What is LIS?

LIS (Italian Sign Language) is just one of the many sign languages that exist in the world.

Contrary to what one might think, sign languages are not mimes, but languages in every sense of the word, with their own grammar and syntax, used daily by many deaf people.

Deaf people who use sign language as their mother tongue claim to belong to the Deaf community and feel that they carry the values of Deaf culture.

Ours LIS courses:

Since 1996 we have been organizing LIS courses, held by native teachers, open to anyone interested in learning about deaf culture and about people who use sign language as their mother tongue.

The goal of our courses is to provide course participants with the skills necessary to carry on a simple conversation with signers who are deaf.

Our courses are especially aimed at teachers, educators, social and health workers, parents and relatives of deaf people.

We also organize courses at the request of schools, hospitals and health companies, cooperatives and interested institutions, planning programs according to their needs.

The Institute is state accredited by the Ministry of Education, College and Research for the training of school personnel through the Ministerial Decree of 18.10.2007 and the new Accreditation Directive 170/2016 CLICK HERE.

Among the documents on this page you can see the list of accredited institutions.

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The Academy is the training facility for adults of the Institute for the Deaf. Training is conducted entirely in LIS, as a vehicle for instruction. The courses can take place both in person and online and are aimed at the deaf, Italians and foreigners, as well as anyone interested.

The Academy also organizes cultural events, visits, exhibitions and excursions.

Contact people: Nicola Della Maggiora


The course for communication assistants is a theoretical specialization course that concerns different areas related to sensory disabilities and especially to deafness: speech therapy, history and culture, linguistics and teaching, programming and educational experiences.

The course has been redesigned in a mixed formula, online and face-to-face, due to the needs of the historical moment we are experiencing.

Two editions of the course will begin:

- in the Asti region (from October 24, 2020):

- in the Pianezza Institute (from February/March 2021):

The entire course is 200 hours and consists of 120 hours of theoretical classes, each Monday from 2pm to 6pm, and 80 hours of observation, study and practical activities.

The mixed formula includes 80% of online theoretical classes and 20% of practical/observation hours in attendance.

The course can be taken regardless of the level acquired LIS as the courses can be taken separately.

It is also possible to attend the course in modules, i.e. the different topics of the program can be attended separately.

At the bottom of the page you will find the calendars for both the entire course and the individual modules, with schedules, topics, teachers, costs and registration form with the GDPR information on data protection.

At the end of the course, a final exam must be taken in order to receive the certificate of attendance.

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The Institute for the Deaf of Turin is an authorized and affiliated center of the Center for Evaluation and

Language Certificates (CVCL) of the College for Foreigners in Perugia (certification body) for the administration of the CELI tests.

The CELI certificates are equivalent to the certificates of the most prestigious European institutions in the sector, which are listed in the ALTE Framework of Reference and are divided into 6 levels according to the model of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

use of the Italian language and can be used in work and study.

The exams to obtain the CELI certificates are in accordance with the European standards of the ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) and the CEF (Common European Framework) of the Council of Europe.

There are three exam dates per year, in March, June and November (registration until 40 days before the exam).

For more information about the CELI exam methods (tests, assessment, results), please visit the CVCL website.

Contact people: Andre Karl Ebouaney

Department Director: Enrica Maglione