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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 to better appreciate this treasury of human expression.

Adult language courses are conducted weekly at the Community School of Naples at 13275 Livingston Road from late October through April of the ICS calendar year. This ongoing initiative provides opportunities to learn and speak "la nostra bella lingua."

Contact Donna Lenzi, Coordinator, at to register or for more information. Please note that you are not registered until you receive a confirmation email from the coordinator. Advance registration required for all classes. Courses are enrollment-driven, please contact Donna if you have any questions.

Each six-week course (9 hours of instruction) is $60 for members and $70 for non-members payable at the first class by check made out to ICS. Checks only. Teacher bios can be found after the course offerings.

Course Descriptions

Italian I-IV

This Introductory Series is designed for those with little or no experience with the Italian language. Beginning with Italian I, qualified instructors teach greetings, expressions, vocabulary and simple verb tenses as a foundation for easing into the study of the language. Each subsequent course in the series builds on the previously acquired knowledge base, adds vocabulary and strengthens understanding of essential grammatical elements using the required text*Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni (ISBN# 0-7679-1539-9)

Intro Wrap-Up:

This refresher course uses student-driven and instructor-selected topics, thematic vocabulary and "beyond the Intro Series" grammatical lessons to prepare students to comfortably engage in conversational situations at the beginner level. Weekly homework is assigned. The Introductory Series (or equivalent) is a requirement. The course uses *Italian Now! L'italiano d'oggi! by Marcel Danesi (ISBN # 978-1-438000060)

Conversation - Beyond the Basics:

After learning how to order in restaurants and give directions, what's next? This class, which is geared to the advanced-beginner, is a chance to read and discuss various topics pertinent to Italian life and culture. Listening activities develop students' confidence in understanding spoken Italian. Students work in pairs and small groups with selections provided by the instructor. Class is conducted in Italian, and weekly homework is assigned.

Intermediate Conversation:

This course relies on grammatical and linguistic elements acquired in beginner conversation level courses to increase comfort in conversational Italian. Students converse in Italian, as well as read and write it. Material prepared by the instructor introduces and/or reinforces vocabulary while offering insight into Italian cultural situations. English is spoken only to assist with grammar structure and syntax if necessary. Weekly homework is assigned.

Beginner Conversation (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

Italian Through Contemporary Films:

Are you an Italian film buff? Then this is the course for you! Students view assigned films at home and then discuss them in class. Pertinent assigned activities encourage students to think, speak and write in Italian. Weekly homework beyond the viewing is assigned for this course which is conducted seminar style in Italian. *Italian Through Film: A Text For Italian Courses by Borra and Pausini (ISBN# 978-0300100204), Yale University Press 2004. Level: Intermediate Conversation

Advanced Conversation - Italian Through Literature:

Conducted exclusively in Italian, this course continues to refine students’ oral skills through the reading and discussion of modern Italian literature from poetry to short stories to novels. Selected readings representing a variety of authors lead to discussion on social and cultural perspectives.

Advanced-Intermediate Italian (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

*N.B. - Required texts should be purchased prior to the first class.

Course Descriptions and Offerings for Winter Session Jan. 5/6 through Feb. 9/10.

Italian I is an entry-level course and the first class in our Introductory Series. Required text for the Intro Series (Italian I-IV) is Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni ISBN # 0-7679-1539-9. Book available online and locally. Please purchase the required text prior to the first class.

Italian I with Nancy Sguera:

on Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Italian I with Joan Hoffmeister:

on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Italian II with Bob Lundry:

on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Italian I (using Mazzoni book) or equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.

Italian III is the third class in the Intro Series offered last season and uses Italian Now! L'italiano d'oggi by Marcel Danesi ISBN # 978-1-438000060. Book available online and locally. If you took Italian I and II courses with ICS in the Winter/Spring Sessions of 2015, this is the course for you with the book you have used in the past. The Danesi book is the required text for Italian III (Winter Session) and IV (Spring Session) and will be retired after the “Mini” in April.

Italian III with Bob Lundry:

on Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Danesi text required. Italian I/II or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course. Please note that this is the only course using the Danesi book.

Beginner Conversation with Susan London:

on Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. If you have completed the Fall Session Wrap Up course, this is the course for you. Italian Made Simple is the resource text for this course (see above). Intro Series and/or Wrap Up is the prerequisite for this course.

Beyond The Basics: Advanced Beginner Conversation with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan:

on Tuesday 4:30 -6:00 p.m. Italian Vocabulary Drills by Stillman, Cherunin and Gordon, McGraw- Hill 2015 is the required text. The course name says it all! Book available online.

Italian Through Contemporary Film with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan:

on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. is the film buff’s choice. Italian Through Film: A Text For Italian Courses by Borra and Pausini, Yale University Press 2004 is the required text. Book available online. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate Conversation.

Intermediate Conversation with Grace Mannino:

on Wednesday 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. No required text. Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Conversation or the equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.

Advanced Conversation: Italian Through Literature with Grace Mannino:

on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. No required text. Genre: Plays. Intermediate Conversation or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course.

Course Offerings for Spring Session Feb. 16/17 through March 22/23

Italian I, II and III:

will advance one level in the Spring Session (Italian I will become Italian II and so on). These courses will be held on the same day and at the same time as listed above.

Beyond the Basics, Italian Through Contemporary Film, Intermediate Conversation and Advanced Conversation:

will be held on the same day and at the same time as listed above. Advanced Conversation genre for Spring: Short Stories.

NB If you are continuing your studies in the Spring Session, you must register with the Program Coordinator by email. Include your course selection and a phone number where you can be reached.

Course Offerings for The “Mini” Session April 5/6 through April 26/27

“Mini” course offerings for four weeks in:

will be participant-driven (minimum of 6 students) and will be a continuation of the courses offered in the Spring. Reduced price: $40.

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 IMB 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.
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