2024 PLIDA Exams

Are you interested in certifying your Italian skills in the USA?

Look no further. The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington in Seattle is an authorized PLIDA examination center. Check the 2024 calendar on our PLIDA page or contact the PLIDA coordinator in Seattle, Prof. Giuseppe Tassone at plida@danteseattle.org.

Next session: Wednesday, February, 21 2024.

PLIDA certificates make it possible to apply for Italian citizenship, long-term EU residence permit, study visa and to enroll in Italian universities.

Sei interessato a certificare la tua conoscenza dell’Italiano negli USA?

Non guardare oltre. La Dante Alighieri Society of Washington è un centro d’esame PLIDA autorizzato. Consulta il calendario 2024 sulla nostra pagina PLIDA e/o contatta il responsabile PLIDA di Seattle Prof. Giuseppe Tassone a plida@danteseattle.org.

La prossima sessione: mercoledì 21 febbraio, 2024.

I certificati PLIDA permettono di richiedere la cittadinanza italiana, il permesso di soggiorno UE di lungo periodo, i visti di studio e iscriversi alle università italiane.

Esame PLIDA di certificazione della lingua italiana a Seattle

Esame PLIDA di certificazione della lingua italiana a Seattle

La prossima sessione dell’esame di certificazione della lingua italiana PLIDA B1, il cui certificato, tra gli altri usi, è valido per la richiesta della cittadinanza italiana, è in programma per il 15 novembre. Le iscrizioni sono aperte fino all’8 novembre o esaurimento posti. Per qualsiasi domanda e/o se interessati ad altri livelli contattate il responsabile PLIDA della Dante Alighieri Society of Washington Prof. Giuseppe Tassone a: plida@danteseattle.org
November 2023 PLIDA

Online Italian Language Classes

Italian language classes are now online.

Study and learn Italian, no matter where you are.

By Giuseppe Tassone

The 39th school year of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington resumes on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Our evening classes are now online and suitable for everybody in Washington State and in the West. Registration is open until September 25. Don’t miss the deadline. We would love to have you in our program as a new or continuing student. For more information, please contact the director Giuseppe Tassone at school@danteseattle.org. To found out more and sign up: www.danteseattle.org

Summer Quarter Classes

New Online Review Classes starting on July 7th & July 11th 

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington – Italian Language Program, after the positive experience of our spring quarter online classes, is offering for the first time two summer online review sections. These classes are for students who with some previous exposure to the Italian language. During the summer sections, students will solidify what they learned in level A1 & B1 (fall, winter and spring) before advancing to the next level of Italian in the fall of 2020. Special attention will be given to improve speaking and listening comprehension skills. 

Students with no experience of Italian should enroll in Level A1 beginning in the Fall. The 2020-21 school year will start October 1st. Students who completed levels A1, A2 and B1 in the spring can enroll to the next level independently from the participation to the summer section. The registration deadline for Summer is July 3, 2020.



Summer 2020

Language Program News

Language Program Director Giuseppe Tassone

Jeffrey Freiberg is one of the students in our Italian Language Program.  He joined the Italian Language program in the fall of 2020 with the beginning level A1 and successfully completed his first year of Italian. Last November, Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association awarded Jeff with a scholarship to study for a month in Perugia. His trip was postponed until next summer but he found in our program a place to fulfill his passion for Italy and the Italian language.  Here is Jeff’’s experience in his own words.


2020 End of Quarter

Jeff Freiberg on the right with director Giuseppe Tassone and instructor Roberta Punzi at the end of fall quarter 2020 celebration.

Italy in Seattle with the Dante Alighieri Society – Italian Language Program

By Jeffrey Freiberg

Ciao a tutti, my name is Jeffrey Freiberg and I am thrilled to be heading to Perugia, Umbria next summer to continue my Italian journey. I’ve always been intrigued by Italian culture, due to having a grandmother whose family is from Palermo, Italy, to growing up in a city with a large Italian population – Philadelphia, to falling in love with calcio during the summer World Cup of 2006. It led to me selecting an Italian class with my two free elective classes while studying at Temple University ten years ago, and it culminated in my first trip to Italy last April. My wife and I got married at a villa in the small town of Poppi with our closest friends and family present, and then we spent the next 10 days touring 12 cities/towns mostly in central Italy. We fell in love with the playful spirit of the Italian people, the melodic language, the beautiful scenery and architecture, and of course, the heavenly food and drinks.

We immediately looked for ways to recapture that feeling we had in Italy once we got back to Seattle. Thankfully, we found the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington and the Seattle Perugia Sister Cities Association. Dante Alighieri offered two A1 classes this past year with two wonderful professors. Damiano Pinton and Laura Ciori are extremely skilled in helping all their students find an entry point into the language, no matter what their starting point is. They make class fun and social, and modify the textbook and curriculum to make it relevant to modern day Italy. I recently had the pleasure of meeting students from the advanced classes at an end-of-quarter social gathering in December and now I’m even more eager to continue through the classes at Dante Alighieri! Whether you just want to learn some basic phrases or become conversationally fluent, Dante Alighieri can get you there with their amazing professors.

DAS were quick to react to the COVID situation this winter and spring, leading to classes being held on Zoom. As a teacher myself, I know there’s no substitute to learning in person, but I’m amazed at how seamlessly and effectively our classes transitioned to Zoom. Luckily for me, DAS is offering a special summer session of classes where we will review the skills we’ve learned this year before we advance to the A2 classes starting this fall.

The application process for this scholarship was pretty straightforward. After filling out your scholarship application, Seattle Perugia Sister Cities Association (SPSCA) does a round of interviews before recommending their selections to their board. The interview was very informal and felt more like a fun casual conversation with others who share your passion for everything Italy related. SPSCA is a very welcoming community who shares Dante Alighieri’s mission of bringing people together to celebrate and explore Italian culture. Similar to Dante Alighieri, SPSCA also holds special gatherings and events throughout the year that are a great way to meet new people and enjoy various elements of Italy. 

I am currently a classroom teacher at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in the Central District. While I love my job and cherish every day with my students, it’s hard for me to deny that I’m in full countdown mode for next summer!