Italian language schools provide lessons for proficiency tests
Where can I find a free course in Italian for foreigners? Is there one near where I live? Can it provide a legally valid certificate?
These are some of the questions which are becoming more frequent as the rules for obtaining – or renewing – a residence permit now include knowledge of Italian at “survival level A2”.
To meet the demand, Milan city hall social policy department has set up an interactive website in collaboration with education authorities, cooperatives and parishes, and aims to cover the entire range of Italian-language courses throughout the city.
The site www.Milano.Italianostranieri.org/en includes sections in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. It also offers video tutorials in several languages explaining the concepts and most important rules concerning Italian requirements for foreigners. The aim is to help newcomers find Italian language courses to meet their needs for location, level of language skill, cost and timetables.
Schools already present on the site can keep their own details updated, while schools not yet covered may apply to the site administration for inclusion. Almost 120 are already listed.
The website is part of the far larger city project to inaugurate a centre for migrants’ culture. It is also part of a local management plan for integration, financed by the national ministry of labour and social policy.