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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.

Adult Language 2018-2019


Course Offerings Fall Session October 30 and 31 - Dec. 11 and 12

Italian I

 (First Course in the Introductory Series- Italian I - IV) with Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan on Wed. 6:15 - 7:45
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.
No prerequisite.


Required Text: “Arrivederci for English Speakers”**ISBN# 978-960-693-121-5 available from Applause Books (Edilingua publication) at $31.70 plus shipping/postage and Amazon (for a bit more). Workbook, DVD, Text and CD all included with purchase.
**This is the new text adopted for the Intro Series (Italian I - VI) beginning Fall of 2018.


Italian III with Viviana Ardesia on Wed. 4:30 - 6:00

Continuation of the Intro Series with the required text ”Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni. If you have previously taken classes in the Intro Series on Wednesday afternoons, this is the class for you.
Prerequisite: Italian II


Italian IV with Joan Hoffmeister on Tues. 4:30 - 6:00

Continuation of the Intro Series with the required text  ”Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni. If you have previously taken classes in the Intro Series on Tuesdays, this is the class for you.
Prerequisite: Italian III


Italian VI with Grace Mannino on Wed.  6:15 - 7:45

Continuation of the Intro Series with the required text “Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni. If you have previously taken the Wednesday evening class in the Intro Series, this is the class for you.  
Prerequisite: Italian V


The “Italian Made Simple” text will be discontinued at the conclusion of the Italian VI classes. 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 any of the classes in the Intro Series with the designation III, IV or VI.

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: Intro Series or the equivalent


Viaggiando per Le Regioni d’Italia with Susan London on Tues. 4:30 - 6:00
Intermediate level course focusing on history, customs, food and people from various regions of Italy. Familiarity with verb tenses, pronouns and core vocabulary is essential. 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


“Parlando della cultura italiana…” Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan on Wed. 4:30 - 6:00
Conversation for Upper Intermediate and Advanced participants focusing on developing fluency in Italian. This course uses both information and regional traditions and literature to prompt conversation about Italian culture both past and present. Relevant grammar and vocabulary will be covered. Music, art and/or film will supplement the readings. Some homework assigned.
Required text: “In viaggio: moving towards fluency in Italian” by Olson, Edwards and Foerster, McGraw Hill, 2003. Available through Amazon.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversation


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: Upper Intermediate Conversation or equivalent


All classes are response driven requiring 6 or more registered participants. Registration is an email to Donna Lenzi, program coordinator Your name, telephone number and ICS membership status (member or non-member) must be included in your registration even if you have previously registered for courses in the ICS Adult Language Program.  

Registration begins August 1, 2018 for the Fall Session.

Class Schedule
Fall Session: Oct. 30 and 31 - Dec. 11 and 12
Winter Session: Jan. 8 and 9 - Feb. 12 and 13
CSN Winter Break: Feb. 18 - 22
Spring Session: Feb. 26 and 27 - April 2 and 3
CSN Break: April 15 - 19
Easter: April 21

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 -