The Italian Cultural Society of Naples Florida

Italian Language

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Spring 2015

The Adult Language Program will conclude for the season on April 29. Classes will begin again in October with the six-week Fall Session. You will be able to review any revisions to the course offerings on the web page in September.

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 Now! L’italianod’oggi!by Marcel Danesi (ISBN #978-1-438000060) Second Edition, Level 1.

Beginner Conversation:

This course uses instructor-selected topics with thematic vocabulary and “beyond the intro series” grammatical lessons to acquaint students with conversational situations. Students work in pairs, small groups and the class as a whole. Weekly homework is assigned.

The Introductory Series (or equivalent) is a requirement for this course.

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.

Avventure in Italia:

This course uses vignettes of everyday urban Italian life to introduce specialized vocabulary and “beyond the basics” grammatical concepts (e.g.,siimpersonale, congiuntivo) as presented in the required text*Avventure in Cittἁ by Costantino and Wald, published by Amsco. Structured conversations on specific topics from the text sharpen reading, writing, speaking and grammatical skills as students work in pairs and small groups. Weekly homework is assigned.

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

Advanced Conversation:

Conducted exclusively in Italian, this course emphasizes the natural connection of language and culture. Discussions of a thematic, literary and/or cultural nature initiated by the instructor provide ample opportunity for impromptu conversations in a relaxed setting. The assigned homework gives students the additional practice to improve skills and becomes the point of departure for the day’s lesson.

Intermediate Conversation or Advanced-Intermediate Italian is a prerequisite for this course.

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

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.

Joseph Toffanello

Joseph was born in Chicago where he states his first language was “ildialettoveneto.” Joe lived in Italy for 16 years, earned a Bachelor’s degree there, and returned to pursue a Master’s in Toronto and another in Chicago. While in Chicago he taught Italian for 23 years at two colleges and received a glowing endorsement from Moraine Valley Community College’s Instructional Coordinator. Joe worked as an interpreter in court and for Chicago law firms. He has translated a multitude of documents while with the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice. He is newly retired to SWFlorida.
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