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: Beginner A, Beginner BPre-IntermediateIntermediate, Pre-Advanced and Advanced. The Beginner courses are based on the Textbook ‘Chiaro! A1’; the Pre-Intermediate course is based on the textbook ‘Chiaro! A2’; the Intermediate course is based on the textbook “Chiaro! B1”; the Pre-Advanced course is based on the textbook “Nuovo Espresso 4”; the Advanced course is based on the textbook “Nuovo Espresso 5”.  These textbooks are available to our students from the Dante Canberra office at discounted prices.

Time & Location

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


All our standard language courses cost $350 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

  • Bank Transfer to BSB: 082902 Account: 515 003 825 (preferred method).
  • 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 2022

Term 1: Monday 31 January to Friday 1 April.
Term 2: Monday 25 April to Friday 25 June.
Term 3: Monday 18 July to Friday 16 September.
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 9 December.

Enrolment or Enquiries

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