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Parliamo Italiano!

OSIA is committed to helping people of all ages learn to speak and continue to speak Italian. Below are some OSIA partners and resources to help you.

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Edizioni Farinelli: Your source for Italian Learning Materials

Edizioni Farinelli offers exciting new approaches to learning Italian through Italian movies and popular songs as well as readers and exercise books for both learners and teachers of Italian. Materials suited for students in high schools, universities and independent language schools as well as in private instruction and self study. Please order on the website; email for more information and general inquiries.

Edizioni Farinelli website

Italian Language and Cultural Program in Sorrento, Italy

Sant'Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue (SASL) was founded in 1998 as Sorrento Lingue by Dr. Cristiana Panicco. SASL works closely with SUNY Alfred State College, our regional U.S. partner, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, to offer students a wide range of academic courses. SASL is both a study abroad location and an international language school for Italians and foreigners who would like to learn Italian, English, Spanish German, French and Japanese. SASL is a constant international community of cultural exchange.

SASL changed its name from Sorrento Lingue to SASL in 2010 when it moved to a historical building that previously housed the "Istituto Sant'Anna," a convent founded in 1864 by an order of nuns named "Suore di Carità dell'Immacolata Concezione d'Ivrea." The nuns set up a nursery school and later an elementary school, a junior secondary school (1940), a teacher's training school (1981) and a high school with an emphasis on languages (1988). Until 1985, the "Istituto Sant'Anna" hosted a girl’s boarding school, several apostolic activities and the parish service. SASL courses and programs are conducted in classrooms overlooking the picturesque fishing village, Marina Grande or the school's gardens. The school became a full-fledged campus with dormitories for up to 50 students in spring 2013.

Visit the Sant'Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue website for more details.

Lago del Bosco, the Italian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages, celebrated a successful inaugural summer in 2003. Since then, participants from across the country continue to join a staff from all over the Italian-speaking world to take part in one of two, two-week sessions of immersion learning. "Villagers" spend their days playing Italian sports and games; taking part in Italian art, music, and theater activities; and enjoying delicious and authentic Italian meals…entirely in the Italian language! The Village also offers a four-week high school credit session.

Concordia Language Villages

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College Board AP Italian Language & Culture

Italian teachers interested in receiving formal announcements of all professional development opportunities should send their contact information to It is important that Italian teachers be offered additional opportunities to gain insights on AP course content and new pedagogical methodologies and resources, and these could be offered as professional development through school districts, in collaboration with local universities and the department of education in the various states. The national American Association of Teachers of Italian will explore the possibilities of requesting grants for special AP training and workshops offered by various federal agencies.

AP Italian Course Info for Educators

The MLA Language Map, using aggregated data from the 2006–10 American Community Survey, displays the locations and numbers of speakers of Italian and the thirty languages most commonly spoken in the United States.

The MLA Language Map

MLA Study: Italian Language Enrollment in U.S. Colleges

Education First, an international organization that provides language services to students and adults of all ages, gives students the opportunity to study Italian in Italy. Click here to view current courses.

Additional Italian Language Resources:

See our Resources section for more organizations and websites.