About Italian Language Lessons at the AICC
The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) Italian Language Lessons are offered in four different levels carefully designed on the basis of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) national proficiency scale. All classes are taught by a native Italian teacher and have a friendly and motivating atmosphere. If you are unsure of your course level, please call the AICC at 504-522-7294
Courses are held at the American Italian Cultural Center located at 537 S Peters St in Downtown New Orleans, LA and at the Italian American Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans located at 2340 Severn Avenue, Metairie. Each class will include a total of eight 1.5 hour sessions. On the first night of class, students will work with the instructor to finalize the schedule of the eight sessions. There will be no class September 20, 21, or 30 and there will not be classes during the week of Thanksgiving (November 19-25).
A minimum of three students is needed for a class to be held. If the class you register for does not meet the minimum requirement your enrollment will be moved to a different session or you may request a full refund.
Back to School Special (before August 19): 175 AICC member/225 Non-member***
Early Bird Special (before August 31): 190 AICC member/240 Non-member***
Registration (after August 31): 200 AICC member/250 Non-member***
***Non-members will receive a membership to the American Italian Cultural Center. Members receive discounts on language classes, AICC events, a subscription to the Italian American Digest, perks at local Italian businesses, and much more. Click HERE to learn more!
Payment is required BEFORE the first day of class. Class dates and times are subject to change.
Students who cancel their registration up to three days before the first class will receive a 75% refund. There will be a 50% refund if student cancels after the first class and before the second class. No refunds will be given after the second class. There will be a full refund if the AICC cancels the entire class schedule. Requests must be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Develop basic language skills and a general understanding of communicating in Italian. After completion, students will be able to speak in present tense and be able to read and write basic sentences. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Novice High. No prerequisite.
Students will continue to build upon their knowledge and skill of the language and learn more vocabulary and grammar so they will be able to speak more about basic everyday situations. Students will also be using past tense. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Intermediate Low.
ADVANCED and SUPERIOR LEVELS
Recommended for students who have completed the novice and intermediate Italian courses and are approaching a conversational level. Students will increase their proficiency and will be able to speak about basic situations using present, past and future tenses. Proficiency on the ACTFL scale: from Intermediate High to Advanced Low.
For those with no previous knowledge of Italian to effectively communicate in your travels.(e.g. for meeting and greeting others, requesting information, ordering in a restaurant and asking for directions) You will learn a specific set of key expressions and cultural tips you will encounter in Italy.
“The Beginning Italian Course was a great introduction to Italy, its culture, and the language. A Great Start to wonderful adventure.” (Novice class student)
“Alessandro is exuberant and his excitement for teaching the class is infectious. I have loved learning from him and have definitely learned a lot!” (Intermediate class student)
“Italian classes through the AICC are informal and are not at all intimidating. Participant range in age and are diverse in background. Alessandro does a very proficient job in assisting students and building their confidence. I highly recommend taking the course; learning a new language is a wonderful thing to do to improve brain activity!”
“I really enjoyed the novice class! Alessandro’s teaching style was fun and helped me learn very quickly! This class will really help me when I go to Italy next month!” (Novice class student)
“You will have a great time and learn about Italian culture and food as well as language. Very enjoyable classes in a relaxed atmosphere. Bravo!” (Intermediate class student)
“The Italian Language Classes are wonderful and so much fun! the atmosphere is relaxed, but also very informative and captures interest so well. I have enjoyed the time in class so much. The classes are a great challenge!” (Advanced class student)
“I would recommend the American Italian language class because the group was very small and the atmosphere was friendly. In our beginning class we learned the basics of the language. We didn’t just learn a few phrases. I look forward to taking the intermediate class and learning more!” (Novice class student)
“I really enjoyed learning the basics of Italian in an encouraging environment with such an enthusiastic teacher!” (Intermediate class student)