C.I.S. - Italian for Foreigners - Research, Training and Teaching, is the result of more than 30 years' experience in providing Italian Courses for Foreigners.
Among its various teaching activities, CIS offers courses of Italian Language and Literature for Foreigners according to the learner's initial level of competence. The courses organized by the Centre are either intensive (4, 3 or 2 weeks) or non-intensive (15 weeks). CIS also develops and organizes international training and exchange programmes.
In addition to face learning, CIS offers self-study e-learning language activities. The e-learning programs can be combined with intensive or non-intensive courses or with individual tuition through webcam or chat. One of the latest distance learning projects created by CIS is a blended course of Italian culture.
As part of its programme, CIS organizes training courses and seminars as well as refresher courses which concern the teaching of Italian as a second language. It also offers seminars for teachers of mixed native language classes in both state and private schools and institutes of all kinds and at all levels.
As part of its research and consultancy activities, CIS collaborates with university research projects dealing with Italian as a second language. These include: "Linguistics, language acquisition, theory and methodology" and "Foreign language immigration in Italy".
Since the year 2003, CIS has produced, in collaboration with the publisher Guerra (until 2012) and Cesati (since 2016), the Proceedings of its Convention-Seminar, as well as materials for the refresher courses for teachers of Italian as a second language.