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Italian Language and Culture Level 1

Aims to provide beginning students with a practical command of the language. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss everyday activities using the present tense. Students can also expect to be able to read and write elementary texts such as a simple letter. Topics include pronunciation, expressions of date and quantity, indefinite and definite articles, and direct object pronouns. (Prego!, eight edition, Preliminary Unit-Chapter 4)

 

Italian Language and Culture Level 2

Building upon the basic foundation provided in Level 1, students improve their listening skills and conversational ability through structured dialogues and other practical activities. Students begin to communicate more precisely as they learn the past perfect and imperfect tenses. More complex reading selections also provide a basis for conversational and written activities. Topics include expressions of date and quantity, indefinite and definite articles, and direct object nouns and pronouns. Other topics include, past tense, interrogatives, articulated prepositions, indirect object nouns and pronouns, articulation of like a dislike, reflexive verbs, adverbs and numbers above 100. (Prego!, eight edition, Chapters 5-8)

 

Italian Language and Culture Level 3

Upon completion of this level, students should be able to discuss topics including health, travel, holidays and business using the present, past and future tenses. This level continues to emphasize the improvement of oral comprehension and creative expression through the use of teaching resources including reading selections, video and song. Topics introduced include imperfect tense, expressions of time and duration, disjunctive pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, simple future tense, and double object pronouns. (Prego!, eight edition, Chapters 9-12)

 

Italian Language and Culture Level 4

After completing this course, students can expect to converse with greater confidence and precision. More complex reading selections provide authentic opportunities for vocabulary development and creative use of the language. Building upon the skills already acquired, students learn indefinite adjectives, negatives, imperative form, the conditional tense, possessive and relative pronouns, and the remote past tense. (Prego!, eight edition, Chapters 13-16)

 

Italian Language and Culture Level 5

Students refine their use of verb tenses and continue to expand their vocabulary. Upon completion of this level, students should be able to understand and participate comfortably in conversations on a wide range of topics. Reading and writing skills are also improved as students gain proficiency with conditional and passive constructions. Among the topics introduced at this level are the tenses of the subjunctive. (Prego!, eight edition, Chapters 17-18)

 

Conversational Italian

This program is designed for students who are already proficient in the skills taught in Levels 1-5 and who want to increase their conversational abilities. Conducted entirely in Italian, this course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Magazines, video and audio tapes, and other resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests. Grammatical topics are addressed as needed.

 

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PregoSince communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Italian textbooks and have selected Prego!, eight edition (McGraw-Hill) as the one that best fulfill the objectives of our students in beginning and intermediate levels. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Italian program at all levels is $359. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in Summer). Tuition for the immersion program is $1,795.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 

Immersion Courses

Hours

3 or more students

90

2 students

72

1 student

40

 
 

Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 1

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30pm

Level 4

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 5

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conversation

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 3

Saturdays  12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 4

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Foreign Language Department Associate
617-262-3500 x224 language@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.