Italian Basic Language Program: 101-102-103-104

Professor Chiara Fabbian

Italian Program Director
1830 University Hall



After the 101-104 Sequence

Course Descriptions

Placement test:

If you have taken Italian, lived in Italy, or are a native-Italian speaker, you will need to take a placement test before enrolling into Italian. To schedule your placement test, contact the UIC Office of Testing Service. If you have never taken Italian before nor lived in an Italian country/family, you should sign up for Italian 101.

After the placement test: register for the course indicated on the test results. Attend the class. If, after a few days, you feel that you were not placed correctly, contact the program Director, Professor Chiara Fabbian.

Remember that any changes must be completed before the end of the second week of the semester.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Italian?

Italy’s cultural importance spans from antiquity through the present, and knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields (literature, art, music, fashion, culinary arts, interior design, etc.). Click why study Italian to find out more!

What will I get out of my Italian class if Italian is not my minor?

Italian classes will help you develop skills useful across the curriculum: reading more effectively writing a well-crafted essay successful test-taking public speaking critical thinking cultural understanding problem-solving teamwork computer skills.

What can I expect from the first two years of Italian?

Learning Italian means working with language in communicative contexts, and gain a better understanding about Italian culture. We will study grammar, practice speaking, read articles and short literary readings, watch movies, listen to music, write compositions, etc. You will discover that learning Italian is useful and fun!

Where can I get free help?

Instructor office hours (or make an appointment) and Italian tutoring hours. For more information, write to Professor Chiara Fabbian.

Where can I practice speaking Italian?

In class, during our free conversation sections, and at our weekly meeting at the Italian table, "La tavola italiana". We offer plenty of cultural activities thoughout the semester, and all our students are encouraged to participate! For more information, write to

What can I do after the 101-104 sequence?

After passing Italian 104, you may take Italian 200, 210 or 230 and consider a Minor in Italian. Contact Professor Chiara Fabbian or the advisor (TBA) for more information. Remember that if you complete a major in Teacher Education, you can teach Italian too. All you need to do to get an endorsement in Italian, is to earn 20 credit hours in the subject matter beyond 104 and take the content exam in Italian. Schools tend to hire candidates who can teach more than one subject/language. Consider adding a minor in Italian especially if you are a major in the Teaching of Spanish, French, German or English. Questions? Contact Professor Inma Taboada.