ADA courses: Italian for everyone

ADA stands for ‘Attestato Dante Alighieri’, a certificate of attendance given upon completion of our ADA courses (with a minimum attendance rate of 70%) and recognised by Dante Alighieri schools worldwide.

ADA courses correspond to the language proficiency levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and are organised in a six-tier scale, from A1 to C2 in ascending order of difficulty. C2 corresponds to the highest level of proficiency, defined as ‘mastery’.

You might choose our courses just for the fun of learning a new language, but what if achieving an ADA certificate of attendance was just a bonus? No need to sit final exams or obligation to attend a whole year but if you do, you also have the added benefit of obtaining an ADA attendance certificate.

So what are you waiting for? Enrol now!

ADA Courses

Absolute beginners

This is an introductory course for new students approaching the study of the Italian language for the first time. The course aims at providing basic vocabulary and basic structures and it is recommended in preparation for the ADA A1 course, or simply if you want to have a first taste of Italian language and culture.

Duration: 2 terms, 9 classes per term, 1.5 hours per week.

ADA A1 – Beginners

Course content: introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about personal details, express likes and dislikes, order food and drinks, talk about hobbies and free time, describe places, talk about past activities and experiences, talk about habits and daily routine, talk about family and relationships.

Course outcomes: at the end of the course, students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases, as well as interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Duration: 4 terms, 9 classes per term, 1.5 hours per week. Intakes in February and July.

ADA A2 – Elementary

Course content: express doubts and opinions, ask and give advice, talk about memories and past habits, make a suggestion, accept or decline an invitation, talk about health and sports activities, talk about future plans, express desires and hopes.

Course outcomes: at the end of the course, students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions; communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; describe in simple terms aspects of their background and immediate environment.

Duration: 4 terms, 9 classes per term, 1.5 hours per week. Intakes in February and July.

ADA B1 – Intermediate

Course content: express opinions, agreement or disagreement, ask for help, make plans and express a preference, complain and apologise, make comparisons, report someone else’s speech, comment the consequences of an action, explain advantages and disadvantages, talk about hypothetical situations, ask a question indirectly, express disappointment and disagreement.

Course outcomes: at the end of the course, students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken; describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Duration: 4 terms, 9 classes per term, 2 hours per week. Intakes in February and July.

 

*Advanced level courses will be launched based on expressions of interest, if the minimum number of students is achieved.

 

How to choose your course

If you were previously enrolled in one of our Vocational courses, teachers will advise which ADA course is right for you. Alternatively, you can self-evaluate using the self-assessment tool linked here.