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 classes ensures you get the most valuable course available in Canberra. Besides, you are taught by native Italian teachers 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.  And 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 five different levels of proficiency: BeginnerContinuing BeginnerIntermediate, Continuing Intermediate and Advanced. the beginner course is based on the Textbook ‘Chiaro! A1’; the continuing beginner and Intermediate course is based on the Textbook  Italian Espresso 1. The Continuing Intermediate uses the textbook Espresso 3. Advanced classes use the textbook Espresso 5. These textbooks are available to our students from the Dante Canberra office at discounted prices.

Depending on demand, we may also run special Italian course for Travellers  and courses on Italian Art and Cinema. 

Time & Location

Language Classes are held on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6-8pm at the Yarralumla Primary School (Loftus Street, Yarralumla), at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre (180 London Circuit, City – only for classes with less than 8 students) or they could be held on Zoom. Please indicate your preference on the enrolment form.


All our standard language courses cost $350 for a 9-week term (2 hours per week).  Those enrolling for a full semester pay only $630 for 18 weeks.  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 grammar courses (FORMAL GRAMMAR CLASSES ONLY).


Payment methods

  • Bank Transfer to BSB  082902 Account 515 003 825 (preferred method)
  • Cheque made out to the Dante Alighieri Society
  • Cash, for in-person enrolments only

Course calendar 2021

Term 1: Monday 1 February to Friday 2 April
Term 2: Monday 26 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3: Monday 19 July to Friday 17 September 
Term 4: Monday 11 October to Friday 10 December

Enrolment or Enquiries

Enrol online or direct enquiries to: or call Dante office on 61935028
* Courses are available only to members of the Dante Alighieri Society