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BBC Languages Language-learning resource from the British Broadcasting Company with lessons, videos, and media links in various languages. Good for beginners.
CELI The Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana (Certificate of Knowledge of the Italian Language) is an official language qualification exam offered by the Università per Stranieri di Perugia. This website has practice tests to gauge your relative level of Italian fluency.
CILS The Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a certification exam given to test your proficiency in Italian as a foreign language. You can take practice exams at the website for the Università per Stranieri di Siena.
Duolingo “Learn a language for free. Forever.”
This amazingly user-friendly, ever-growing site gives lessons and then quizzes you on the topic, tracking your progress, awarding you along the way, and offering a daily practice reminder. Includes Italian-learning programs for speakers of English and Spanish. Corresponding app available at the Apple iTunes App Store.
Forvo: Italian words pronounced Extensive database of audio clips for pronouncing words in various languages, Italian included.
LangMedia: Italian in Italy
Authentic, unscripted video, audio, and still images covering practical aspects of daily life in Italy by Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Study vocabulary with the aid of pictures and sound offered by Language Revolution.
Matdid Materiali didattici per l’insegnamento dell'italiano agli stranieri
User-friendly interface with communally-created programs. Particularly useful for learning vocabulary. Also available is a corresponding mobile app on iPhone and Android.
Il Narratore
Italian literature available for download in pdf format and listening in MP3 format
Italian Tongue Twisters Collection of Italian tongue twisters
SCOLA Web Services

Access to 160 countries & 200 languages!

  • World TV Online: 24/7 international broadcast programs on 8 channels, spanning European, Spanish & Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Asian, African, Middle East, Southeast Asia-Far East, and Eurasian countries/languages
  • International Radio in 29 languages
  • On The Street Videos: over 7,000 videos from 90 countries showing informal native speech in everyday situations
  • People & Places: over 29,000 photos from around the world 
  • Foreign Text: 200 recurring newspaper and magazine publications in 70 languages
  • Insta-Class: materials in 52 languages with quizzes and vocabulary already provided
  • Video Editor create your own video clips in the classroom

To access SCOLA Web Services from any computer on the BC network, go to:

See SCOLA’s Technical Information page to make full use of these Online resources. For more information, including how to access SCOLA Web Services on your iPhone or iPad, contact:

Cynthia Bravo (
Director of the Language Lab


Learning through authentic media:

  • Television
  • Music videos
  • Drama
  • Interviews
  • Travel
  • Yabla exclusive shoots

Yabla media player features:

  • Slow Play
  • Integrated Dictionaries
  • Listening Game
  • Dual Language Subtitles
  • And more…

Languages offered:

Access BC’s Subscription to all 6 of these Yabla sites at any Language Lab computer workstation.