formal language courses

The formal language courses for 2017 start on 6 February and finish on 8 December. They will be held over 4 terms:

Term 1: Monday 6 February to Friday 7 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 22 September 
Term 4: Monday 9 October to Friday 8 December


Available courses

We currently offer 4 different levels of language courses: Beginner, Continuing Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Time & Location

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the Yarralumla Primary School (Loftus Street, Yarralumla) or at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre (180 London Circuit, City) and consist of 9×2 hour sessions.


Firstly, to enrol in our courses, you must be a financial member of the society. The cost of membership is $40 for individuals and $20 for pensioners.

Secondly, the course fee (from Beginner to Advanced) is $560 for 18-week semester or $295.00per 9-week term.

Thirdly, students should also purchase the recommended textbook. Italian Espresso 1 is used from Beginner 1 to Intermediate levels. The Advanced classes use Italian Espresso 2. These textbooks are available from the Dante Canberra office for $70 each. The office also sells the Italian Espresso 1 and Italian Espresso 2 Workbooks ($30 each).  These are optional but may be useful in giving you some extra practice.

And now? Fill out the online enrolment form, pay for your course and for the textbook and get ready to start an amazing term with us! Don’t forget to join the Society ($40 for individuals or $20 for pensioners). Any doubts? Call us on 6247 1884 or send an email to and we will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions. 

Payment methods

1. Bank Transfer to BSB  082 902 Account 515 003 825 (preferred method)

2. Cheque made out to the Dante Alighieri Society

3. Cash, for in-person enrolments only

Course coordinator

The course coordinator is Francesca Foppoli. She is responsible for the following tasks:

– developing course outlines;
– choosing and supporting teachers, organising teacher training days, updating the teachers’ package;
– deciding on the number and level of courses;
– setting and implementing policy on deferment and refunds;
– liaising with students when necessary;
– organising and analysing student feedback, and reporting outcomes to the committee, teachers, and members.