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ONLINE Summer Courses 2020

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Registration for our online adult summer classes is now open!


We will continue to deliver our courses by Zoom. Similarly to previous years, our Summer courses will last eight weeks instead of the usual 12, and so we offer them at a reduced price compared to our Fall, Winter and Spring courses.


You can register on our website ( or by calling us at 604 430 3337.

Covid-19 Update on Scholarships

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Due to the COVID-19 situation, both ICC Scholarships and Tony Marzitelli Memorial Scholarship Fund have been suspended for 2020. We will keep this year’s applications on record, and we will evaluate them for the 2021 competition. Thank you for understanding.

Online Italian Resources for Children and Youth

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We are proud that Il Centro’s Children and Youth Program is continuing online via Zoom, and that our classes are helping children and parents in these stressful times. To support learning outside of our virtual classrooms, here are some links to some useful Italian online learning resources.

  • Mamme in sol – Songs for toddlers.
  • Lezioni sul Sofà – A YouTube channel about writers reading books. The website features articles about science, literature and psychology for youth. For 0- to 14-years-old children and youth.
  • My first page – Another YouTube channel dedicated to childrens’ books.
  • Piccole Buone Forchette – An Italian blog about recipes to make with your kids.
  • Finally, an article (in Italian) with even more links to online learning resources in Italian, divided by age group.

Buona lettura e buona visione!

Online Spring Courses for Adults and Children

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Here at il Centro’s School, we worked hard to move our classes to a distance learning format in response to the Coronavirus situation. When we closed il Centro as a proactive precautionary measure against COVID-19, we decided to move our classes to an online format. The fact that many students and parents decided to follow us in this new adventure is proof of our teachers’ creativity and talent.

Today, we are delighted to announce some exciting news about our offerings for the Spring Session.


Registrations for the Adult Online Spring Session (starting on April 14th) are open. The spring offering includes our usual Beginner-to-Advanced Italian classes, as well as specialty courses such as Conversation, Impara l’italiano in Cucina and Impara l’italiano con le Canzoni. 

All of these classes will be delivered online via Zoom. 

You can see the full calendar and register at this link.


During the past few weeks, we continued to offer Children and Youth classes (which started in September 2019) online via Zoom. 

At the same time, for the Spring Session, we are offering two ONLINE courses for Toddlers.

On a final note, we’re sure that you miss visiting il Centro as much as we do. For this reason, we want to reassure you that, as soon as we will be able to reopen our facilities, we will return to an in-person format for all of our courses.

We hope that our courses will bring some relief and distraction in this challenging moment.

Stay safe, and we hope to see you in one of our online courses!

Filastrocche (Toddlers) Class Cancelled on Saturday, February 29th

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On Saturday, February 29th the Filastrocche class for toddlers will not take place. The library will also remain closed on the same day. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Italian Classes Cancelled on January 15th

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The Italian courses for adults and children/youth are cancelled today (January 15th) due to bad weather conditions.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Due chiacchiere e un caffé

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Tuesdays, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Osteria

from January 28 to March 24, 2020


Come and join us for one hour of fun and games

FREE and open to all levels of Italian speakers


For information call us at 604 430 3337


Impara l’italiano con le canzoni

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Songs are a great way to learn Italian and also an interesting window into Italian culture. In this course, you will improve your vocabulary, learn new phrases and become familiar with aspects of Italian lifestyle.

This course is perfect for students with Intermediate proficiency of Italian.

No textbook required. Students will be provided with handouts and materials.

Regular Price $200

ICC Member price $165

To register click here or call us at 604 430 3337.

Impara l’italiano in cucina

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Improve and practice your Italian while having fun.

Discover new words and common sayings associated with Italian cuisine and learn your favorite Italian recipes.

We will spice things up with some grammar too!

Course content:

4 theory lesson

2 show-cooking

This course is recommended to students with a Beginner 2  to Intermediate proficiency in Italian .

Regular Price  210.00                ICC member price 175.00

To register click here or call us at 604 430 3337.

Italian for Travelers 2020

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This class was especially designed for travelers with no previous knowledge of Italian. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary that will help them overcome daily issues while travelling in Italy. Greetings and courtesy expressions, how to order from a menu, how to ask for street directions and book a hotel room are the main topics covered in this course. Discovering the highlights of Italy will  be a focus.

Tuition fee: Regular $180

ICC Member $145

For absolute beginners! No prior knowledge of Italian is required.

No textbook . Students will be provided with handouts and class materials.

To register click here or call us at 604 430 3337.