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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.

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."

The four-week class fee is $40, non-refundable and payable in US dollars on or before the first day of class.

Course Descriptions

The Mini

"The Mini" is the four-week session that closes the ICS Adult Language Program for the season. Scheduled for April 5/6 through April 26/27, The Mini will be a continuation of courses offered in the Spring Session. Advanced registration required even if you participated in the Spring Session.

To register, contact Donna Lenzi at Our classes are participation-driven. Please register in advance for the class of your choice and include a telephone number with your registration. You will receive a confirmation email with your classroom assignment.

Fee: $40, non-refundable.

Beginner Conversation with Susan London Tuesday at 4:30. Schedule of April classes TBD.

Advanced Beginner Conversation with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan Tuesday at 4:30. Required text is Mosaico italiano - Racconti per Stranieri: Il Mistero Del Quadro Di Porta Portese (Italian Edition) by Rafaella Nencini ISBN # 88-7573-339-2 or 788875733391 (40 pages) available online new and used for about $10 including shipping. Schedule: April 5, 12, 19, 26

Advanced Conversation with Grace Mannino Wednesday at 4:30. Genre: Literature (excerpts from Italian novels). Schedule: April 6, 13, 20, 27

Intermediate Conversation with Grace Mannino Wednesday at 6:15. No required text. Schedule: April 6, 13, 20, 27

Italian III with Joan Hoffmeister April 13, 20, 27 (6 hours of class) 4:30-6:30. Please note the dates and time.

The Fall Session of ICS Adult Language Program will begin the last week in October. Course offerings will include Introductory Series (Italian I-IV) through Advanced Conversation. See you then.

Buon viaggio a tutti!

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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