Italian LanguageLa Nostra Bella Lingua
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR’S NAME AND CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT.
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 13/14with 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.
NB: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.