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5 Engaging and innovative Italian language textbooks

Our Team at Centro Studi Cassia has produced a number of language textbooks that we use in our classes and have been widely adopted by many universities worldwide. 

Textbooks include two innovative and engaging grammar books ( and For English Speakers) and three course-books on Italian food, society, art and religion (Buon Appetito!, Permesso?, Arte, Religione e Società).

From beginners to advanced

The levels of our Italian language textbooks range from A1 to C2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), i.e from complete beginners to advanced/fluent.

Wide range of topics

Italian Grammar, Art, Religion, Society and Food.

Adopted by many universities

Our textbooks have been adopted worldwide by a number of universities teaching Italian as a foreign language, including:

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by Gruppo CSC

A fresh approach for English-speaking students of Italian, which correlates authentic Italian texts from a wide variety of sources to handy grammar files in English, brings the student into direct contact with the Italian language.

A panorama of Italian life and customs revealed through literature, advertising, comic strips,anecdotes, contemporary news articles on art,cooking,history and society at large offers a comprehensive view of Italian culture..

The book is geared to L2 students of all nationalities, with an eye to the parallels and contrast between English and Italian. The course presents a model reflecting current spoken Italian and grammar files avoid complicated technical terms.

A varied range of oral and written exercises and word games, from the purely mechanical to the more articulated and complex, completes each unit to lead the student to increasing proficiency.

The appendix contains a key to all the exercises.

The book can be used as a self-learning tool, or as the mainstay of a language course.


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By G. Iacovoni

This bilingual grammar has all the advantages of the monolingual version in that it uses authentic materials, introduces students to cultural aspects of Italy, and contains exercises making it a compact and practical point of reference.

The aim is to present a model of Italian grammar as close as possible to spoken Italian, and so emphasis is placed on illustrating how grammar points are employed in authentic situations by providing examples of real adverts, images and dialogues.

In this version, explanations, instructions and differences between English and Italian grammar are all given in English making it an ideal complementary resource for students working towards AS and A2 level Italian.

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Excellent grammar book!

Our Team at Centro Studi Cassia has produced a number of language textbooks that we use in our classes and have been widely adopted by many universities worldwide. 


Author: Maria S.

Book Editions:

Edition : Italian edition
Name :
Author : Centro Studi Cassia
ISBN : 8875734275
Date Published : 10/20/2009
Format : Paperback

Edition : English edition
Name : For English speakers
Author : Centro Studi Cassia
ISBN : 8875734305
Date Published : 02/08/2010
Format : Paperback

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University of Toronto

by Gabriella Iacovoni, Nadia Persiani, and Barbara Fiorentino.

The members of the Centro Studi Cassia Group, Gabriella Iacovoni, Nadia Perslani and Barbara Fiorentino, provide a fresh approach to teaching and learning Italian as a second language (L2) with their text for English-speakers.

Presented in a logical and clear fashion, the authors build upon their experience, studies and research in the field of language teaching to produce a thorough text that is both effective and easy to consult. for English-speakers is, as stated in the title, intended to meet the needs of English-speaking L2 learners of Italian. The authors’ stated intention is to provide knowledge of contemporary spoken Italian. However, that is not to say that grammar is neglected; rather, the Centro Studi Cassia Group weaves these two aspects together seamlessly throughout the text, creating an environment in which grammatical rules are contextualized within their appropriate cultural milieu (including but not limited to literature, advertising, comic strips and contemporary articles), thus creating an unconscious language learning experience.

The text is divided into forty main units, every unit containing one main grammatical concept as its base. All the material included within each individual unit reinforces the unit’s particular grammatical concept.

Visually stimulating and aesthetically pleasing, the graphics of each unit are employed as tools not only to attract and retain the focus of the learner, but as didactic tools as well. Images, illustrations and colorful charts prove to be especially important in the presentation of new vocabulary, in avoiding translation between English and Italian, and also in restraining the need for long instructions.

Each unit is subdivided into an introduction of new grammar structures being presented (forms, uses, exceptions and peculiarities), followed by a wide variety of exercises, all of which employ colorful photographs, and all of which are varied from unit to unit, avoiding monotony. Furthermore, the constant variation in exercises-from letter writing, to the completion of charts, to matching, crosswords and verb conjugations–requires the constant assimilation, manipulation and application of the material learned.

Following the exercises, a didactic word game is included, preceded by a section entitled “in-text grammar.” Authentic texts, contained within the “in-text grammar” section, are enriched with cultural information (art, cooking, geography, customs) to stimulate conversation and also comparison with different cultures. These texts contain “useful, interesting or amusing information about Italian life and customs, [and] are correlated to handy grammar files which are geared to practical use” (3). This section is also completed with activities suitable for more advanced students.

Throughout the text, one cannot help but notice the innovative inclusion of grammar notes, or files, as named by the authors. These files provide clear explanations of the grammatical concepts presented in the source material, while avoiding complicated technical terms. This, in turn, facilitates the comprehension and assimilation of each unit’s grammatical concept. Similarly, a core set of symbols is consistently used throughout the text, identifying new grammatical points, explaining how respective grammatical points are used, drawing attention to distinctive features of the language, and introducing word games.

Geared toward L2 learners, and including parallels and contrasts between English and Italian, this text introduces grammar structures gradually, from the simple to the more complex, and according to frequency of use.

Beginning with the alphabet and proper pronunciation, the users of this text will make their way through twelve types of verb conjugations, a variety or pronouns and advanced grammatical concepts including conditional sentences, as well as sophisticated linguistic capabilities such as the use of the passive voice. The complexity of the exercises and the nature of the source material adapt to the respective changes in the grammatical material.

An appendix is included at the end of the text, in which is contained a key to all the exercises included within the text (enabling self-check and the documentation of progress), as well as tables of regular and main irregular verb conjugations.

by Joanne Granata (University of Toronto)

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