Casa Italia | Italian Cultural Center - 3800 Division Street Stone Park, IL 60165

Children’s Italian Language Classes, 2022 – 2023

Discount extended until September 18th.

Children’s classes run for 30 weeks, September 2022 – May 2023.

Exploratory – offered to children between ages 5 – 7 for 1 hour.

Beginning (levels 1, 2, 3) – offered to students between ages 8 – 12 for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Intermediate & Advanced – offered to students ages 12 and 14 for 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Fees: Exploratory  $415 if paid before August 31; $465 regular rate

Beginning (levels 1, 2, 3)
Intermediate & Advanced

$590 if paid before August 31; $640 regular rate


Textbooks are required for most classes, and are not included.  
* Sibling discount available.

Please Note: Exploratory students who turn 5 before the end of December will be allowed to register for the class.

We are currently planning to host all children’s classes in-person.  We will continue to take safety precautions at each location to help ensure the well-being of all students and staff members.


Classes may be moved to the online format, if necessary, based on how the current COVID situation will evolve.


CAROL STREAMAngelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets 550 East North Avenue
Tuesday, September 20 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Exploratory (Session 1)
  5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Exploratory (Session 2)
Friday, September 23 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Beginning 1
  6:15 – 7:45 p.m. – Beginning 2, 3
Click Here To Register For Carol Stream  
DES PLAINES – Des Plaines Theatre    CANCELLED 1476 Miner Street
Tuesday, October 18 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Exploratory
  5:45 – 7:15 p.m. – Beginning 1 (only)
ELMWOOD PARK – Recreation Center 2 Conti Parkway
Saturday, September 24 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Exploratory
  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Beginning 1
  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Beginning 2, 3
  2:15 – 3:45 p.m. – Intermediate / Advanced
Click Here To Register For Elmwood Park  
HIGHWOOD – Highwood Bocce Courts 440 Bank Lane
Saturday, September 24 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Exploratory
  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Beginning 1, 2
Click Here To Register For Highwood  
LEMONT – St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School 20W145 Davey Road
Saturday, September 24 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Exploratory
  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Beginning 1, 2
Click Here To Register For Lemont  



Refund Policy

A full tuition refund of 100% will be given if a student withdraws before the first scheduled class. A partial refund of 80% will be given if a student withdraws between the first and second scheduled classes. NO refunds will be given after the second scheduled class.

**Books for children’s and adults’ classes are not sold by Casa Italia.  They are not returnable and not refundable. 




Overview of Children’s Language Classes

Exploratory:  In this class, the students will be at the early stage of Italian language learning. They will be exposed to a variety of materials used to introduce and reinforce basic vocabulary skills across a range of topics. Students will also experience fun-filled activities, such as Italian fairy tales, music and rhymes that will keep them engaged and immersed in the language learning process.

Please Note: Only students who are in second grade will be using a textbook.


Beginning:  In this class, Level 1 students will continue to expand their vocabulary skills and will also experience the first approach to grammar concepts in a playful and fun way. Levels 2 and 3 students will acquire knowledge of new grammar concepts and will continue to expand their vocabulary, conversational and academic language skills. They will also be introduced to basic concepts of Italian geography and they will take virtual trips exploring ancient monuments, churches, fountains and squares of famous Italian cities.


Intermediate & Advanced:  In these classes, students will focus on applying grammar rules correctly and communicating more effectively in Italian. They will sharpen their comprehension skills by reading a variety of cultural passages in the target language. The Advanced students will learn new verbal structures and will work on developing their writing and conversational skills. They will also expand their knowledge of Italian geography & civilization and they will briefly be introduced to Italy’s history as well.


** Students in all classes will be exposed to memorable cultural experiences in a fun way. They will learn, through hands-on projects, all about important Italian holidays such as Natale, Carnevale, Festa del Papa’, and Pasqua. They will discover the Italian traditions of each specific Italian holiday and they will be able to compare and contrast the ways each holiday is celebrated in Italy and in the United States.




Children’s Textbooks

Exploratory Class:    

(ages 5-6)        All materials will be provided by the teacher. No textbook required.

(age 7)             Al Circo, CD is recommended at additional cost. (textbook required for students who are in 2nd grade only)   

                        ISBN:   9789607706775

                        Textbook can be purchased at Applause Learning 1-800-277-5287


Beginning Class:    (2 textbooks required)

(ages 8-9)        Level 1- New Students

                        – Forte 1 (book and CD) (vocabulary)                                    ISBN:  9789606632655   

                        – Grammatica Italiana per Bambini                              ISBN:  9788889237700


(ages 10-12)   Level 1 – New Students

                       – Forte 1 (book and CD) (vocabulary)                                    ISBN:  9789606632655

                       – Forte in Grammatica                                                          ISBN:  9788898433322


                          Level 2 – Returning Students (2nd year students only)

                        – Forte 2 (book and CD) (vocabulary)                                   ISBN:  9789606930447

                       – Forte in Grammatica                                                          ISBN:  9788898433322


                        Level 3 – Returning Students (3rd year students only)

                       – Forte 3 (book and CD) (vocabulary)                                    ISBN:  9789606930720

                       – Forte in Grammatica                                                      ISBN:  9788898433322

                        Textbooks can be purchased at Applause Learning 1-800-277-5287


Intermediate Class: (2 textbooks required) New Students

(ages 12+)    – Avanti con L’Italiano book                                                ASPR- 648 H-F

                      – Avanti con L’Italiano workbook                                      ASPR- 648 W-F

                       Textbooks can be purchased at Applause Learning 1-800-277-5287


Advanced Class: (1 textbook required) 

(ages 13+)    Italian First Year (second edition) by A. Gimondo         ISBN:  978-1-56765-441-7                          (English Version) New Students

                       – Italian TWO and THREE Years (third edition) by J. Tursi   ISBN:  978-1-56765-442-4             (Italian Version) Returning Students

                        Textbook can be purchased at Perfection Learning:  1-800-831-4190


* To qualify for the early registration discount, your registration form and full payment must be received by the office no later than August 31, 2022.  Registrations sent by mail will be accepted if post marked by August 31, 2022.  No exceptions will be made.



To register do one of the following:

Register by Mail: Complete our online registration form and mail check payment to Casa Italia, 3800 W. Division, Stone Park, IL 60165.

Register in Person: Visit Casa Italia’s offices to register, 3800 West Division, Stone Park, IL. Registration hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register Online: Click on the class link above.

For more information call (708) 345-5933 Ext. 2 or e-mail us at