Italian Language Classes and Tutoring

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Project Description

Introductory Italian

Introductory Italian is designed for students who have never taken an Italian class before. The goal is to develop basic oral and written proficiency in Italian. By the end of the class you should be able to speak and write about a variety of topics, such as your family and friends, your likes/dislikes, food and hobbies, and travel plans. You should also be able to read directions, food menus, train timetables, and short stories (with a dictionary).

Sessions – Winter 2021

For winter 2020, we are dividing Introductory Italian into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs.  Introductory Italian will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm from January 12 – March 4. We plan on Zoom but hope to meet at the institute in the future. This class will be capped at 6 students so please sign up in advance.

Scroll below to sign up. Please send us an email at if you would like more details or have any questions. You can also email us if you would like to learn about fully remote options for Italian language learning.

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Italian III

Italian III will allow students to strengthen their conversational skills and improve their grammar. In this 8-week course, we will learn to speak about a variety of topics, including hobbies, current events, past experiences, and upcoming plans. Students will become more comfortable speaking about more complex subjects, including films, short podcasts, and short stories. This course is designed for students who can speak in the present and passato prossimo, as we will continue to reinforce these skills while expanding our use of the imperfetto and futuro tenses. Come join us for a fun, interactive class at the end of the day!

Sessions – Winter 2021

Italian III will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm from January 12 – March 4. We plan to meet at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave) but may move the class to Zoom if needed. The course will be capped at the first 6 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance.

Not sure if this class is the correct level for you? You can email or call us at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to offer you a free language evaluation. Scroll below to sign up.

Advanced Italian

Advanced Italian offers advanced language practice for students who are conversant in Italian. In this course we will speak about present, past, and future plans. We will watch films, listen to podcasts, news read articles. We will also cover more complex grammar including the conditional, subjunctive, and the remote past (condizionale, congiuntivo, passato remoto). The goal is to strengthen each learner’s oral and written skills.

Sessions – Winter 2021

For winter 2021, we are offering small private groups for advanced Italian students. Please contact us at if you would like to learn more about this opportunity. Both in-person and remote options are available.

Film Critics – Intermediate Italian

Are you feeling a bit restless at home and want to enjoy your month of May? Come and join us for a fun, interactive Italian course through Zoom! In this 4-week course, we will watch an Italian film at home (Netflix or Amazon) each week and then come together once a week to discuss it. By acting as film critics, we will further develop our Italian conversational skills while building our vocabularies. This class is specifically designed for intermediate Italian speakers.

Sessions – Winter 2021

Italian Film Critics (Intermediate Level) will be offered again in Winter 2021.

New to Zoom? Don’t worry – we are happy to speak with you to help you set up a free account. You can reach us by email as or by phone (541) 728 -3022.

Winemaking has been a tradition in the Italian region for over three thousand years and continues to represent one of Italy’s major industries. With the help of an Italian Master Sommelier, we will review the history of winemaking in Italy. Through this workshop we will also develop our Italian vocabulary to be able to describe different wine regions in Italy, grape varietals, flavors, and wine tasting etiquette.

We plan to hold another remote wine workshop in winter 2020. Email us at for more information.

The Language of Italian Food Workshop

Do you love Italian food? You are not alone! In this workshop we will learn more about Italian food through the Italian language. By cooking traditional Italian recipes, we will expand our Italian vocabulary and pronunciation for different meals, ingredients, dishware, flavors, and more. Arrive hungry!

Check this page for future offerings of this class. You can also sign up to be on our mailing list at the bottom of this page and email if you have questions.

Individual Tutoring

Don’t let the current climate limit your language learning progress! Given concerns around COVID-19, our teachers are happy to meet with you digitally for one-on-one instruction. Over your phone or computer, you can speak face-to-face while sharing files, video clips, short stories, written exercises and more. Meeting with a teacher is a great way to improve your language skills through interactive conversations and exercises.

Our language tutoring rate of $43 dollars per hour is the best you’ll find in town, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $40 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you. We also offer semi-private tutoring for 2-4 youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends.  You can see more information about this by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about your language learning needs and get set up to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.


My goal through Bend Language Institute is to provide meaningful education through language and cultural studies to our Bend community. Learning a language isn’t just about memorizing words but understanding another way of life. It helps broaden our perspectives and engage our minds. Plus, it is fun!
Maria Chiara Della Porta
Maria Chiara Della PortaInstructor —Italian
Buongiorno! Born and raised in Italy, I moved to Bend two years ago where I have been enjoying meeting new people and exploring the Pacific Northwest with my family. My love for languages and different cultures began at a young age. In middle school, I went on two cultural exchanges in France and England and later spent one year in Atlanta, GA, where I graduated high school. I returned to Italian to earn a degree in International Management Studies and a Masters in Translation Studies. At university I was awarded an Erasmus Scholarship and I studied for two years in Hamburg as well. I have been happily working as a translator for more than 14 years. In addition to translation and teaching work, I like travelling and cooking Italian cuisine. I am a professional Sommelier and I love sharing my knowledge of wines with those around me.

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