10 Quick Reasons to Love Italian

Besides the fact that learning Italian is fun, there are other good reasons to grow a proficiency in the language. Elisa Dossena at Princeton University’s Italian Department recently published a compelling list of ten reasons to learn Italian. Take a look and let us know your motives! 1. Why do you think Mozart composed most […]


Check out the Italian AP Exam Resource Center

Thinking about taking the Italian AP. You’ve come to the right spot! On this page, you will find all the information you need to prepare and register for the test. Study hard, bring your confidence and you will succeed. Good luck! ••• Quick reference charts that supply expectations for student performance in the three modes […]

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Italian is Easy to Learn for Spanish and French Speakers

Italian is a great complement to Spanish, French and Latin. If you already speak Spanish or French, picking up Italian is quick and easy — and gives you a valuable skill in the global business arena. Phonologically, Spanish and Italian are very similar, so that a Spanish speaking person could effortlessly pronounce Italian. Often times, even without any […]


Bright Spots of Italian in the Bay

La Scuola, the Bay’s premier pre-K though 8th grade international Italian school, has been granted IB Candidacy by the IBO (based in Geneva, International Baccalaureate Organization) – and is on track to become SF’s first international elementary school in the next 18-24 months. Way to go La Scuola! Read more about international schools here. They’ve been hot […]



Hear it from Chris Sciarretta, an Italian American who learned Italian to connect with his heritage and expand his worldview.   Meet Valerie Burgoyne a proud student of the University of Utah — and of the Italian language.   In this video Mario De Lecce tells how Italian helped him connect with his roots, create […]


Take Action!

Action is needed to bolster and reinvigorate Italian language instruction in our communities. This is an appeal to all Italians, Italian-Americans, Italophiles and Americans who see the great educational potential of Italian for themselves and their kids. Let’s pool our efforts!  What are our objectives? We would love to see Italian flourish, from pre-schools to PhD programs, as well as in adult […]


Adopt an Italian-Language Student Campaign Starts Strong

The campaign to “Adopt an Italian-Language Student” started with a bang last Saturday at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in San Francisco. For quite some time AP training opportunities on the West Coast have been scarce. It was high time for the teachers of Italian of the Bay Area to be paid a most welcome […]

Italian Equals Identity for Americans with Italian ancestry

Knowledge of the Italian language is an existential question for Americans of Italian origin. Often their ancestors spoke local Italian dialects when coming to the US, and later may have even discouraged the use of Italian in the household as means to assimilate more easily. Today, new generations of Italian-Americans have the luxury to be […]


Italian Makes You Stand Out

Italy was the cradle of Western civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and produced a unique cultural heritage. The Reputation Institute ranked Italy first in the world in 2013 for culture. Indeed, according to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy. […]