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Conversational Italian

  • Get more enjoyment while travelling in Italy, listening to opera, reading a cookbook or watching films.
  • Appreciate a family language, whether you are of Italian descent or have married into an Italian-speaking family.

A Romance language spoken by about 70 million people, Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino. It is also spoken in Switzerland, Monaco, Malta, France, Albania, Slovenia and Croatia. This certificate program will help you develop your skills in Italian. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Build your skills in Italian, whether you're a traveller, student, lover of opera or Italian cuisine, want to do business in Italy or have married into an Italian-speaking family.
  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Be able to exchange straightforward information on work and other topics.
  • Understand what people say to you about life, work and family in simple situations.
  • Follow the gist of news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Italian within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)

Elective Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.