Adult Classes

Language Immersion Classes for Adults

FALL TERM: September 11 – November 18, 2017

REGULAR Term Language Classes
INTERCESSION Culture Classes

REGULAR Term Language Classes

Email info@scuola.us for placement tests if you need to a test in order to register for class.

Beginning Class Schedule

A1 NEW Beginner | Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | No test needed to register for class*

A1.1 Beginner | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class**

A1.2 Beginner | Monday 6:00 – 8:00 pm Must test to register for class

A1.3 Beginner | Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class***

*A1 will not have class on 9/13 or 10/4; make up classes scheduled for 11/29 and 12/6
**A1.1 will not have class on 9/19 or 10/3; make up class scheduled for 11/28 and 12/5
***A1.3 will not have class on 10/25 or 11/15, make up classes scheduled for 11/29 and 12/6

Intermediate Class Schedule

B1 NEW Intermediate | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class*

B1.2 Intermediate | Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class

B2.2 Intermediate | Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class

B2.3 Intermediate | Monday 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class

*no class on 9/12, make up class scheduled for 11/28

Advanced Class Schedule

C2.1 Advanced | Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Must test to register for class

Register for classes here or click on online forms in the menu.

Class Calendar: Adult Program 2017 – 2018 Calendar


La Scuola offers the Italian immersion classes for adults ages 13 and older.

Classes are currently held at the First United Methodist Church, downtown Portland area.

Scuola Italiana has adopted the CEF (Common European Framework) for structuring its adult language classes.

Scuola Italiana adult language immersion classes are small, focused, and lessons are taught in Italian. The average class size is six students. The curriculum is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of students within each language level. At a cost of only $14 per hour, the Scuola’s Italian classes are affordable and highly effective for those who are serious in learning this beautiful language.

While our class schedules follow the traditional school calendar with four terms, you are invited to enroll at any time. We will pro-rate your tuition and registration fees.  Assessment testing is required to join ongoing classes above the beginner level. Email info@scuola.us for additional information.


Class Descriptions
Beginning Italian
Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, learning the language for work, or simply embracing the beautiful Italian language and culture, our beginner classes will provide the framework that is necessary to communicate effectively in real life situations. New beginner classes are offered each term and there are usually ongoing classes at various stages of the beginner level for those who have some experience with the language.

The best way to learn a language is by speaking it. In Beginning Italian, every student will speak the language starting the first day, from very simple phrases to more complex expressions as the term progresses. Our teaching approach at Scuola Italiana is communicative, which means we stress the importance of learning the Italian language in real life contexts and interactions. Grammar lessons are also included at this level of study as they provide a clearer understanding of the language and build the framework that allows students to grow in the language.

During class students will recreate everyday situations such as meeting and greeting people, ordering food and beverages in a coffee shop or restaurant, asking for and providing information and directions on the street and socializing and talking about themselves, their jobs, their hobbies, their families, etc. Throughout this course, students will also gain knowledge of many important aspects of Italian culture.


Intermediate Italian
Students entering the Intermediate level of Italian should be proficient in basic conversational Italian and have a solid comprehension of conditional and future tenses as well as present tense and past tense conjugations such as Passato, Prossimo and Imperfetto.

At this level, students continue to develop their conversational skills and begin working on more advanced grammar rules. Students focus on refining their Italian language skills not only by studying the nuances of the language, but also by understanding the cultural context. Students collaborate as a class and in small groups to write short compositions on a variety of topics, which they will share and discuss among themselves. The classroom atmosphere is one of openness, where students work together and make mistakes together, all with the common goal of gaining fluency in Italian.


Advanced Conversation Italian
Native-like fluency in Italian is only gained through regular and consistent use of the language. Students in Advanced Conversational Italian will receive many opportunities to speak and interpret the language through lively discussions about restaurants and food, current events, art and culture, music, and more.

This course will also cover more advanced Italian grammar, which facilitates reading, writing and speaking the language at a higher level. Grammar lessons may include: conjunctive forms, implicit forms, indirect speech, words alteration, and idiomatic forms.

This class is designed to be flexible and is adapted to meet the needs of students who have a good command of the Italian language.


Class structures and schedules may be subject to change based on enrollment. A minimum of four registered students is required for each class.

If you or your child needs a class that is not listed, please be sure to let us know. We appreciate the opportunity to meet your needs!


Intercession Culture Classes

Vendemmia-Inspired Wine Course: Coming Fall 2017

The Vendemmia-inspired wine course consists of four evenings of wine instruction and tasting.  Each evening will focus on a specific region and guests will learn about all aspects of wine from vineyard to table.  This class is primarily taught in the English language, but will include some Italian language vocabulary related to the subject matter.  The course is taught by Dominique Doré.

Dominique was born in Santa Barbara and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic established in 1837 where her family has had the Foxen Winery since 1985. She spent her first years traveling the back roads of Italy, France and Spain with her family and then returned to live in Italy during her teen years. Dominique went on to graduate with honors in Italian Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and move back to Rome for an additional five years to work as a translator and language trainer. Further to her upbringing on a winery, Dominique worked for ten years in key positions for seminal Italian Importers: Villa Italia, Vinifera and Oliver McCrum. She has also done stints at Flowers and Foxen. Before coming to work at La Scuola Italiana, she completed her Masters in Italian Literature from San Francisco State University with a 3.8 GPA. She is also a certified Wine Educator with Merit through WSET and a founding member of the first Slow Food Chapter in the United States.

Parliamo! (Int/Adv conversation): TBA

Parliamo! presents fascinating conversation opportunities for intermediate and advanced level speakers. Fall term offers four, two-hour sessions that will include discussions about notable Italian figures across architecture, art and film.  Each class offers a new topic of conversation. The full immersion class empowers students to build upon their existing knowledge to add new vocabulary and grammatical structures through speaking, listening, and reading activities.  The objectives of the course are to further develop  1) communicative competence, 2) speaking and listening capacity, 3) expression in the spoken language, and 4) pronunciation, correct intonation and pace of the language.