Learning Levels

The Dante Alighieri Society of Western Australia School of Italian provides tuition in varying levels:

  • Beginners

  • Continuing Beginners (Levels 1 & 2)

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • Academic (Fluency Development)

Other courses for special purposes may be offered.

Classes are conducted over four nine-week terms each year, each class session being of one and a half hours duration.

Level 1 – Beginner

No previous knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is divided into four nine-week terms (90 minute sessions once per week). It offers elementary and situationally relevant communicative practice, with basic phonetics, phonology, grammar, graded readings and elementary conversation. It includes elements of contemporary Italian culture and society.

Level 2 – Intermediate

This course is intended for those students who have already achieved basic conversational and grammatical skills in Italian and is divided into four nine-week terms (90 minute sessions once per week). It provides an intermediate level of communicative skills in each of the four major skills mentioned in the Beginner course by increasing the mastering of language functions, lexical enrichment and grammatical structures, short story readings and topical conversations about Italian every day life and tourist attractions.

Level 3- Advanced

This course is divided into four nine-week terms (90 minute sessions once per week) It aims to further advance the Italian language communicative skills acquired by the student at the Intermediate level, within the range of the four major skills. Special emphasis is placed on the mastering of more sophisticated structures of the Italian syntax, lexicon, ways of saying and idiomatic expressions. It includes more sophisticated readings from a variety of Italian authentic documents and more advanced conversational skills. The course includes a socio-historical study of  Italy and its place in the world.

Level 4 – Fluency Development

This course assumes that the student has completed Dante’s Advanced Level course and wishes to continue to improve his or her fluency in spoken and written Italian and also to continue to develop his or her knowledge of Italian literature, contemporary affairs, history and culture. Resource material will be chosen such that each term will be of unique value in that it will not repeat material from other terms. A work by an Italian writer of contemporary importance will be included in the reading and the class work.

The course will be organised such that the student will be able to continuously improve his or her Italian fluency on an ongoing basis.

The Fluency Development Course specifically provides a solution to the question that we often hear:

“I have completed a course in Italian, so what can I do now?”

Dante is the only Italian Language teaching organisation in Western Australia that provides the answer.