Language classes may be started in mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule. Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for more information.
Grammar and Conversazione
Level 1 - Level 8
Level 1 is designed for students who need basic Italian grammar. The course focuses on Italian phonetics (starting with the alphabet and syllables), common phrases, verb conjugations (present tense: regular and irregular verbs), and grammar (articles, prepositions, adjectives, and pronouns). The course provides students with a foundation and basic tools to interact effectively in everyday Italian. Students can expect to master simple sentences to hold beginning level conversations.
Engaging students in more advanced beginning conversation and writing skills, Level 2 is designed for those who want to go beyond a basic knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar. Students master the past tenses and study grammar through in-class oral and written exercises and by listening to dialogues in Italian that is spoken today.
Focusing on the future tenses, new vocabulary, and adverbs, students engage in extended conversations and continue to write descriptively including letter writing about themselves and others. Level 3 reinforces the basic rules of grammar and introduces new tenses and how to use them. Video and song are incorporated into the class to continue learning a more modern Italian.
Students master the present, past, and future tenses as well as direct/indirect speech enabling them to fine-tune their conversation skills. The use of the comparative and superlative, idiomatic expressions, and higher-level vocabulary trigger language flexibility in students so they may begin to express more complex thoughts and ideas in Italian and increase overall language comprehension. By the end of Level 4 students grasp the breadth and depth of Italian grammar and are able to apply it.
Level 5 enables students to converse with native Italian speakers, to tell stories, and effectively summarize a movie or article. Students study advanced grammar, such as the conditional and subjunctive tenses, slang, pronunciation and phonetics, and writing. The class is dedicated to listening and speaking exercises with a focus on increasing the fluidity of conversation.
Level 6 Students continue to conjugate complex verbs and study grammar - all put into practice during in-class conversation and writing exercises; In addition, there are oral and written homework assignments. Students can express ideas, read a variety of texts, and interact with ease in Italian with classmates and the teacher. There are multiple screenings of films and videos, discussion topics, and written work.
Level 7 Students are introduced to the various forms of the subjunctive that are commonly used in spoken and written Italian. They learn complex idiomatic sentences combined with conditional and subjunctive tenses to express themselves at a near-native level. A lot of time in class is devoted to increasing comprehension and listening skills as well as vocabulary. Assignments in reading, writing, and oral presentations give students the tools to communicate in every given situation.
You made it! Level 8 faces all hypothetical constructions, combining gerunds, conditionals, and subjunctive tenses including pronouns and direct/indirect objects. Students exhibit mastery over the language: They can write professional letters as well as give public speeches without any doubts or fears. With this class you can call yourself "a true Italian"; nothing will scare you anymore. You can pack your suitcase and move to Italy.
Language Intensive Workshop
Language Intensive Workshop
It is a 2-week intensive for travelers and business people. Classes meet four times a week from Monday to Thursday.
Survival Kit Classes
It addresses a traveler's need for basic conversation skills in Italian before taking off from the airport. Learn in Italiano how to introduce yourself and others, ask for directions and information,
1 hour per person$55.00
Surcharge For Off Site Class
Learn Italian at home or from your office with our online classes. (Skype Voice Call offered for intermediate level and up). Material will be sent by email.
Girotondo (ages 2-9+)
This year-round kids' program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children from ages 2-3 / 4-5 / 6-8 / 9+. In Girotondo ("Circle") an experienced instructor provides opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play and activities: games, songs, dances, story telling, and film (Disney movies in Italian). Participation in multiple arts and crafts projects also reinforces the children's Italian language skills. Children are placed in groups (max. 7 children) according to age.
Collina Italiana in the Financial District
Girotondo Rosso & Blu
This year-round kids' program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children from ages 4-5 / 6-8. In Girotondo ("Circle") an experienced instructor provides opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play and activities: games, songs, dances, and story telling. Participation in multiple arts and crafts projects also reinforces the children's Italian language skills. Children are placed in groups (max. 7 children) according to age.
Giardino Dei Bambini
Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-5. Children may join in on the fun every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9-12 on an as needed basis. Experienced instructors provide multiple opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play, while learning important socialization skills. The program offers language learning through games, activities, songs, dance, theater, and hands-on creativity (art projects). Lastly, La Merenda (snack time) allows children the opportunity to converse on food routines in Italiano. Note: Space is limited. 24-hour advance reservation is required.
Tutoring & Private Classes
For children all ages classes are available upon request.
1 hour(1 hour)$80.00
1 hour per child(1 hour, per child)$45.00
Surcharge For Off Site Class
Children's Summer Camp
Italian Summer in the City 2018. Collina Italiana (CI) is pleased to announce its Italian Summer in the City 2018 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The program is designed for kids (and parents) who want to absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy. Have fun Italian style: Learn and practice Italian, meet new friends, and enjoy a unique summer in the city. The program includes:
Giochiamo in Italiano
learn Italian through play - music, theater, and games.
study Italian through animated movies and cartoons.
be creative - make art and speak Italian.
outings to museums to discover Italian art
Il Tavolo in Italiano
summer school but more fun!
10% Discount for siblings. Early Drop off (8.30 am): $20 per day
Tues-Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Tues-Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Collina Italiana offers Italian language and culture programs both on- and off-site in the New York City area. In business since 2007, our center is known for offering Italian classes in a contemporary setting, including workshops in both Italian wine and books. Depending on the time of your class, you'll be served either cappuccino or sparkling Prosecco while learning the bella lingua and the bella vita of Italy.