The Italian Cultural Society of Naples Florida

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The ICS Adult Language Program

Since Roman times, Italy has exported her arts and culture to other parts of the world. Knowledge of the Italian language places one in a position to explore Italy's past and present the better to appreciate this treasury of human expression.

Italian Adult Language Classes are offered at the Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road (one traffic light north of Pine Ridge/Livingston intersection), in Building N on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during “season” in an effort to offer opportunities for members and friends of the Society to learn and speak la nostra bella lingua.

Contact Donna Lenzi, Program Coordinator, to register or for more information. Please Note: Registration is required in advance for ALL course offerings and EACH session. To register send an email to Donna with your contact information (cell or home phone, email address) and your course selection. Please do not call Community School of Naples for information or to register.


Please note:

All of our courses are response driven and will be offered on the days and at the times listed if there is a sufficient number of registered participants.

Adult Italian Language Program Course Schedule 2017-2018

Fall Session: October 31/November 1 - Dec. 12/13 includes six classes (nine hours of instruction) with a break the week of Thanksgiving.
Fee: $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Course fee due on the first day of class with a check made payable to ICS. Checks only, please.

Fall Course Offerings:

Italian I

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Joan Hoffmeister) is the entry level course in our Introductory Series for those with little to no experience with the language. The instructor guides participants through pronunciation, vocabulary, basics and essential verbs using Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni ISBN# 978-0-7679-1539-7. Text available online and at local booksellers. Purchase text in advance of first class. All courses in the Intro Series (Italian I-IV and Wrap Up) use the Mazzoni text.

Italian III

(6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Wednesday with Grace Mannino) is the third course in the Intro Series using the Mazzoni text listed above to further expand vocabulary, grammatical concepts and confidence with speaking skills.
Prerequisite: Italian II or equivalent

Italian IV

(4:30 - 6 p.m. Tuesday with Bob Lundry) is the fourth course in the Intro Series and provides participants with speaking opportunities while expanding vocabulary, skill sets and advanced verb tenses. Mazzoni text required (see above).
Prerequisite: Italian III or equivalent

Beginner Conversation

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Joan Hoffmeister) uses the Mazzoni text described in Italian I as a reference for instructor led conversations in Italian. Listening, reading and speaking activities assist participants with gaining confidence in conversational situations.
Prerequisite: Intro Series (Italian I-IV) or equivalent

Parliamoci: Livello Intermedio

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan) provides reading    and listening opportunities as a basis for discussing various topics pertinent to Italian life and culture. Students will work in pairs and small groups using vocabulary generated by the topic at hand. Weekly homework is assigned, and this intermediate level class is conducted entirely in Italian.
Required Text: Italian Vocabulary Drills, Stillman, Cherubini and Gordon.
Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Level 1 Conversation or equivalent

Viaggiando Per Le Regioni d’Italia

(4:30- 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Susan London) is an Intermediate Level 1 course focusing on history, customs, food and famous people from six regions of Italy. Familiarity with basic verb tenses, pronouns and essential vocabulary is required. Classwork and homework will include readings, class presentations, group discussions, vocabulary and grammar enhancement.
Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner Conversation or equivalent.

La Cultura Italiana

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan) is an upper intermediate/advanced level course conducted entirely in Italian. Would you like to listen to music, admire paintings, read poetry and stories, watch films and discuss your thoughts about them in Italian? Then, this class is for you. Using artistic and literary works, we will discuss some of the cultural masterpieces of Italy as a means of improving conversational skills. Relevant grammar will be discussed. Weekly homework will be assigned. Participants will be advised of text requirements prior to class.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

Advanced Conversation

(4:30 - 6:00 Wednesday with Grace Mannino) integrates language, current events, culture and literature by engaging participants in lively discussions on a variety of topics. In a relaxed atmosphere, conversational skills are enhanced through various activities such as prepared and impromptu presentations, pairing and group work involving listening, reading, writing and primarily speaking. Contextual vocabulary and idiomatic expressions constitute the emphasis on vocabulary building.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

NB: Some classes are held on the second floor of the N Building of CSN. An elevator and rest rooms are available on the ground floor. Info on facilities and parking will be provided via email prior to start date.

Language classes for the Winter and Spring Sessions are listed below. You must re-register for each session by email with your telephone number even if you are continuing on with the same instructor.

Every effort will be made to ensure that each participant is properly placed in a class that is the “best fit” for the individual’s skill set.
Winter Session: Jan. 9/10 - Feb. 13/14 (CSN Winter Break: Dec. 16 - Jan. 3)
CSN Spring Break: Feb. 16 -23 - No Classes
CSN  Break: March 30 - April 6 (Easter: April 1) - No Classes
Spring Session: Feb. 27/28 - April 10/11

Our Instructors

Joan Hoffmeister

was born in Italy and moved to Buenos Aires with her family at the age of 5. She grew up speaking Spanish and Italian in the home, and later moved with her family to NY at age 15. With a Masters Degree in Spanish and French from St. John's University, she went on to teach in NY public schools, the Tehran American School and at the British Council in Bahrain. After extensive travel in Europe and the Middle East, Joan moved to Naples, Florida and taught in the public schools where she was awarded Teacher of Distinction from Collier County School System.

Robert Lundry

has an MA from Notre Dame and an MBA from Long Island University. As a Fulbright Scholar, he attended the University of Florence (Italy) to study language and literature. His corporate affiliations were with the US subsidiary of the Olivetti Corporation in Italy, Avis, American Express Travel and Executive Recruitment and Management. Currently retired and living in Westchester, NY, Bob teaches Italian in adult education classes in NY and in Collier County. He continues to substitute in local schools when he is in the Naples area.

Grace Mannino

author and educational consultant who received her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, brings 33 years of foreign language teaching experience in NY to the ICS program. Grace, a native-born Italian who came to this country with her parents at the age of 11, had received numerous awards prior to retiring to Marco Island where she continues to devote her time to multiple organizations that promote Italian language and culture in this area and NY.

Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan

has had a passion for all things Italian since her first trip to Il Bel Paese many years ago. She studied at Sorrento Lingue (Italy), Providence College in RI and Middlebury College in VT. Nancy taught Italian for 6 years at LaSalle Academy in Providence and recently moved to Naples where she began teaching for ICS in 2009. She focuses her enthusiasm on entry level courses ensuring that language and culture blend in an interactive format that covers the basic language-learning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with a low pressure, high energy style all her own.

Nancy Sguera

was born in Italy and moved to the United Sates with her family when she was 12. As an adult, she majored in Italian to continue to learn of her language, heritage and people. After receiving a Masters Degree from CUNY (Queens College), she taught Italian and Spanish in the public school system for 18 years and retired from George W. Hewlett High School in NY in 2008. While teaching, Nancy received scholarships to L'Università per Stranieri di Siena, The Summer Institute of Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca and the NHE Summer Institute in Rome.

Susan Corsetti London

was born in the U.S., the granddaughter of Italian immigrants from the Maremma who instilled in her a love of the Italian language, culture and cuisine. She has a PhD from Georgetown University in Linguistics. Early on she worked at the Italian Embassy in Washington, as a teacher of English as a Second Language in Rome, and at IBM where she was part of the team that developed the spelling verifier in various languages including Italian. She spent several years teaching Italian in adult education in Connecticut and in community colleges in California. After living in D.C., Connecticut, California and eventually near London for 10 years, she and her husband moved to Naples. She divides her time between Florence, New York and Naples.

Domenico Ceruzzi

Domenico was raised in Formia, Italy and educated at Università Degli Studi Di Roma, The British School of Italy and Hunter College in New York. A veteran of the Italian Army, Domenico moved to the US in 1990. With his I.E.L.I. certification in English, he has taught Italian since 1994 to small groups and individuals from elementary to advanced conversation and holds references from “Parliamo Italiano School” of New York. Domenico speaks Italian and English and has reading proficiency in Spanish and French. His colleagues and clients acknowledge is reliability and conscientious dedication to quality teamwork.

Viviana Ardesia

Viviana Ardesia is a native of Pescara, a tiny city on the Adriatic Sea, where she attended high school in Classical Studies. She has a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and a PhD in Italian History from the University of Udine. She has lived in Pisa, Milan and Turin teaching Italian Grammar and Literature at the public school level and History at university for more than 10 years. Viviana moved to Florida recently with her family and is enthusiastic about sharing the language and culture she loves.
3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 199, Naples, FL 34105 - Phone: (239) 434-3323 - Fax: (239) 353-1842 -