Courses Levels

Italian Course Levels

In accordance with the Common European Framework, we offer training in 12 levels of knowledge of the Italian language, ranging from “complete beginner A1” “to proficient C2”. The last levels, 11 and 12 (corresponding to CEF C2), will be offered upon specific request.

A written and oral test is administered on the first day of the course. To monitor a student’s progress and advance in the various levels, each student will be asked to sit for a final level test.

Common European Framework Levels Description of Italian proficiency Achievements
A1 Beginner 1 You don't know the language, or you can recognize familiar words.  
2 You can use simple phrases and sentences to describe or to ask for some things. You can write a postcard or brief messages and read very short and simple texts.  
A2 Elementary 3 You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. You can describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions and job. This level is required to attend practical courses in Arts & Design, Art History and Culinary Arts for amateurs.
4 You can handle very short social exchanges, participate in communicative situation, even though you can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going yourself.
B1 Intermediate 5 You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can understand most of the conversations on topics that are familiar, or of personal interest. You can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters: work, school, leisure, etc. This level is required to attend the Internship Programme, the Preparatory Course for University Admission, Culinary Arts for professionals and vocational programmes in fashion and design.
6 You can enter unprepared into a conversation on familiar and of personal interest topics. You can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions. You can understand the main points of many radio- tv programmes on current affairs.
B2 Upper Intermediate 7 You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. You can take an active part in discussion with familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views.  
8 You can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest. You can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue. You can understand most tv news, current affairs programmes and the majority of films in standard dialect. This level is required to attend graduate and post-graduate Academic Programmes.
C1 Advanced 9 You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. You can understand television programmes and films without too much effort. This level is required to enter the Italian speaking job market.
10 You can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate your contribution skillfully to those of other speakers. You can present clear and detailed descriptions of complex subjects. You can understand specialized articles even when they are not related to your field.
C2 Proficiency 11 You can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have good level of familiarity with some idiomatic expressions and colloquialism.  
12 You have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast. You can participate fluently in discussion on variety of topics and use idiomatic expressions and any colloquialism.