Today, there are various free online resources for learning Italian using multimedia materials, such as videos and games, and passing tests for each level of learning.
Some offer actual Italian lessons with total flexibility, so that you can follow when and how you choose. Educational tutors are also often available to support students and stimulate discussion among members on special walls and forums. In most cases, linguistics and grammar are alternated with insights into Italian culture and daily life.
These tools are an important opportunity both for those who opt for self-taught Italian courses and for those who are already attending a classroom course and want to supplement their learning with videos, interviews and commentaries in the original language.
Here are some of the most interesting proposals:
The blog of the Accademia del Giglio art school offers interactive exercises and quizzes, organized by learning levels (A1/A2 and B1/B2) and focused on Italian culture.
A Web TV channel dedicated to the Italian language and culture. The channel is free and structured in thematic sections; there are also video quizzes for practising Italian listening.
BBC Learn Italian
This BBC archive includes a general guide to the Italian language and culture, with video and audio lessons.
An app that offers a quick guide to basic Italian vocabulary, with reading, listening and speaking exercises. The app is available in 30 languages.
A website that offers videos on Italian culture and lifestyle accompanied by educational information sheets to facilitate comprehension. There is also a visual dictionary organized into different subject areas.
ICoN – The consortium of Italian universities ICoN
“Italian Culture on the Net” provides resources for distance learning Italian language and culture.
A website managed by a community of teachers and researchers, it offers lessons focused on Italian vocabulary, with interactive exercises and language games. The content can be enjoyed in 37 languages.
Introduction to Italian
Basic course on the Italian language and culture created by the University for Foreigners of Siena. The content is in English.
L’italiano in famiglia (Italian in the family)
Two multimedia courses (level A1/A2 and B1/B2) with lessons, vocabulary and exercises. The courses are promoted by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the Lombardy Region and the Brescia Provincial School Office.
An extensive online catalogue including video lessons, interactive tests and listening exercises diversified according to language proficiency.
Loescher – Italian for foreigners
An online portal of resources for students and teachers of Italian that offers numerous educational activities in written and oral comprehension, through a variety of audio and video content and games.
Matdid – Materiali didattici di italiano per stranieri (Italian teaching materials for foreigners)
Archive of teaching materials dedicated to the Italian language and culture, organized by learning levels (basic, intermediate, advanced), created by teachers and researchers. Includes insights and exercises.
Mondadori – Italian Campus for Foreigners
The Mondadori Education online portal with educational services for teachers to support distance learning. Among other resources, the platform provides access to exercise sheets, video lessons, PowerPoint presentations and interactive maps.
An app based on thematic modules and A2 and B1 level interactive exercises. The app recognizes which areas the student is struggling with and provides appropriate support activities. It also allows you to practice listening comprehension and speaking by working together with other students. It is made by Edizioni La Linea on behalf of the Centre for Adult Education (CPIA) of Bologna.
Officina dell’italiano on Google Play
The online portal provides access to grammar tests, vocabulary sheets, written comprehension exercises and insights into Italian culture. The site also has its own YouTube channel with additional educational content.
Prova il tuo italiano (Test your Italian)
A series of interactive exercises to put your language skills to the test. The exercises, made by the Dante Alighieri Society, are organized by learning levels (from A1 to C2).
The RAI Educational Great Portal of Italian Language
The course also offers useful multimedia teaching material and consists of two main sections: “Impariamo l’italiano” (“Let’s learn Italian”) for adult foreign learners and “Naviga nell’italiano” (“Surf the Italian language”) for teachers.
RaiPlay Radio – Rai Radio 3 audiobook catalogue
A tool for Italian language students for improving comprehension skills and a wonderful overall insight into Italian culture.
TRIO – Tuscany Region web learning system
Courses in Italian language and culture on the online platform TRIO is the distance learning system offered by the Tuscany Region. TRIO offers around 900 educational products and services on interdisciplinary or specialist topics. After passing intermediate and final tests, learners can also request a certificate of attendance.
Wellesley College Department of Italian Studies
Online courses in Italian language and culture administered by the Wellesley College of Massachussetts. The course is divided into three different levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Students can access the lessons through the Edx digital learning platform.
ZTE and Eliza by Zanichelli
These are digital archives of interactive exercises on a wide range of subjects. Teachers can customize exercises, create their own assignments or choose from those available on the portal. Students can practise freely or complete the assignments handed out by their teacher.