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 you in a position to explore Italy’s past and present and to better appreciate this treasury of human expression.

Adult language courses are conducted weekly at the Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples from late-October through April of the ICS calendar year. This ongoing initiative provides opportunities to learn and speak "la nostra bella lingua." Contact Donna Lenzi, Coordinator, at lenzidonna@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Please note that you are not registered until you received a confirmation email with your classroom assignment from the coordinator.

Sorry, no walk-ins.

Each six-week course (9 hours of instruction) is $60 for members and $70 for non-members payable on the first day of class by check made out to ICS. Checks only, please. Teacher bios can be found after the course offerings.


Course Descriptions

Italian I-IV

comprises the Introductory Series for those with no experience with the Italian language. Beginning with Italian I, qualified instructors teach greetings, expressions, simple verbs and vocabulary as the foundation for easing into the study of the language. Each subsequent course builds on that knowledge base, adds vocabulary and strengthens understanding of essential grammatical elements using Italian Now! L'italiano d'oggi! By Marcel Danesi (ISBN# 978-1-438000060) Second Edition, Level 1.

Avventure in Italia

: Go beyond the Introductory Series with more vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening skills, as well as opportunities for conversation. Participants should purchase Avventure in Cittá (ISBN# 978-0-87720-0 Amsco). This course, conducted in Italian, may be taken more than once as the content varies.

Beginner Conversation

: Italian I-IV is the minimum prerequisite for this course designed to increase comfort with conversational Italian.

Intermediate Conversation

: Discussions of a thematic, literary or cultural nature are conducted in Italian. Beginner Conversation or the equivalent is a prerequisite for this course.

Workshop in Italian

: A course focusing on grammar to address the “pesky” problems that plague non-native speakers who wish to sound more authentically Italian. Advanced beginner to intermediate level required for this course.


The ICS Adult Language Program for 2013 - 2014 has ended.

Please check this site early -September for Course Offerings for the 2014 - 2015 Season.

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.
1100 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 201, Naples, FL 34102 - Phone: (239) 434-3323 - Fax: (239) 353-1842 - ics.naples@gmail.com