The Italian Cultural Society of Naples Florida

Italian Language

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Italian Language Classes 2021-2022 Website Edition

The Italian Cultural Society will offer virtual and in-person opportunities for members and friends of the Society to learn and speak la nostra bella lingua.

Contact Donna Lenzi, Program Coordinator, to register or for information.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES AND FOR EACH SESSION.. Registration begins August 30 for the Fall Session. Each session offers 6 weekly classes (9 hours of instruction).

Fee: $65 for ICS Members and $75 for non-members.

To register, your email to Donna Lenzi at should include:

1. First and Last Name (for the class roster)
2. Telephone Number (best way to reach you)
3. Course Selection (by name as described below) with Day and Time
4. Membership Status in ICS (Member or Non-Member)
5. Preferred Email Address for your Zoom Invitation

Courses are response driven and will be offered on the days and at the times listed below with a minimum of 6 registered participants. Every effort will be made to ensure that participants are properly placed in a class that offers the “best fit” for their skill set. Separate registration required for each session even if you are currently enrolled.

Information regarding course payment will be included in your confirmation email.

Proposed Course Offerings for Fall Session 2021

Participants will have six 90-minute classes held weekly. Virtual class size will be limited to eight participants.

Italian I (First course Introductory Series) with Viviana Ardesia Tuesdays 10:45 - 12:15 beginning October 26 via Zoom.

For those with little to no experience with the Italian language, the Introductory Series (Italian I - VI) offers exposure to the language, grammar, opportunities for practice and speaking.
Italian I or equivalent as prerequisite.
Required Text: "Arrivederci1! for English Speakers"ISBN# 9789606931215 available from Applause Books (Edilingua publication) at $31.70 plus shipping/postage). Workbook, DVD, Text and CD all included with purchase. Item #EDL1215 in the Italian Language Section of the applause learning website.

Italian I with Alessandra Castoldi Thursdays 10:00 11:30 beginning October 28 via Zoom.

See above for course description and required text information for "Arrivederci..." at

Italian I with Grace Mannino Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. beginning October 27 in-person at Community School of Naples.

This course is for those with little to no experience with the Italian language. Zoom or in-person.
Required Text: "Italian Made Simple" by Cristina Mazzoni ISBN# 9780767915397 available online $13.00 or less depending on distributor.

Italian III with Joan Hoffmeister Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. beginning October 26 via Zoom.

Third course in the Introductory Series focusing on pronunciation, greetings, vocabulary, nouns and essential verbs.
Required text: "Italian Made Simple" by Cristina Mazzoni ISBN# 9780767915397 available online $13.00 or less depending on distributor.
Prerequisite: Italian II or equivalent

Italian V (Fifth course in the Intro Series) with Nancy Sguera Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00beginning October 27 via Zoom.

Required text: "Arrivederci!1 For English Speakers" as described above.
Prerequisite: Italian III

Beginner Conversation with Nancy Sguera Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. beginning October 28 via Zoom.

Required text: "Easy Italian Reader" premium third edition by Riccarda Saggese, McGraww Hill $16 at local booksellers and online. ISBN# 9781260463644
Prerequisite: Introductory Series or equivalent

Lower Intermediate Conversation with Grace Mannino Thursdays 4:30-6:00 beginning October 28 in-person at Community School of Naples.

Instructor-led conversation for students who are ready to put their grammar skills to use in a conversational setting. Required text: “Read and Think Italian Second Premium Edition” McGraw Hill ISBN#978-1-259-83633-6 at $20
Prerequisite: Conversational experience at beginner level

Intermediate Conversation with Joan Hoffmeister Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. beginning October 27 via Zoom.

Prerequisite: Conversational skills at Lower Intermediate or equivalent.
Required text: "In Viaggio: Moving Toward Fluency in Italian" by Olson, Edwards, Foerster McGraw Hill or other sources new and used. ISBN # 9780072402643

Parlando della Cultura Italiana with Viviana Ardesia Thursdays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. beginning October 28 via Zoom

This course is an Upper Intermediate/Advanced level conversation course with weekly assigned homework.
Required text: "Trame: Contemporary Italian Reader" by Abbona-Sneider, Borra and Pausini, Yale University Press,. ISBN # 9780300124958
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

Advanced Intermediate Conversation with Alessandra Castoldi Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. beginning October 27.

Required text: "Trame..." as described above
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent.



Our Instructors

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.

Alessandra Castoldi

was born in a city near Milan where she completed Classical Studies at the high school level and graduated in Italian Language and Literature at the University of Milan. She taught Italian and History in public school in Italy for almost 20 years. In 2016 she moved abroad with her family and started teaching Italian as a second language at all levels. She loves to meet people from different cultures and to share the Italian language and culture.

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.

Grace Mannino

a native-born Italian, author and educational consultant who received her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, brought 33 years of high school and college teaching experience in NY to the ICS program in 2003. In addition to teaching Italian, French and Spanish, Grace was President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian of Long Island, President of Long Island Language Teachers, and a member of numerous committees on the national, state and regional level. Since retiring, Grace's enthusiasm in promoting Italian language and culture has found a new home in Naples.

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.

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