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.

Fall Session: November 1/2 - December 13/14

with a break the week of Thanksgiving includes six classes (9 hours of instruction). Fee: $60 for members, $70 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 Tuesday)

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 # 0-7679-1539-9 or 9780767915397). Text available online and at local booksellers.

Italian III (4:30 - 6:00 Wednesday)

with Joan Hoffmeister expands upon introductory information and grammatical elements presented in Italian I and II using the required text Italian Made Simple by Mazzoni (see above). Prerequisite: Italian II or equivalent.

Advanced Beginner Conversation (4:30 - 6:00 Tuesday)

with Susan London is for those who have had a beginner conversation class. Conducted in Italian, this class offers opportunities to read and discuss topics that enhance basic skills and develop confidence in conversational situations. Italian Made Simple by Cristina Mazzoni (see above) may be used as a resource along with materials provided by the instructor. Book purchase not necessary. Prerequisite: Introductory Series (ICS)/Beginner Conversation.

Beyond The Basics (4:30 - 6:00 Tuesday)

with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan is geared to the beginning intermediate level participant and offers opportunities to read and discuss various topics pertinent to Italian life and culture. Listening activities develop students’ confidence in understanding spoken Italian. Participants work in pairs and small groups with selections provided by the instructor. Weekly homework is assigned. Required text is Italian Vocabulary Drills (McGraw-Hill) by Stillman, Cherubini and Gordon (available online). Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner Conversation or equivalent.

Italian Through Film (4:30 - 6:00 Wednesday)

with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan is the film buff’s choice. “La meglio gioventu”  (“The Best of Youth”) a wonderful, contemporary film with a personal story set against the background of actual events in 1960 -1980s Italy will be the focus of discussion for Fall Session.  Students will watch one hour of the six hour video prior to each class (including the first session) and discuss the characters, plot, style and the real-life events that are chronicled. Class is conducted in Italian in a seminar style. Required skill level: Intermediate speaking and comprehension.
NB: DVD should be purchased in advance of first class using the English title, “The Best of Youth” from Amazon (under $20) in Italian with subtitles. Purchase a video that is compatible with US equipment.

Intermediate Conversation (6:15 - 7:45 Wednesday)

with Grace Mannino is geared to students who have completed all the basics of grammar and simple vocabulary and can carry on a conversation on a variety of topics at a level which is above beginner. In a relaxed classroom atmosphere, the students’ knowledge of Italian will be enhanced and reinforced through various activities of listening, reading, writing and primarily speaking, which introduce vocabulary in context, as well as culture.                                                                                                                  

Advanced Conversation: Italian Through Literature (4:30 - 6:00 Wednesday)

with Grace Mannino integrates language, culture and literature by engaging students in lively discussions of diversified topics. This course continues to reinforce and further develop previously acquired knowledge of the language and aims toward fluency. By preparing individual oral assignments, students continue to gain confidence in speaking and participating in impromptu follow-up conversation in the classroom.


Some classes are held on the second floor of the N Building of CSN. An elevator and rest rooms are available in Building N on the ground floor. Restrooms at the Moe Kent Family Field House are open during class times.
So that you may better plan your language classes, the dates for upcoming sessions are below. Classes will continue to meet on the days and times specified in the Fall Offerings though the “season” 2016-2017. You must re-register for each session even if you are continuing on with a course or instructor.

Winter Session: January 10/11 - February 14/15

Community School of Naples Winter Break - No classes February 21/22

Spring Session: February 28/March 1 - April 4/5

Easter - April 16

NO Mini Session April 2017

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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