CILA, the Language Centre of the University of Naples "L'Orientale", is the ideal place for those who wish to meet the cultures of the world and prepare to live among its peoples. Multimedia communication, internationalization and intercultural exchange, languages, autonomous language learning - this is CILA. Here, in our classrooms and laboratories, you can meet teachers and students from all over the world on the European and extra-European language courses offered to the students of the University and, in the evening, also to outside students. At CILA you can sit exams for language certifications: the Cambridge English suite for English, CILS for Italian, Certificat Internacional de Català of the Institut Ramon Llull for Catalan, CnaVT for Dutch, Czech Language Certificate Exam for Czech, HSK for Chinese, and TRKI for Russian. The spacious Self-Access Centre is ideal for those who wish to learn and practice a foreign language autonomously with the guidance of advisors. Multimedia and online interactive courses, as well as a collection of 18,000-plus feature and documentary films help you to develop your language competence. You can also join our peer-to-peer Tandem exchange project to learn a foreign language while you teach your own. At CILA you can also create your own multimedia materials for teaching, cultural and institutional purposes, using modern facilities for audiovisual recording and editing, with appropriate software, professional editing systems and a recording studio.


For distance education, CILA has developed the MoUVE platform. The courses available include a range of languages (Chinese, Japanese, Swahili, Catalan, Russian, Czech, German, Spanish, Italian) as well as Italian literature, history of China, spoken communication, linguistics, specialised translation studies, etc. Each year, some 9000 students are enrolled in the 90 virtual classrooms.

CILA is a member of the Italian Association of University Language Centres (AICLU) and of the Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur (CERCLES) and in 1988 was awarded the European label for the Self-Access project, a prestigious recognition given by the Ministry of Labor/ISFOL/European Board for initiatives that promote the learning of foreign languages. Teacher training is one of CILA’s priorities. For teaching English, the Centre has trained and certified primary school teachers and is running a Clil project(Content and Language Integrated Learning), which provides for the teaching of certain secondary school subjects: sciences, maths, physics, history, philosophy and history of art, in one of the four major European languages (English, French, Spanish, German). The "Orientale" University’s language centre has a claim to excellence in the field of Italian as a foreign language.

The Centre organizes Italian language courses open to Erasmus and exchange students of the University and also to external students, who can obtain a CILS certification. CILA has opened its classrooms to immigrants, some courses being EU-funded. The EIF Fund (European Fund for the Integration of Third World Citizens), managed by the Ministero degli Interni, has enabled us to run Italian language courses for the professions, and 571 extra-European emmigrants have followed  “ProfessioneItaliana: Lingua, Cittadinanza, Salute e Tuteladella Persona”. For several years, in collaboration with ENS (Ente Nazionale Sordi) and Federsordi, we have also run a class for foreign deaf students for the acquisition of vocal Italian. After many years of experience of running the year-long advanced course in teaching Italian as a foreign language, CILA has now organized a second-level Masters of 1,500 hours duration. This is an advanced blended-learning teacher-training course in teaching Italian as a foreign language to adults and is open to all teachers of Campania’s CTP (Permanent Regional Centres) who teach Italian to adult immigrants. CILA also runs a course for teacher trainers involved in the EIF project “La lingua da scoprire” (Discovering Language), in which the Campania Region plays the leading role. Our activities have made it possible for applied linguists working at the Orientale University to carry out methodological experiments, resulting in numerous papers being given at conferences and the publication of books and articles, especially in the field of intercultural pragmatics and the learning of the prosody of the second language.