CIS offers classes at various levels for students from the age of 6 months to 15 years old. Our children and kids' lessons are stimulating, entertaining and the children have fun while learning.
Children and kids are encouraged to experiment with the language through a wide range of engaging activities and start speaking Italian in a very natural way.
Online Children & Kids courses – 10 weeks
2021 term 4
4 October - 11 December
10% off for siblings
*Please note we are not currently offering the Mamma Chioccia and Pulcini courses.
Our lively and creative program helps children feel the excitement of learning Italian and gives them an insight into Italian culture.
The classes are conducted almost entirely in Italian to guarantee a full immersion. However, every care is taken to meet the specific needs and abilities of each child.
Our teachers are all native Italians and fully qualified. They are skilled at creating classroom materials and lesson planning, so progress is maintained through the years.
We make sure all teachers are screened through a face-to-face interview and they are all ‘working with children’ checked.
We strongly advise you to take advantage of our early years teaching so your children can grow up fluent and at ease with a second language. Help them discover the joy of the Italian language and culture.
For any enquiry please write at email@example.com
Each age is different, so we have a range of five classes for infants right through to teenagers about to take Italian at school.
Mamma chioccia 6–12 months
Currently not running this course.
Babies smile at familiar faces and pay attention to sounds. It’s the starting point for language learning.
They unconsciously absorb information and seek to communicate, respond to their own names and
react to music.
We follow the Montessori approach and use rhythm, melody and harmony to stimulate learning.
Take the first steps in an extraordinary journey with your baby in our Mamma Chioccia class.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Pulcini 1–3 years
Be prepared be work one-on-one with your toddler in class to create the best conditions for learning Italian and discovering new worlds through the senses.
Tell stories together, sing nursery rhymes, play musical instruments, draw and scribble with crayons and paper to encourage their imagination.
Learning can be a little messy with sand, mud, clay, play dough and paints. Throw in soap bubbles, sponges, balls and plastic cups. You get the idea.
Interactive play helps stimulate creativity, imagination and language as well as developing gross motor skills, critical thinking and early learning of mathematical concepts.
Duration: 45 minutes.
Esploratori 3–5 years
As children become more independent, they interact with teachers and classmates. This class is filled with fun activities, games, songs and dances come with storytelling and exploration. We encourage all forms of play and sociability to build vocabulary, numeracy and speaking basic Italian sentences.
Storytelling on screen in three-to-five-minute bursts helps develop language-cognitive and communication skills, to build and enrich their vocabulary and to stimulate their thinking.
Duration: 1 hourView timetable and enrol
Costruttori 6–7 years
Costruttori is for children familiar with Italian at home as well as students who have already done more than two years with CIS.
They are expected to recognise and identify common objects in Italian and be ready to express ideas and make their needs known with simple conversations.
We encourage independence and creative thinking as they gain an understanding of the world around them and develop social relationships.
Importance is given to play-based learning with arts and craft activities, painting, music, dance, games, cooperative play, easy projects, missions and story telling.
The challenge is to change perceptions, so we are not seen to be forcing learning, but encouraging children see the world through different eyes.
In essence, a child has to forget he or she is learning Italian before they can learn Italian easily and naturally.
Duration: 1 hour
Resource: Ambaraba 1 textbook.View timetable and enrol
I Ragazzi 8–11 years
These classes are built around activities aimed at stimulating the natural liveness and curiosity of children.
They develop confidence and become more acquainted with using Italian to communicate through dramatic play, technology and games.
Students practice Italian grammar, writing, and reading in Italian and are always encouraged to use Italian during the lesson. Italian language learning starts to build connections with other subjects such as science, geography, music and arts.
Each week, students will be set a different language challenge that can be fun for the whole family.
Resource: Ambaraba 2&3 - textbook & workbookView timetable and enrol
Gli Adolescenti 12–15 years
This class is divided into different levels depending on the amount of Italian previously studied.
Students will build on knowledge of the language and practice the four skills in language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The children are involved in developing topics that interest them as they gain insights into grammar and develop conversational skills.
Audio, interactive video and cultural readings enhance the learning experience.
The course is conducted in Italian with minimal use of English. Full immersion is the best way to master language.
Beginner level: English is allowed for the first three classes only.
Intermediate level: Classes are conducted in Italian with minimal use of English.
Advanced level: Classes are conducted entirely in Italian.
Resource: Textbooks: Espresso Ragazzi 1 and 2.View timetable and enrol