ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

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Registration is now closed since classes have started.  Please check back in a couple of months when we post our Spring Classes.  To inquire about classes, message us at: dantesantacruz1265@gmail.com

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DISCOUNTS WILL BE OFFERED TO MEMBERS FOR ALL CLASSES!

 

Class Descriptions

 
 
 
 
 

Online Class Schedule Fall 2020

Beginning Italian

Beginning Italian

(CEF A1.1 as per the Common European Framework Reference)

Course Description

This course is recommended for students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language. Beginning speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing skills will be covered with Italian as the preferred language of instruction.

Course Goal

At the end of this Level you’ll be able to introduce yourself (nationality, profession, telephone number, address, etc), describe your family and its members, buy something in a shop. In grammar you can conjugate regular verbs in Present Tense, use the verbs “essere”  “avere”, differentiate between “tu” and“Lei”, identify the gender of nouns and adjectives, know numbers.

Required Text

A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano. We will tentatively cover Chapters 1-5

Intermediate Italian

(CEF A1.2 as per the Common European Framework Reference)

Course Description

This continuation to Beginning serves as a bridge to the Intermediate class. It gives students more practice speaking, listening, comprehending, reading, and writing with Italian the primary language of instruction.

Course Goal

At the end of this Level you can ask and answer about weather, time seasons and talk about daily routine. In grammar, you can conjugate all the Present Tense (regular, irregular, reflexive and stem-changing verbs), you understand quantifiers (tanto, poco, molto, etc.), and can express frequency (sempre, mai, a volte, etc).

Required Text

A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano. We will tentatively cover Chapters 6-10

Intermediate 2 Italian

(CEF A1.3 as per the Common European Framework Reference)

Course Description

This course is a continuation of the intermediate class. Its objective is to further develop students' competency in writing and oral communication. It will help them refine their use of verbs, grammar and idiomatic expressions, enrich their vocabulary and express themselves with greater confidence.

Course Goal

At the end of this Level you can talk about activities, express opinions, agreement and disagreement. You are able to describe what you did yesterday and will do tomorrow. In grammar, you are confident using the Present Tense, and know the conjugation of verbs in the Past Tense and Future. You can use simple and combined prepositions.

Required Text

A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano. We will cover tentatively Chapters 9-11

Advanced Italian

Advanced Italian

Course Description

The objective of this class is to improve the writing and communication skills of the students, their ability to understand with ease what they hear or read in Italian so that they can summarize information from different spoken and written forms and express themselves clearly and spontaneously. An advanced knowledge of grammar is required. 

Course Goal

Students will listen to or read relevant topics from written or audio sources provided by the teacher and will be invited to converse. Some topic of grammar will also be reviewed each lesson. 

Required Text

Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Text (Italian Edition)

A Self-teaching Guide by Edoardo Lébano. We will cover tentatively Chapters 12-15

Conversational Italian

Conversational Italian

Course Description

This course is recommended for students who have a good grasp of the Italian language. Idiomatic expressions, specific vocabulary, and revisions of grammatical points are used to improve speaking skills and fluency.

Course Goal

There will be various topics for discussion including articles from Italian magazines and readings from Italian literature. This is the most advanced class we offer. In this class “parliamo solo italiano”.

Required Text

None.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

 

Live Oak Senior Center in the Annex
(building on the right) 
1777 Capitola Road - Santa Cruz, CA 95062  

Simpkins Family Swim Center, Room B 
979 17th Avenue 
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 

All Classes will be ONLINE

FRANCESCA

BENINI

was born and raised in Verona, Italy. She moved to the USA in 1998 with her husband, who is from Bologna, and their daughter. She has been teaching Italian and Italian cooking classes in every city she and her family have lived in the U.S. These include: Cincinnati, Ohio-Amici School, Santa Cruz, California-Dante Alighieri Society, Jacksonville, Florida-University of North Florida Continuing Education, and Melbourne, Florida and Irvine, California, her current home, where she conducted private classes. Francesca travels to Italy several times per year to see her family and friends. Her daughter is a student at the George Washington D.C.Law School. Francesca enjoys reading historical non-fiction and biographies, cooking, and playing mahjong.  If students have questions, feel free to contact her.

MIRELLA SAVEGNAGO

was born and raised in Italy and is a graduate in education and psychology from Catholic University, Milan, and is qualified as a teacher in Italy. She has spent many years in marketing and management world-wide, but since she arrived in California in 2017 has been teaching Italian, both to groups and individuals, as well as Italian cooking. She is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes for Dante. She is fluent in English and has studied French, Spanish, and Mandarin. She travels to Italy several times a year where she and her husband Francesco have a home, where her son lives. Her daughter is a UC Davis. graduated. If students have concerns about ability levels, feel free to contact this instructor.

 IRENE
BARGETTO
 

has been teaching the Dante Conversational Italian class since 2009. Irene was born and raised in Chieri, Piemonte, Italy, where she graduated with a degree in Accounting. She also speaks French and Spanish. Irene returns to Italy every year to visit her family and to keep well connected to her Italian heritage. Over the years, Irene has enjoyed tutoring family members and friends in Italian. She lives in Soquel with her husband, Peter, and their two bilingual children, Simone and Sabrina. Irene is the Business Manager for Santa Cruz Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Group in Santa Cruz and also helps her husband with their business, Soquel Vineyards. If students have concerns about ability levels, feel free to contact this instructor.

ABOUT US

The Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz is a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the study and promotion of Italian culture and language.  

Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

P.O. Box 4253

Santa Cruz, CA 95063

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