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CIS - Italian for Foreigners: Research, Training and Education

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CIS - Italiano per stranieri - ricerca, formazione, didattica
Address: via Salvecchio 19 24129 - Bergamo - Cittą alta
Tel.: +39 035 2052407
Fax: +39 035 2052771
E-mail: infocis@unibg.it
Office hours: The office (via Salvecchio 19 - 24129 Bergamo - Cittą alta) is open: Monday, Wednesday 9.00-12.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 14.00-16.30
Staff: contacts

Co-ordinator: Prof. Roberta Grassi

C.I.S. - Italian for Foreigners - Research, Training and Teaching, is the result of more than 30 years' experience in providing Italian Courses for Foreigners.

Among its various teaching activities, CIS offers courses of Italian Language and Literature for Foreigners according to the learner's initial level of competence. The courses organized by the Centre are either intensive (4, 3 or 2 weeks) or non-intensive (15 weeks). CIS also develops and organizes international training and exchange programmes.

In addition to face learning, CIS offers self-study e-learning language activities. The e-learning programs can be combined with intensive or non-intensive courses or with individual tuition through webcam or chat. One of the latest distance learning projects created by CIS is a blended course of Italian culture.

As part of its programme, CIS organizes training courses and seminars as well as refresher courses aimed at teachers and which concern the teaching of Italian as a second language. It also offers seminars for teachers of mixed native language classes in both state and private schools and institutes of all kinds and at all levels.

As part of its research and consultancy activities, CIS collaborates with university research projects dealing with Italian as a second language. These include: "Linguistics, language acquisition, theory and methodology" and "Foreign language immigration in Italy".

Since the year 2003, CIS has produced, in collaboration with the publisher Guerra (Perugia), the Proceedings of its Convention-Seminar, as well as materials for the refresher courses for teachers of Italian as a second language.

For further information and registration please contact:

Segreteria CIS
Universitą degli studi di Bergamo
via Salvecchio 19 - room 32
24129 Bergamo - Italia

Every academic year CIS organizes the following courses:

Semestral activities

  • General courses
    5 levels (from beginners to advanced, A1-C1), 60 hours, in the two academic semesters (October-January, February-May)
  • Special courses
    Writing, business Italian and culture courses, for students from level B1 onwards, 30 hours, in the two academic semesters (October-January, February-May)
  • Individual tuition on request

Intensive courses

Courses for beginners and elementary students, 30 hours, 1 week in September and in January.

Summer intensive course (July)

5 levels (from beginners to advanced, A1-C1), 100 hours, 4 weeks, with recreational activities and lectures on contemporary Italian culture. It is possible to attend 2 or 3 weeks.

Marco Polo courses

Courses for Chinese students joining the project Marco Polo.

Information about the courses

  1. In addition to face learning, students can take self-study e-learning language activities
  2. Each course includes an entry test and a final test. On request, students will receive a certificate bearing the marks obtained
  3. At the end of the course students will receive a certificate of attendance.

a) Online application form06/07/2018
c) Dates and fees 2018/201906/07/2018
d) Courses of Italian for foreign students05/07/2013
e) The method / The courses11/10/2012
f) Teaching of Italian as a foreign language14/10/2011
g) Research12/10/2007
h) Services14/10/2011
i) Publications12/10/2007

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