Italian learning levels

In this section you will get an overview of the 6 Italian learning levels we use at dante-learning and what students will learn upon the completion of each level. 

At dante-learning we follow the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This means that we want to keep our teaching standards high and aligned with all the main international language schools.

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Italian level alba ALBA

Is the introduction to the Italian Language. Students will learn simple interactions with Italian people and satisfaction of daily needs using basic sentences. The course is focussed on basic Italian vocabulary and sounds. It’s preparatory for accessing the BRAVO level.

According to the CEFR classification, ALBA is equivalent to the A1 level, defined as Breakthrough or Beginner. Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other Italian speaker talks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.


Italian level bravoBRAVO

The course is focused on  understanding and producing basic sentences describing simple activities and every day life, such as describing friends and family, shopping, working, studying and travelling in Italy. The Bravo course will focus on expanding the student’s vocabulary and adjusting simple grammar.

According to the CEFR classification, BRAVO  is equivalent to the A2 level, defined as Waystage or Elementary. Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:

  • 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).
  • 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 his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Italian level cieloCIELO

Students will be guided to the achievement of more complex linguistic activities such as starting a  conversation, understand and exchange opinions on familiar subjects in a simple fashion, describe present and past experiences, describe intentions and future actions. The student will consolidate and expand the vocabulary and will improve the knowledge of grammar at  intermediate level.

According to the CEFR classification, CIELO is equivalent to the B1 level, defined as Threshold or Intermediate. Upon completion of this level, the student 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 whilst travelling in Italy.
  • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Italian level dolceDOLCE

Students will learn to interact pretty fluently with native speakers, expressing quite complex opinions  mastering naturally the  fundamentals of the intermediate level approaching smoothly the pillars of the advanced level.  Students will be able to read Italian papers understanding the topic connecting the known vocabulary

According to the CEFR classification, DOLCE is equivalent to the B2 level, defined as Vantage or Upper Intermediate. Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • 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.


Italian level estate ESTATE

Students will speak and write Italian naturally, making themselves understood by native speakers using a wide range of words with complex grammar. They will express concrete and abstract concepts, leading conversations, reading  a newspaper or website at natural speed understanding most of the words and concepts.

According to the CEFR classification, ESTATE is equivalent to the C1 level, defined as Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced. Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:

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


Italian level fantasticoFANTASTICO

This course will help students to acquire natural fluency and use complex linguistic tools belonging to the live spoken language. This course targets individuals willing to establish business ties in Italy, study groups, companies. We will adapt the course to personal needs and develop lessons aimed at specific areas: food an leisure, fashion, commerce. dante-learning’s developers and teachers have strong background in the fashion industry.

According to the CEFR classification, FANTASTICO is equivalent to the C2 level, defined as Mastery or Proficiency. Upon completion of this level, the student will be able to:

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

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