ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Spring-Summer Language Courses, 2021

Learn the language of "la dolce vita" with our native Italian-speaking Instructors.

Whether you are new to the Italian language, totally fluent, or everything in between we are delighted to welcome you. No matter what your goals are for learning Italian: business, travel, pleasure, or because you love the sound of this beautiful language and would like to understand it better.

 

All our classes are conducted in Italian by instructors who are university qualified native speakers. These instructors provide training in all basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a systematic study of grammar.

Registration is now closed for the Spring-Summer Session.  The 10-Week Classes start the week of April 19, 2021.   Subscribe to our mailing list for announcements so you will know when registration will be open for the Fall Session.
 

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A DISCOUNT CODE WILL BE OFFERED TO MEMBERS FOR ALL CLASSES!
*contact us prior to registration to get the discount code*

 

 

 

See our MEMBERSHIP PAGE to renew or become a new member

DISCOUNTS WILL BE OFFERED TO MEMBERS FOR ALL CLASSES!

 
 
 
 
 
 

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