Italian Classes Winter/Spring Session 2020

Children's classes starting the week of January 27th

Adult classes starting the week of February 3rd 


The Discovery of the Italian Language – from basic to advanced – is available at Casa Belvedere. Our courses are designed to provide students with a sound basis for learning to communicate effectively and accurately in contemporary spoken and written Italian.
Buon Divertimento!


CLASS SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

WE TRY OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS.

Pre-Registration

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Weekend Immersion Program

Pre-Registration - No payment due at this time

2020 Dates are as follows:

May 1-3

Tuition: $250

The program will be conducted entirely in Italian as the instruction will focus on developing conversational skills.

Friday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

The session includes a two hour lunch break at a local restaurant where students have the opportunity to continue to engage in conversation.

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm 

Text will be distributed to students for the duration of the program with the option to purchase it at session's end. Cost of text to be determined. Coffee and snacks included.  Students are responsible for the cost of off-site luncheons. 

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Course for Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Pre-Registration - No payment due at this time

The World Of Elena Ferrante In Her Neapolitan Series

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND

Course for Intermediate and Advanced levels

9 sessions • Saturdays 10am -12pm

Elena Ferrante is the acclaimed author of the tetralogy about the complex and captivating friendship between Lila and Elena, set in Naples over a period of Italy’s social history from the Fifties to the Nineties. It is not an exaggeration to compare Elena Ferrante with another great Italian woman author such as Elsa Morante, because in very different ways, both grapple with History—the personal, private History of everyday life, simple characters, and that of the country at large—revealing its gaps, its beauties and its passions. In these four books which constitute a “saga” à la Harry Potter, Elena Ferrante deals up close and in a controversial way with the questions of girlhood and womanhood through the vicissitudes of a strong friendship. She does this using a highly musical language which is accessible to everyone. The material, intelligent but also engaging, is thus perfectly suited for learning the Italian language and learning about Italian culture directly in the field. The characters and themes dealt with, and the grammatical structures used, offer an example of the intersection of literature, history and language at its best. 

Starting from the screening of clips of each episode of the HBOacclaimed series “My Brilliant Friend”, the course will consist of the reading and comprehension of selected parts of the first book of the tetralogy, exercises of creative writing related, and listening of the audiobooks.

The course will be mostly in Italian, with some explanations in English where needed.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDEES

  • The preview reading of the book is advised but not mandatory
  • Advised level of Italian is Intermediate/Advanced

The course will involve the use of audiobooks for listening, the audio of the book played by Anna Boniauto, worksheets with simple exercises geared toward vocabulary and writing, and exercises for comprehension and speaking.  
Cost $360 which includes 9 sessions • Saturdays 10am -12pm

Adult Beginner - Conversation 1

Adult Beginner - Conversation 1

Adult Beginner - Conversation 1

Weekday Class

Monday 7pm or Wednesday 7pm

This course is for beginner students who wish to learn Italian and discover the culture of Italy. Through a thematic approach, students will develop basic communication skills and enrich their vocabulary and practical expressions. Students will learn to converse in Italian in various situations: shopping, ordering a meal, interacting among speakers of Italian, talking about oneself, obtaining information about people and things and so on. The emphasis of the course will be to empower the students and help them gain the necessary confidence to communicate in Italian. 


Students meet once a week for a 1 ½ hour class for 12 weeks

(Tuition: $275 + $30 Fee) 10% family discount for each additional child or parent enrolled in one of our programs.  COUPON CODE: family10

Adult Beginner - Conversation 2

Adult Beginner - Conversation 1

Adult Beginner - Conversation 1

Weekday Class

Monday 5:30pm

This course is designed for students of Italian who have completed Communicative Italian 1, as well as others who have had a basic background in the study of Italian and are interested in expanding their proficiency in the language. Students in this class will refine their basic skills through the development of various themes such as the self-portrait, the family, shopping, Italian food and recipes, leisure time, visiting Italy and so on. Students will be exposed to relevant reading materials as a source for developing fluency in Italian. 


Students meet once a week for a 1 ½ hour class for 12 weeks

(Tuition: $275 + $30 Fee) 10% family discount for each additional child or parent enrolled in one of our programs. COUPON CODE: family10

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Weekday Class

Monday 7pm

This course is designed for students who have a good proficiency of the Italian language and wish to expand their knowledge of the language. The class is conducted solely in Italian. 


Students meet once a week for a 1 ½ hour class for 12 weeks

(Tuition: $275 + $30 Fee) 10% family discount for each additional child or parent enrolled in one of our programs. COUPON CODE: family10

Children's Classes

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Weekday Class

This class aims at introducing Italian language to children.  It offers a communicative approach, designed to get children to speak from the very onset of the program. Children will acquire basic vocabulary as it relates to colors, fruits, vegetable, parts of the body and so forth. Children will be able to express themselves in basic Italian, using forms such as I like, I don’t like, I prefer, my favorite… and so on. 


Students meet once a week for a 1  hour class for 10 weeks

(Tuition: $270 + $30 Fee) 10% family discount for each additional child or parent enrolled in one of our programs. COUPON CODE: family10

Classes will be held in the Bacco Wine Bar.

TERMS: FULL PAYMENT IS DUE AT REGISTRATION. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. $30 FEE FOR RETURNED CHECKS. UNUSED CLASSES CANNOT BE REFUNDED, RESCHEDULED OR CREDITED TO ANOTHER SESSION. NO MAKE-UPS FOR MISSED CLASSES.