Language classes

Our Italian courses cater for a wide range of needs. Whether you are interested in travelling, studying, improving your language skills, or you just want to have a taste of Italian culture, the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra is the place to go.

Enrolment in one of our classes ensures you get the most valuable course available in Canberra. Besides, you are taught by native Italian teachers or equivalent in the authentic and friendly environment of a non-profit, community organisation that has been promoting the Italian language and culture in Canberra for more than 60 years.

Available courses

We offer members* of the Society classes for beginners with little if any knowledge of Italian and for those seeking to improve their proficiency in the language. All the courses are designed to develop and promote communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. We are the only Italian language provider in Canberra that provides its students the opportunity to practice what they learn in optional conversation groups.

We currently offer courses catering for different levels of proficiency: A1.1 (Beginners A), A1.3 (Beginners B), A2.1 (Pre-Intermediate), B1.1 (Intermediate), B2.1 (Pre-Advanced), C1.1 (Advanced 1) and C2.1 (Advanced 2) as per the European Framework of language levels. A1.1 and A1.3 are based on the textbook ‘Chiaro! A1’; A2.1 is based on the textbook ‘Chiaro! A2’; B1.1 is based on the textbook “Chiaro! B1”; B2.1 is based on the textbook “Nuovo Espresso 4”; C1.1 is based on the textbook “Nuovo Espresso 5”; and C2.1 is based on the textbook “Nuovo Espresso 6”. These textbooks are available to our students from the Dante Office at $60 per book.

Time & Location

Language Classes are held on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons and evenings at the ‘Italian Cultural Centre’ (80 Franklin Street, Forrest ACT 2603) for face-to-face classes or via Zoom for online classes.

A1.1 (Beginners A): Monday 6-8pm (06/02 – 03/03) (FULLY BOOKED)
A1.1 (Beginners A): Wednesday 3-5pm (01/02 – 29/03)
A1.1 (Beginners A): Wednesday 6-8pm (01/02 – 29/03) (FULLY BOOKED)
A1.3 (Beginners B): Tuesday 6-8pm (31/01 – 28/03)
A2.1 (Pre-Intermediate): Tuesday 6-8pm (31/01 – 28/03) (FULLY BOOKED)

B1.1 (Intermediate): Wednesday 6-8pm (01/02 – 29/03)
B2.1 (Pre-Advanced): Wednesday 6-8pm (01/02 – 29/03)

C1.1 (Advanced 1): Monday 6-8pm (30/01 – 27/03)
C2.1 (Advanced 2): Tuesday 3-5pm (31/01 – 28/03)


All our standard language courses cost $400 for a 9-week term, 2 hours per week (subject to change based on number of enrolments). All students will receive a complimentary enrolment in an appropriate conversation group (held Thursday evenings). At the beginning of each term, we offer a 10% early bird discount on all group courses.

Payment methods

  • Square Online Checkout below the enrolment forms.
  • Bank Transfer to BSB: 082902 Account: 515 003 825.
  • Card payments made at the Dante Office at the Italian Cultural Centre.
  • Cheque made out to the Dante Alighieri Society.
  • Cash (for in-person enrolments only).

Course calendar 2023

Term 1: Monday 30th January to 31st March
Term 2: Monday 24th April to 23rd June
Term 3: Monday 17th July to 15th September
Term 4: Monday 9th October to 8th December

Enrolment & Enquiries

Enrol online or direct enquiries to
*Courses are available only to members of the Dante Alighieri Society.