The Italian Cultural Society of Naples Florida

Italian Language

La Nostra Bella Lingua
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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.

Winter and Spring Course Offerings

N.B.: All classes are response driven and will be offered on the days and times listed if there is a sufficient number of registered participants. To register or for more information contact Donna Lenzi, Program Coordinator at DO NOT CONTACT CSN TO REGISTER.

PLEASE, REGISTER EARLY by email and include:
Your Name, Telephone Number, Course Selection, Membership Status (Member or Non-Member of ICS). You must register for each session even if you are remaining with the same instructor. You are not registered until you receive a confirmation email from Donna with your instructor’s name and your classroom assignment.

Winter Session: January 9, 10 - Feb 13, 14 (CSN Winter Break Dec. 16 - Jan. 3)

Spring Session: Feb. 27, 28 - April 10, 11 (CSN Spring Break Feb. 16 - 23; Easter April 1)*

CSN Break: April 2-6 (no classes)

Each Session: 6 classes with 9 hours of instruction. Fee: $65 for members, $75 for non-members. Fee, in the form of a check made payable to ICS, due at the first class. Checks only, please. Couples Discounts available; inquire with Donna.

Italian I

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Viviana Ardesia) is the entry level course in the Introductory Series for those with little to no experience with the language. Cristina Mazzoni’s book Italian Made Simple is the required text for the Introductory Series (Italian I-IV). ISBN# 978-0-7679-1539-7. Text available online and locally. Purchase text in advance of the first class. Instructor will guide participants through pronunciation, greetings, basic vocabulary and verb skills.
*Italian I will become Italian II in the Spring Session. Registration required. Same time and day.

Italian I

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Nancy Sguera). See above description and text requirement.

Italian II

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Joan Hoffmeister) is the second course in the Intro Series and expands on vocabulary and verb tenses. Prerequisite: Italian I or equivalent.
*Italian II will become Italian III in the Spring Session. Registration required. Same day and time.

Italian IV

(6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Wednesday with Grace Mannino) follows the logical progression of grammar acquisition necessary for a solid foundation to facilitate conversation. Prerequisite: Italian III or equivalent.
*Italian IV will become the Wrap Up in Spring Session preparing participants for Beginner Conversation. Registration required. Same day and time.

Beginner Conversation

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Joan Hoffmeister) continuation of instructor led conversations in Italian using the Mazzoni book as a resource. Prerequisite: Intro Series or equivalent.
*This course will continue in the Spring Session. Same day and time. Registration required.

Viaggiando Per Le Regioni d’Italia

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with Susan London) is an Intermediate Level 1 course focusing of history, customs, food and people from various regions of Italy. Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner Conversation or equivalent. Required text available through the instructor.
*This course will continue in the Spring Session. Same day and time. Registration required.

Parliamoci: Livello Intermedio

(4:30 - 6:00 Tuesday with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan) reading, listening, speaking opportunities on topics pertinent to Italian life. Weekly homework assigned. Required text: Italian Vocabulary Drills by Stillman, Cherubini and Gordon. Prerequisite: Intermediate Level 1 Conversation or equivalent.
*This course will continue in the Spring Session. Same day and time. Registration required.

La Cultura Italiana

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan) is an upper intermediate/advanced level course conducted entirely in Italian focusing on literary works, music, film, art. Weekly homework assigned. Required text: Musica, cinema e teatro by M.A. Cernigliaro ISBN# 978-960-693-002-7. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent.
*This course will continue in the Spring Session. Same day and time. Registration required.

Advanced Conversation

(4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday with Grace Mannino) integrates language, current events, culture and literary selections to engage participants in lively discussions. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent.
*Adv. Con. is an ongoing course that will continue in the Spring Session. Same day and time.

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.

Viviana Ardesia

Viviana Ardesia is a native of Pescara, a tiny city on the Adriatic Sea, where she attended high school in Classical Studies. She has a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and a PhD in Italian History from the University of Udine. She has lived in Pisa, Milan and Turin teaching Italian Grammar and Literature at the public school level and History at university for more than 10 years. Viviana moved to Florida recently with her family and is enthusiastic about sharing the language and culture she loves.
3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 199, Naples, FL 34105 - Phone: (239) 434-3323 -