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 Language Spring 2017 Course Offerings

Spring Session: Feb. 28 and March 1, 2017 - April 4 and 5

Six-week course with nine hours of instruction

Fee: $65 for members and $75 for non-members of the Society. Please note the change of course fee.

Fee is paid on the first day of class with a check made payable to ICS and given to the instructor. Check only, please.

Spring Course Offerings

Italian II

: (4:30-6:00 Tuesday) with Nancy Sguera is the second course in the Introductory Series using Cristina Mazzoni’s book Italian Made Simple as the required text. ISBN # 978-0-7679-1539-7 available online and locally. Italian I or the equivalent is the suggested prerequisite.

Italian II

(6:15-7:45 Wednesday) with Grace Mannino as described above and with the same text.

Italian III

(4:30-6:00 Tuesday) with Bob Lundry using the required text described above to expand on earlier skill sets and introduce more grammatical concepts and vocabulary. Italian II or the equivalent is the suggested prerequisite.

Italian Intro Series Wrap-up

(4:30-6:00 Wednesdays) with Joan Hoffmeister will conclude the Introductory Series and prepare students for comfortable participation in conversational situations. The Mazzoni book may be used as a reference along with teacher-supplemented materials. ICS Intro Series or other beginner Italian courses necessary for this course.

Advanced Beginner Conversation

(4:30-6:00 Tuesday) with Susan London is a conversation course beyond the entry level of communication. Instructor provided materials stimulate relaxed conversational situations in Italian.

Advanced Conversation

(4:30-6:00 Wednesdays) with Grace Mannino integrates language, culture, literature by engaging students in lively discussion on diversified topics. In a relaxed atmosphere, skill sets are enhanced through various activities involving speaking, listening and contextual vocabulary building.

Beginner Intermediate Conversation

(4:30-6:00 Wednesday) with Susan London is conducted entirely in Italian and covers topics and interests that are discussed at a level that is beyond beginner conversation.

Beyond the Basics

(4:30-6:00 Tuesday) with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan is geared toward the Intermediate Conversation level and offers opportunities to read and discussion various topics pertinent to Italian life and culture. Weekly homework. Required text is Italian Vocabulary Drills (McGraw-Hill) by Stillman, Cherubini and Gordon. Text available online.

Italian Through Film

(4:30-6:00 Wednesday) with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan is the film buff’s choice. Conducted in seminar style in Italian at the Advanced Intermediate/Advanced level, participants discuss selected ICS films offered at the Norris Center (see amici newsletter or website for dates and times of Italian films). Homework is assigned.

NB: Some classes are held on the second floor of CSN. There is an elevator in the M Building to the left of the outdoor tables and green umbrellas that line the N Building walkway (second alcove).

Restrooms in the N Building are located beyond the bank of green lockers at the left wing of the N Building in the first alcove.

There will be no Mini Session in 2017. Classes will resume in October of 2017 for Fall Session.


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.
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