The Italian Cultural Society of Naples Florida

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The ICS Adult Language Program

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) 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, lenzidonna@gmail.com to register or for more information.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES AND FOR EACH SESSION. Registration begins Feb. 5 for the Spring Session. Each session is 6 weeks with 9 hours of instruction.
Fee: $65 for ICS Members and $75 for non-members paid by check on the first day of class. Checks only, please. No cash or credit cards accepted.


Registration: 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.


Course Offerings for the Six-Week Spring Session


Beginning Feb. 26 (Tuesday Classes) and Feb. 27 (Wednesday Classes). Classes conclude April 2 or 3.


Italian II

with Nancy Sguera on Tues. 4:30 - 6:00
Italian I participants will advance one level in the Introductory Series at the same time, in the same classroom with the same text and instructor. Italian I (“Arrivederci1! For English Speakers”) is the prerequisite for this course. Six classes of 90 minute duration beginning Feb. 27.


Italian II

with Susan London on Wed. 6:15 - 7:45
Italian I participants will advance one level in the Introductory Series at the same time, in the same classroom with the same text and instructor. Italian I (“Arrivederci1! For English Speakers”) is the prerequisite for this course. Six classes of 90 minute duration beginning Feb. 27.


Italian III

with Viviana Ardesia on Wed. 6:15-7:45
Italian II participants will advance one level in the Introductory Series at the same time, in the same room and with the same required text “Arrivederci1! For English Speakers”.


Italian III

with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan on Wed. 6:15-7:45
Italian II participants will advance one level in the Introductory Series at the same time, in the same room and with the same required text “Arrivederci1! For English Speakers”.


Italian V

with Viviana Ardesia on Wed. 4:30 - 6:00
Fifth course in the Intro Series (Italian I-VI) to prepare participants for conversational Italian
Prerequisite: Italian IV or equivalent. Required text “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni


Italian VI

with Joan Hoffmeister on Tues. 4:30 - 6:00
Final course in the Intro Series (Italian I-VI) preparing participants for conversational Italian.
Prerequisite: Italian V or equivalent. Required text “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni


Beginner Conversation

with Grace Mannino on Wed.  6:15 - 7:45
Italian VI participants advance to Beginner Conversation with the same instructor, text, room and time.
Prerequisite: Italian I-VI or equivalent.


The “Italian Made Simple” text will be discontinued at the conclusion of the Intro Series specifying the Mazzoni text. If you have used the Mazzoni text in the past and feel you need a refresher before continuing on with your studies, you may select from either of the classes in the Intro Series designated V or VI or Beginner Conversation.



Advanced Beginner Conversation

with Joan Hoffmeister on Wed. 4:30 - 6:00
Take your beginner conversation skills to the next level with instructor led topics.
Prerequisite: Beginner Conversation or equivalent

Viaggiando per Le Regioni d’Italia

with Susan London on Tues. 4:30 - 6:00
Intermediate level course with classwork and homework include readings, presentations, group discussions, vocabulary and grammar enhancement.
Required text available through the instructor is Leggere la Civiltà di Balboni e Voltelina, Loescher Editore, 2014.
Prerequisite: Advanced Beginner Conversation or equivalent

“Parlando della cultura italiana…”

Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan on Wed. 4:30 - 6:00
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 Wed. 4:30 - 6:00
Integrates language, current events, culture and literature to engage participants in lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere with varied activities. Contextual vocabulary and idiomatic expressions constitute the emphasis on vocabulary building.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation or equivalent

Registration begins Feb 5, 2018 for the Spring Session which begin immediately after CSN Winter Break. No Italian I course will be offered in Spring Session.


Class Schedule

Winter Session: Jan. 8 or 9 through Feb. 12 or 13
CSN Winter Break: Feb. 18 - 22 - NO CLASSES
Spring Session: Feb. 26 or 27 through April 2 or 3 (6 classes) - Registration Required.




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.
3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 199, Naples, FL 34105 - Phone: (239) 434-3323 - ics.naples@gmail.com