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Italian Language Classes Fall 2019 website edition

ICS offers Italian language classes for adults at the Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road (one traffic light north of the Pine Ridge/Livingston intersection) in Building N on Tuesdays and Wednesdays “in season” to provide 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 more information.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES AND FOR EACH SESSION. Registration begins August 20 for the Fall Session. Each session is 6 weeks with 9 hours of instruction.

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

To register include your course selection and a TELEPHONE NUMBER EVEN IF YOU HAVE TAKEN ICS COURSES IN THE PAST WITH THE SAME INSTRUCTOR. Courses are response driven and will be offered on the days and at the times listed below if there is 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 the individual’s skill set.

An email from the program coordinator is your registration confirmation. Full course descriptions appear on the ICS website at Click the Language Tab for descriptions and teacher bios.
Please do not contact CSN to register.

Course Offerings for Fall Session October 29 (Tuesday classes) or October 30 (Wednesday classes) through December 10 or 11. No class the week of Thanksgiving (November 26/27). Participants will have six weekly classes of 90 minute duration.

Italian I

(First Course in the Introductory Series) with Viviana Ardesia on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 30

For those with little to no experience with the Italian language, the ICS Introductory Series offers exposure to the language, grammar, opportunities for practice and speaking. Six classes of 90 minute duration.
No prerequisite.

Required Text for the Introductory Series: “Arrivederci1! for English Speakers”**ISBN# 978-960-693-121-5 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. Use the Item #EDL1215 for easy ordering in the Italian Language Section of the applauselearning website.

Italian III/IV

(Introductory  Series) Wednesday 6:15 - 7:45 with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan beginning October 30

Italian II participants will advance one level in the Introductory Series using “Arrivederci1! For English Speakers”.  
Prerequisite: Italian II.

Beginner Conversation with Joan Hoffmeister Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 29

Instructor lead conversation with “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni as the primary text with “Read and Think Italian” as an additional resource. Some homework required.
Prerequisite: Introductory Series or equivalent

Beginner Conversation with Grace Mannino Wednesday 6:15 - 7:45 beginning October 30

This course is geared to students who have completed basic grammar and are ready to converse on a variety of topics. The four skill of language learning will be practiced, but vocabulary building and speaking will be the focus. Grammar may be explained as needed. Although not required, the previously used Mazzoni textbook will be used as a reference for vocabulary and grammar. The instructor will provide handouts of thematic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Assigned homework will facilitate the classroom conversations.

Advanced Beginner Conversation with Joan Hoffmeister Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 30

Take your beginner conversation skills to the next level with instructor led topics. Required text is “Primiracconti: Un Giorno Diverso” by Marco Dominici available at Use Item#0003 for easy ordering or type Primiracconti in the search box on the Italian Language Page of the website. $12.50  Limited copies also available at Amazon/EdiLingua.
Prerequisite: Beginner Conversation or equivalent

Viaggiando per Le Regioni d’Italia with Grace Mannino Tuesday  4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 29

Intermediate level course with classwork and homework include readings, presentations, group discussions, vocabulary and grammar enhancement.
Required text is “Leggere la Civiltà” Paolo  Balboni, Maria Voltolina, Loescher Editore, 2014.
Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner Conversation or equivalent

“Parlando della cultura italiana…” Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 30

Upper Intermediate and Advanced level conversation. Some homework assigned.
Required text: “In viaggio: moving towards fluency in Italian” by Olson, Edwards and Foerster, McGraw Hill, 2003. Available through Amazon and online new and used.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

Advanced Conversation with Grace Mannino on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 beginning October 30

Integrates language, current events, culture and literature by engaging students in discussions of diversified topics. In a relaxed atmosphere of a small class, conversational skills and fluency are enhanced through activities such as prepared, as well as impromptu presentations, pairing, and group work. The course is also suitable for native-born Italians who wish to practice the language they may already know, and enrich their vocabulary with language which is current and fresh.  
Prerequisite: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

Registration begins August 20, 2019 for listed offerings in  the Fall Session. Expedite your registration by including a telephone number and course selection in your email to

ICS Class Schedule for Winter and Spring Sessions:

CSN Closed: December 16, 2019 through January 12, 2020

Winter Session: January 14 (Tuesday classes) and January 15 (Wednesday classes) through February 18 and 19

Spring Session: February 25 (Tuesday classes) or 26 (Wednesday classes) through March 31 and April 1

Separate registration required for each session.
N.B. Some classes are held on the second floor of Building N at CSN. An elevator and rest rooms are located on the ground floor of the M building.

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.

Grace Mannino

author and educational consultant who received her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, brought 33 years of foreign language teaching experience in NY to the ICS program in 2003. 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 Naples 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.

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.
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