Effective Italian Learning Program

This Effective Italian Learning Program is the product of a longtime experience of professional teachers of Italian as a second language, and it is conceived inside the Common European Framework (CEF), which provides a common basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. across Europe.

The CEF describes, in a comprehensive way, what language learners have to learn and to do in order to use a language for communication, and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively. The description also covers the cultural context in which language is set.
The Framework also defines levels of proficiency which allow learners' progress to be measured at each stage of learning and on a life-long basis.

The Effective Italian Learning Program courses are conceived to offer an efficient and friendly environment to English speaker students.

The Framework includes three levels of learners: Basic user, Independent user, Proficient User.


Common European Levels


Basic User

A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Independent User

B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Proficient User

C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.



Italian for Basic User (Beginners)

A1 Starting point to further steps.

A2 Beginner competence of the language not yet independent in communication.

Italian for Independent User (Intermediate)

B1 Gives the ability to deal with everyday situations.

B2 Allows to enrol to Italian Univerities.

Italian for Proficient User (Advanced)

C1 Allows to enrol to Advanced Courses of Italian Languge and Culture as well to Courses of Language for Teachers of Italian

C2 Certifies the ability to communicate in a very advanced professional environnement.

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