Italian: Part time degree of language from HELPCAT Malaysia


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    Italian is a Romance language. It is the second-closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary after Sardinian. Italian is an official language in Italy,SwitzerlandSan MarinoVatican City, and Istria (in Slovenia and Croatia). It used to have official status in AlbaniaMalta and Monaco, where it is still widely spoken, and in former Italian East Africa and Italian North Africa regions where it plays a significant role in various sectors. Italian is spoken by large expatriate communities in the Americas and by small minorities in places such as CrimeaFrance (especially in Corsica),BelgiumMontenegro and Tunisia.  Many speakers are native bilinguals of both standardized Italian and other regional languages.
    Italian is a major European language, being one of the official languages of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and one of the working languages of the Council of Europe. It is the third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers (13% of the EU population) and it is spoken as a second language by 14 million EU citizens (3%). Including Italian speakers in non-EU European countries (such as Switzerland and Albania) and on other continents, the total number of speakers is around 85 million.
    Italian is the main working language of the Holy See, serving as the lingua franca in the Roman Catholic hierarchy as well as the official language of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Italian is known as the language of music because of its use in musical terminology and opera. Its influence is also widespread in thearts and in the luxury goods market. Italian has been reported as the fourth or fifth most frequently taught foreign language in the world.
    Italian was adopted by the state after the Unification of Italy and is based on Tuscan, which beforehand was a language spoken mostly by the upper class of Florentine society. Its development was also influenced by other Italian languages and to some minor extent, by the Germanic languages of the post-Roman invaders. Unlike most other Romance languages, Italian retains Latin’s contrast between short and long consonants. As in most Romance languagesstress is distinctive.
    At HELP CAT, we offer Italian short course according to the Common European Framework of Reference for

    The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. These levels are:

    Level group

    Level group name


    Level name



    Basic user


    Breakthrough or beginner

    • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
    • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
    • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


    Waystage or elementary

    • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
    • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
    • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


    Independent user


    Threshold or intermediate

    • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
    • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
    • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


    Vantage or upper intermediate

    • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
    • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
    • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


    Proficient user


    Effective operational proficiency or advanced

    • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
    • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
    • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
    • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


    Mastery or proficiency

    • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
    • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
    • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.


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    Italian Short Courses Intake 2017

    Italian Beginner’s Course

    First Semester (Please register by 6 January 2016)
    (A)   Class Day

    January 14, 21
    February 4, 11, 18, 25
    March 4, 11, 18, 25

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian Level A1.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm

    Second Semester (Please register by 22 April 2017)
    (A)   Class Day

    May 6, 13, 20, 27
    June 3, 10, 17
    July 1, 8, 15, 22

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm
    Italian Level A1.2 2:00pm – 5:00pm

    Third Semester (Please register by 1 July 2017)

    (A)   Class day:

    Aug 19, 26
    Sep 9, 23, 30
    Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
    Nov 4

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian Level A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm
    Italian Level A1.2 9:30am – 12:30pm
    Italian Level A2.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm

    Italian Intermediate Course

    First Semester (Please register by 2 January 2016)

    (A)   Class Day

    January 12, 19, 26
    February 16, 23
    March 2,9,16,23,30

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian Level B1.3 7:00pm – 10:00pm

    Second Semester (Please register by 1 April 2017)

    (A)   Class Day

    April 20, 27,
    May 4, 11, 18, 25
    June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    July 6

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian B2.1 7:00pm – 9:30pm

    Third Semester (Please register by 20 July 2017)

    (A)   Class day:

    Aug 3, 10, 17, 24
    Sep 7, 14, 28
    Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
    Nov 2

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time
    Italian Level B2.2 7:00pm – 9:30pm


    Payment of Fees

    You will have to pay the (A) Lecture Fees & Material Fees (compulsory),

    1. Fees (Compulsory)
    Level Lecture Fees
    (RM) (+GST)
    Material Fees (RM) (+GST)
    Italian Level A1.1 800


    Italian Level A1.2 800


    Italian Level A2.1 800


    Italian Level A2.2 800


    Italian Level B1.3 820


    Italian Level B2.1 830


    Italian Level B2.2 830



    Payment by hand at HELP CAT
    You can only pay the fees by cash or cheque (payable to: HELP COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY SDN BHD) upon registration in HELP College of Arts and Technology, level 6, Registry (open from Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm).

    WAZE: HELP College of Arts and Technology
    Address: Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,

    Online payment
    To register online, you just have to bank in the fee (CIMB Bank Berhad- account no.:8000379321), scan and send by email ( Registration will not be completed until payment is settled.

    Please download and fill in the registration form attached in the Image above.


    For each level, the class will only be started if there is at least 4 students in the class.
    If there is not enough students for a semester in which you register, your fees paid will be brought forward to one semester if the class has at least 4 students, and you will be able to start attending the class. If the level you prefer to study does not have 4 students for two semester, your fees paid will be refunded to you.
    Once you register, we presume that you accept this term and condition.

    All class will be conducted at HELP College of Arts and Technology
    WAZE: HELP College of Arts and Technology
    Address: Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,

  • Please download the academic calendar for HELP CAT Italian short courses here

    2017 Italian Class Schedule (Beginners)

    Academic Calendar- 2017 French Class Schedule

    2017 Italian Class Schedule (Intermediate)

    Academic Calendar-2017 French Class Schedule

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    Students who are interested to be certified in their Italian language learning are recommended to sit for the exam of Certifications of Italian as a Foreign Language
    There are two certifications of Italian language recognised by the Italian Government on the basis of an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

    CILS Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (a certification issued by the Università per Stranieri di Siena)

    CELI Certificato di Conoscenza dell’Italiano come Lingua Straniera (a certification issued by the Università per Stranieri di Perugia)

    The nearest examination centre to Malaysia is in Singapore. Please check this link:

    Who needs the certification?
    CELI and CILS Certifications are useful to those who study Italian, who work and study within an Italian context, and to those who wish to evaluate and certify their level of competency in the Italian language.There are no age limits and applicants are not obliged to possess educational certificates or degrees. Preparation can also be done autonomously as levels are independent of each other so a student can sit a higher level without having sat any of the previous levels.

    CILS and CELI can be used when applying for a job, for teaching Italian, for entry into an Italian university or in any situation where it is necessary to give formal proof of competency levels in the Italian language. The Ministry of the Università e della Ricerca recognises the CILS and CELI as a certificate of admission for foreign students to Italian universities: having the CILS 2 or the CELI 3 means that students both within and outside the European Community are exempt from taking other tests of linguistic ability which universities may ask for. Italian companies recognise the CILS and CELI too.

    CILS and CELI exams, according to the European Framework, evaluate:
    listening, reading and comprehension, writing, oral skills, grammar and lexicon.
    The CILS and CELI certification system covers all six levels of linguistic competency − as stated in the European framework.

    The 6 levels in CILS and CELI have a linguistic competency that gets progressively higher. Levels are autonomous of each other. Each level shows a communicative capacity specific to different contexts.

  • HELP CAT Centre for Languages is willing to work with cultural enthusiasts and organizations on cultural activities relating to Italian. Please send your proposal to
    If you want to share and promote your cultural activities with us, please contact


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