Everyday Italian for Beginners*

Everyday Italian for Beginners is a 3-week full-immersion program at the Middlebury Italian School. It is designed to offer a unique learning environment where participants can easily absorb the richness of Italian language and culture. Everyday Italian for Beginners is not credit bearing and is only for adult students that know little or no Italian. Participation is limited to 10 students. *This course is not intended for current undergraduate students.


This program includes three hours of class daily, Monday thru Friday. All classes will be taught by experienced language instructors and students in this program will sign Middlebury’s famous Language Pledge®. One hour daily will be dedicated to grammar, culture, and conversation respectively. Students will learn to read, write and speak about simple topics in the present, past and future.

Students will be able to greet people, introduce themselves, ask for information, order at a restaurant, tell time and engage in basic conversation. Students will also understand fundamental vocabulary and grammar, including the present tense use of many common regular and irregular verbs, singular and plural nouns, articles and adjectives, as well as basic prepositions. Coursework will also include songs, films, articles about various topics relating to food, art and travel in Italy. Students will also have the opportunity to attend an optional diction workshop in the late afternoon.

Co-Curricular Activities

Students enrolled in Everyday Italian for Beginners will be able to participate in the rich variety of co-curricular activities available to all students, regardless of program, at the Middlebury Italian School. In recent years, these co-curricular activities have included films, theatre performances, concerts, opera performances, intramural soccer, cooking lessons, lectures, creative writing workshops, cultural presentations and field trips to the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, the Italian-American Museum of San Francisco and select wineries near Napa Valley.

Meals & Accommodation

Like all students at the Middlebury Italian School, participants in Everyday Italian for Beginners are expected to eat all meals with the Italian School and to live in the Italian School dorm on the sunny campus of Mills College in Oakland, California. There are no suites or private bathrooms. The dorm is a two-story building. While the Language Schools cannot guarantee that all special housing requests can be met, we will make every effort to accommodate student needs as identified on enrollment forms submitted prior to April 1, 2019. All meals are served in Founders Dining Hall, which is located on a hill (please watch this video for details). Most classes are held either in the dorm or in academic buildings located on flat ground within 400 meters of the dorm.


Admission to Everyday Italian for Beginners is entirely separate from admissions to the Italian School 7-week immersion program. Since Everyday Italian for Beginners is not a credit-bearing program, neither transcripts nor letters of recommendation are required for admission; however, applicants must fill out the standard online Middlebury Language Schools application and complete all steps as directed. Applicants should select “Italian for Adults” on the application. In some cases, a brief phone interview with the Director and/or the Coordinator of the Italian School may be required prior to admission.

No financial aid is available for Everyday Italian for Beginners.

Alumni of the Italian School interested in returning for 3-weeks of non-credit full immersion in more advanced levels should contact Professor Vitti to discuss the possibility of non-credit placement in the appropriate 7 or 6-week classes. Pending approval by Professor Vitti, alumni should contact the Italian School Coordinator to arrange formal acceptance and enrollment.

Dates & Fees

Dates: June 26-July 17, 2020

Location: Bennington, Vermont

Cost (Tuition, Room & Board): $4,435

The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5874
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joe Tamagni, Assistant Director