only two in their class this Term, and that was really a bonus for them as Federica is a wonderfully engaged teacher who has picks up really well on what the boys in her class are and aren’t understanding. So two main things: a fantastic teacher (thank you, Federica!) and the class size.
Theresa B.
Ludovica is a very good teacher & is guiding me well although I have a way to go for the Plida certificate.
Elena C.

Dear Erika, I just wanted to say thank you  for the great Italian lesson with Carolina.

Rachel D.

I just wanted to say that I have enjoyed this weeks lessons with Mathilde and Erika.
We covered many interesting subjects and I think it has helped with my conversation and listening comprehension.
After Monday was sorted I really felt I made actual progress – Mathilde has sent me links to various items on La Dante website to listen to during August to ‘keep my ear in’!
Many thanks
Dinah

Dinah P.

Last term I had 10 private lessons with Emilia and I wanted to let you know that I was very pleased with the quality of her teaching and the lesson content. We covered a lot of ground during the lessons, in terms of grammar and practice for the B1 oral exam. It was exactly what I was hoping for. Best regards,  Catherine

Catherine V.

Dear Gilda,  Thanks so much for organising the course with Emilia. She was wonderful, really professional with a great sense of humour so the lessons were also fun. Her training on exam technique was excellent and flexibility to fit to my hours much appreciated. Thanks again, Clare M.

Clare M.